Workers will start tearing out lead and asbestos from New Haven’s historic gun factory in the next couple of months, if the state comes through with a pledge to help a fast-growing hometown financial services company move to a new home.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell (at center in photo) has pledged $5.5 million in state aid towards rehabbing Tract A of Science Park, the iconic abandoned Winchester Repeating Arms Company building at the corner of Munson Street and Winchester Avenue.
Lead and asbestos are toxic materials found in most pre-1980’s construction. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been linked to such fatal diseases as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesotelioma, a rare cancer of the protective lining of the body’s major organs and cavities.