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291 Homer Street

Site Number C905042

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Below are fact sheets and abbreviated versions of work plans (if available) for this site in PDF form for download. To view the complete document, please contact DEC or visit the document repositories listed under Where to Find Information.


Location: The site is located at 291 Homer Street in the City of Olean. It is approximately 2.43 acres in size.

Site Features: The site is occupied by MJ Painting Contractor Corporation, a commercial and industrial painting contractor. There are three metal buildings currently on the site which includes offices, warehouse storage, and paint shops. All of the buildings are constructed on concrete piers with slab-on-grade foundations. Areas surrounding the buildings consist mainly of asphalt pavement/concrete and landscaped areas. Two Mile Creek, a small tributary of the Allegheny River, is approximately 200 feet to the east of the site.

Current Zoning and Land Use: The site formerly consisted of two tax parcels, 291 Homer Street and 299 Homer Street, both of which were zoned for industrial use. The parcels were combined into 291 Homer Street during remediation and the zoning remains for industrial use. The entire site is operated by MJ Painting Contractor Corporation for commercial painting operations.

Past Use of the Site: The site was owned by Vacuum Oil Company (predecessor of SOCONY-Vacuum Oil Company, Inc.) from 1913 until approximately 1954. The area in the vicinity of the site was used for industrial operations including, but not limited to, petroleum storage and refining, leather tanneries, heavy and light manufacturing, chrome plating, fertilizer manufacturing, and railroad facilities.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: The site is essentially flat with no distinctive natural topographic features. The land slopes very gently to the southeast. The soil consists of fine-to-coarse sand, silt and gravel (with inclusions of ash, concrete, wood, brick, slag, etc.) to a depth of up to 19 feet below ground surface (bgs) underlain by a silty/clay layer. Areas subject to remedial excavations were backfilled with bank run gravel to the design grade.

The site is underlain by an upper and lower outwash aquifer, separated by a clay and silt layer. The upper aquifer ranges from 10 to 50 ft. thick and is locally confined by a clayey gravel surface layer. The lower aquifer averages 30 ft. thick and is semi-confined by the overlying silt and clay unit. The lower aquifer tends to be more permeable than the upper aquifer. The water table is located between 2 and 9 ft. bgs and groundwater generally flows to the southeast.

Brownfield Cleanup Program

New York's BCP encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as "brownfields" so that they can be reused and redeveloped. These uses include recreation, housing, business or other uses. A brownfield is any real property that is difficult to reuse or redevelop because of the presence or potential presence of contamination. For more information about the BCP, visit DEC's website.

Where to Find Information

Public interest in this project is valued and appreciated. Project documents are available at the following location to help the public stay informed. You may also view electronic versions of project documents in the Digital Files section above (if available). Large documents may be abbreviated to meet DEC's file size requirements for posting to the website. Hard copies of full project documents are available at the listed locations.

Olean Public Library
134 N 2nd Street
Olean, NY 14760
(716) 372-0200

Whom to Contact

For more information about activities at the site, or if you have questions, comments, or concerns, we encourage you to contact the representatives listed below. If you know anyone who would like to be added to the e-mailing list to receive project updates, please have them contact one of the DEC representatives listed below.

Project Related Questions
Benjamin McPherson
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7220

Site-Related Health Questions
Renata Ockerby
Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation
Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower, Room 1787
Albany, NY 12237

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