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Work Stops At Foundry

The Cherry Hill Construction Inc. has not been working on the site since the middle of April.

The contractors for the developer of the former Foundry have not been working on the site since the middle of April due to "financial considerations," according to an email from a state Department of Public Health official.

Cherry Hill Construction, Inc., the , stopped work on or about April 18, according to an email from William M. Stapleton, Jr., who is Environmental Sanitarian 2 for the Connecticut Department of Public Health, that went to Rocky Hill Engineering Technician Robert Alvarado Wednesday morning from Ed Malik.

Alvarado confirmed the email and said they are looking into it.

"We are trying to figure out why it stopped," he said.

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The equipment for Cherry Hill Construction, Inc. remains on the site. However, "it is the DPH’s understanding that resumption of demolition is unlikely in the near future," the email said.

On Jan. 27, Cherry Hill Construction, which is also a remediation services company, submitted an Alternative Work Practice plan to the Connecticut Department of Health, which is required for any unsafe demolition work, because hazardous-materials needed to be removed on two sections of Building E. In Feburary, work resumed on the site after the company received permission from the Connecticut Department of Public Health to continue.

In 2009, the town filed a lawsuit to take the Foundry by eminent domain from its owner. The owner filed a counter lawsuit and this fall the Town Council approved a plan that paved the way and , where iron castings were once made. The  just before the first of the year.

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