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~Community Information Session on Paintshop Pond Cleanup Set for March 21~

For immediate release:
March 13, 2001


Mary Ann Hill
(781) 283-2373

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College will host a public information session for area residents to learn about the college's plans to cleanup the Paintshop Pond site. The session will be held Wednesday, March 21, from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Great Hall of the Wellesley Town Hall. Local residents are invited to view display boards that detail the project, ask questions of members of project team, and look at a model of the current area and how it will look when the project is completed.

The site is located on the western border of the campus, south of Route 135. It was acquired by the College in 1932 and maintained as open space. In the mid-1970s, with the advent of regulatory policies and greater environmental awareness, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection notified the College that it had identified soils contaminated with paint pigments on and around the site of the former factory (which began operations in 1848 and continued for nearly 80 years).

The cleanup of the site is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks. Two weeks ago, the college posted signs on the path around Lake Waban notifying the campus and visitors that a portion of the path will be temporarily closed during the cleanup project. Beginning in late March, a segment of the path, from the boathouse west about a 1/4 mile, will be closed until the project is completed in the late spring of 2002. Anyone with questions about the project should call 781-283-2788 or click here to visit the Paintshop Pond web site.


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  • Date Created: July 30, 2001
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