Hamden environmental groups and Newhall neighborhood leaders are renewing a push for the state to force Olin Corporation to clean up, remediate and open a 102.5‑acre forest and wetlands site so that residents can finally enjoy the closed-off land.

That site of contention, which sits in the heart of Southern Hamden, nestled between the Dixwell Avenue shops to the west and the Newhallville neighborhood to the south, is called the Olin Powder Farm.

It includes over 100 acres of meandering paths through mature oaks, hickories, and pines, and ponds teeming with aquatic life.

And it has been privately owned and fenced off from the public since the late 1880s.

A coalition led by Save The Sound, CONECT, and the Hamden Land Conservation Trust is petitioning for Commissioner Katie Dykes of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to prioritize ​“the environmental cleanup and remediation of the Olin Powder Farm in southern Hamden and issue a new remediation order for the Olin Corporation.”

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