Woonsocket Middle School

Fuss & O’Neill was retained by the City to assist in the ambitious sensitive-reuse remediation and redevelopment of a highly contaminated 20-acre brownfield site into a state-of-the-art education complex.

Conversion of the former mill complex required extensive environmental investigation, remediation, and permitting at the local, state, and federal levels.

Our team developed a proactive Environmental Justice outreach program to address anticipated concern regarding clean-up and construction of the school on contaminated land. This stakeholder involvement process included the distribution of bilingual fact sheets and flyers, as well as public meetings, newspaper articles, and opportunities for candid discussion.

Throughout the project, we fostered outreach and inclusion of residents, the school community, and municipal, state and federal officials.

Our collaborative approach played a key role in the successful redevelopment of the new $80 million middle school.