The deteriorating former Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain Site at 1 Cook St. in Adams is on its way to becoming a public park.

The Berkshire Eagle reports the town is set to receive $200,000 in brownfields cleanup grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remove contaminants from the site.

The one-acre site was formerly used as a storage and retail facility for coal, grain, wood, and hay, It also functioned as a fuel distributor from the 1950s until 1982.

According to the EPA, brownfields are properties whose expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants.

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