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Brownfields Site Remediation and Cleanup of Former Sinclair Hotel Property

The Bethlehem Reimagined Development LLC has received Brownfield Cleanup Grant from the EPA and is soliciting proposals from firms to perform Brownfield cleanup and redevelopment activities.


Brownfield Cleanup
Former Sinclair Hotel Lot, Bethlehem, NH



RFP # 2022-0831
Remediation of Non-Profit-Owned Property

August 31, 2022
Proposals Due September 30, 2022

BRI Development, LLC (BRI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bethlehem Reimagined, Inc., an IRS 501(c)3 New Hampshire Nonprofit organization, was awarded a $500,000 FY2022 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Cleanup Grant to pay for remediation activities at the site of the former Sinclair Hotel on the corner of Main Street (US Rte. 302) and Agassiz Street (NH Rte.142) in Bethlehem New Hampshire.

This site consists of a single 4.8-acre parcel, with a small gazebo, chain link fence material from a previous tennis court, and a large swimming pool. The remaining site is undeveloped and overgrown with brush and trees.

The Sinclair Hotel operated continuously from 1857 until it closed in 1974. The hotel was destroyed by fire in October 1978 and has since remained undeveloped. The property is listed as a Brownfields site by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), Site Number 201703005.

The Phase II Environmental Assessment Report conducted in August 2021 identified the following soil contaminates on site:

• Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH)
• Lead
• Asbestos (contaminant of concern)
• Ash
• Fire debris

Groundwater results from three monitoring wells installed in August 2021 did not indicate impacts related to historical laundry operations, cyanide from former manufactured gas production operations, or concentrations of PAH and lead above laboratory reporting limits.

Environmental Site Assessment activities and a Remedial Action Plan have been completed for the Site. Any reuse of the Site will require corrective action to address remaining contamination and hazardous building materials. Corrective action for the Site includes stabilization and excavation of lead-impacted soil greater than 4,000mg/kg, possible removal of asbestos-containing material, stabilizing remaining lead-impacted soil, and capping with clean fill, geotextile fabric and loam. Please see Alternative 2 in the draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives and supplemental budget estimate prepared by Sanborn Head & Associates for details.

BRI Development, LLC currently seeks proposals from firms so it may select a Qualified Environmental Profession (QEP), to work with its Board of Directors, the EPA, NHDES, and other stakeholders, including the Bethlehem community, to oversee the cleanup project and management of this grant.

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Bethlehem has a rich history dating back to the 1800s when it became internationally famous as a summer tourist destination. With over 30 “Grand Dame” hotels, Bethlehem attracted world leaders, dignitaries and celebrities. Today, Bethlehem is poised for growth.

The revitalization of the Colonial Theatre and the addition of Rek-Lis Brewing brought a new vibe to the Village. Recent additions, including the new Chandler Hotel and Presidential Mountain Resort, bring visitors here to experience our wonderful town and add much-needed tax revenue to help stabilize our tax rate. Developing our empty lots will further enhance our economy and strengthen our community.

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We advise and bring resources to existing businesses so they can expand and grow, creating new jobs and increased tax revenue.

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Our first goal is to help commercial property owners on Main Street get in contact with entrepreneurs looking to come to Bethlehem or help a resident take a home-based business to the next level.

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Sinclair Lot Project

The Sinclair Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1978 which similarly left behind lead, asbestos and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contamination in its soil and groundwater. For the last forty-three years, the 4.8-acre site has been an empty, largely unused, overgrown eyesore that has been a blight on our downtown.

Our primary goal is to remediate the site for development, mitigating any and all public health concerns due to site exposure. Enticing commercial and residential development, including expansion of a senior housing complex adjoining the site will be our next area of focus.

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