The "Grace Site" is basically the area near the Alewife T station, east of Alewife Brook Parkway
(Routes 2, 3, and 16), to the west and north of Russell Field, and north of Rindge Avenue
(including Jerry's Pond) up to Whittemore Avenue. Almost all of the site is slated for development
The "targeted" areas, which were more likely to contain asbestos based on their history,
are sampled less than the rest of the site.
Notice all the areas where you'd expect to see sampling
- based on the overall grid (row and column) sampling pattern -
but where there were no samples.
In addition to asbestos, there's a long list of other contaminants in the soil at high
enough levels to pose a health risk. Furthermore, the area that Grace wants to develop
is in the floodplain of Alewife Brook. The Alewife Brook Reservation, a protected wilderness
area controlled by the MDC (Metropolitan District Commission), borders Grace's property.
Even if Grace provides flood storage as required by Wetlands Protection Act, the weight of
the buildings will squeeze the "sponge" capacity of the floodplain area. Local flooding
will likely increase in this already flood prone area.