Email from Wellesley College to Residents

December 14, 2014

Dear Neighbor:

Recent work on site brought to our attention the discovery of asphalt in the southern portion of the North 40 land parcel. We have since tested the substance and while the results confirm that it is not hazardous, it does need to be removed. The College will be removing the substance from an isolated area within the coming weeks. During this time you may notice some activity on the North 40 as our team removes the debris.

Testing has revealed that the asphalt appears to have been on the site for 50 to 100 years. It is likely that the substance was disposed of by an unknown third party as it is not consistent with any material used for College purposes.

The removal process is set to begin on December 15 and will continue through year end; part of this process will include trucks and heavy machinery accessing the southern portion of the land by way of the aqueduct. For safety reasons, the Crosstown Trail will be closed during the period that equipment will go back and forth over the aqueduct. Further, the old landfill trail will not be accessible while trucks are on the site. We encourage neighbors to enjoy their walks in other parts of town over this time.  We are working with the town to be sure this process is handled quickly and with minimal inconvenience to you, our neighbors.

Thank you for your understanding.  If you have any questions, please contact me at


Ben Hammond

Vice President for Finance and Administration
Wellesley College

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