City Councilor Richard Conti, who heads the capital improvements committee said this week that property on Wall St. currently owned by the city is on the "fast track" to changing hands to the Attleboro Redevelopment Authority.
His discussion with Rick Correia of the ARA came Tuesday during a public hearing. Correia brought the news to his committee Thursday.
The purpose of the exchange, which should take place at the next general council meeting on Sept. 17, is to allow for the ARA to clean the property of contamination. Because the city is a responsible party, it cannot be charged with its clean-up.
In order to apply for grant funding in a timely manner, the ARA must own the property by October.
The property is currently used for the storage of vehicles, equipment and materials by the Attleboro DPW. The ARA intents to turn the property into a park along the Ten-Mile River. A municipal facility on Lamb St. will be used for fueling vehicles and storing DPW materials. Additionally, land and buildings on John Williams St. will be turned into a municipal equipment and maintenance facility.
"This is just one more piece that we move out of the way and
continue onto the next piece," Correia said.