Portsmouth NH probes potential environmental issues at Community Campus

PORTSMOUTH – City employees are doing “due diligence” to investigate whether there were any environmental problems on the 34-acre campus property and the reasons the city recently agreed to buy it for $10 million, according to city attorney Robert Sullivan.

Sullivan acknowledged that former Mayor Rick Bexstead had “relayed to us” a report from a resident that areas in or near the Community Campus site had previously been used as a dumping ground for debris or backfill from the city’s North End urban renewal project.

“We take any concerns like this with the kind of seriousness required in a $10 million real estate transaction,” Sullivan said. He said city consultant engineers are conducting work on the site.

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“They are the experts and do the necessary investigation work to tell us the environmental condition of the property,” Sullivan said.

The city council voted unanimously in December to spend $10 million to purchase the 34-acre community campus property, which is owned by Seacoast Health, a nonprofit that operates a nonprofit multi-tenant center on the site.

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