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3021 Orchard Park Road

Site Number C915289

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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.


The site is located in a moderately developed, mixed-use commercial and residential area of the Town of Orchard Park, Erie County, New York. The site is bordered by Orchard Park and Michael Roads on the west and north respectively, and commercial properties and Union Road to the east.

Site Features:
A single story, multiple-tenant, commercial building occupies the eastern half of the 5.06- acre site. The building and an asphalt parking lot cover nearly the entire site.

Current Use:
The site is currently active and is zoned for commercial use. Only commercial properties are located adjacent to the site. The nearest residential areas are located approximately 300 to 400 feet from the site boundaries, to the west (on Eaglebrook Drive) and northeast (on Union Road).

Historical Use:
Between 1979 and 2008, the building housed a dry cleaning shop in two of the building units, addressed as 3035 and 3039 Orchard Park Road, near the south end of the building. The dry cleaning operations appear to have led to the site contamination. Other current and former tenants included discount, grocery, drug, paint and antique stores as well as a bank, credit union, hair salon and a photocopy/printing shop.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology:
The site is generally flat and slopes gently to the north-northeast. Much of the Site is covered with asphalt underlain with a poorly graded gravel with sand subbase. Beneath the asphalt and subbase, the native soil across the site is generally described as a brown to dark grey sandy clay (till). Bedrock is 11.5 to 17 feet below ground surface (fbgs) The upper 3 to 6.5 feet of bedrock is a very weathered, shale followed by a more competent shale bedrock unit.

Shallow groundwater was encountered generally between 1.7 and 7.3 fbgs. The shallow groundwater flow is dominated by the existing underdrain system present beneath the asphalted areas across the Site. The invert elevations of the underdrain are generally 2 to 2.5 fbgs. The shallow groundwater is intercepted and directed by the underdrain system toward the northeast corner of the Site where it exits through a single catch basin (CB-3) and connects to the Orchard Park storm sewer system on Michael Road. A localized (and possibly natural) groundwater mound extends from the southeast corner of the Site, beneath the on-site building, toward and intercepted by the western portion of the underdrain system. Subsequent groundwater flow from this mound is west-northwest. In addition, the underdrain system has created a localized groundwater sink in the western portion of the Site. Shallow groundwater flow associated with this sink is inward toward the underdrain system.

The deeper, bedrock groundwater, flows in a northwesterly direction and is not apparently affected by the underdrain system. The elevation of the deeper groundwater varies from 4.1 to 6.7 fbgs, and the vertical gradient between shallow and deeper groundwater is variable.

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.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Orchard Park Branch
4570 S Buffalo Street
Orchard Park, NY 14127

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.

David Locey
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
{Call for an appointment}

Site-Related Health Questions
Christopher Doroski
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower, Room 1787
Albany, NY 12237

For More Information

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