Hamilton Township to Discuss Environmental Clean-Up of Former Nearpara Rubber Site at Public Meeting

October 22, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township will host a public meeting to present and discuss proposed remediation and the future plans for redevelopment, of the former Nearpara Rubber Company site.

Nearpara Rubber Company opened in the late 1920s where they processed tires from across the region at the property, located at 1849 East State Street until they closed down in 1990. The site has been abandoned ever since and has faced public scrutiny over environmental health concerns including mosquito harborage areas and contaminants that have leached into the ground beneath the property.

The Hamilton Township Council has twice approved resolutions supporting a redevelopment study of the property funded by a grant awarded to the Township by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The Hazardous Discharge Remediation Fund provides grant monies to public entities to cover the full costs of investigation and a portion of the costs for the cleanup of contaminated sites identified as areas in need of redevelopment. Hamilton Township has been awarded over $250,000 to date through this grant.

“The NJDEP’s grant has allowed the Township to evaluate the environmental state of the property and provide an understanding of the scope of work needed to clean it up and turn it into something our residents can appreciate,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin. “Our goal is to redevelop the site within a three-year period after it has been fully remediated and is safe.”

The public meeting to discuss the remediation and redevelopment plans is being held at 6:00 PM on Monday, October 25 at the Hamilton Township Senior Center. For more information, please contact the Hamilton Township Division of Planning at (609) 890-3674 or visit www.HamiltonNJ.com/Planning