The City of Worcester Business and Community Development Office requested the services of Nover-Armstrong, a Division of BETA Group, Inc., to supervise MCP Release Abatement Measure (RAM) soil management activities to facilitate the relocation of the historic Stearns Tavern structure to the site of a former industrial manufacturing property in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The City of Worcester partnered with Preservation Worcester and the Seven Hills Corporation to relocate the historic Stearns Tavern structure for the purposes of creating a multi-generational and universally accessible park and playground. MCP RAM activities were implemented to manage known areas of residually impacted soils that were anticipated to be encountered during construction activities. The impacted soil required management in accordance with the conditions of a Notice of Activity and Use Limitation (AUL) that was filed as part of MCP site regulatory closure in 2014. The site was historically occupied by Coes Knife, a metals manufacturing facility. Contaminants of concern in site soil included PCBs, metals (arsenic, chromium and lead), and several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
In an effort to assess current subsurface conditions in the area of the proposed relocation of the historic Stearns Tavern structure (prior to its being moved to the site), the project team supervised pre-RAM subsurface assessment activities including soil and ground water sampling and analysis. The team subsequently submitted a RAM Plan to MassDEP and supervised management of the impacted soils in compliance with the AUL during construction activities. The historic Stearns Tavern structure was successfully relocated and an engineered cap was installed over applicable areas.