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905 Elmwood Avenue

Site Number C915288

Digital Files

Below is an abbreviated version of work plans 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 905 Elmwood Avenue at the southeast corner of Elmwood Avenue and West Delevan Avenue, and is bound by W. Delavan Avenue to the north, Elmwood Avenue to the west and mixed use residential and commercial properties to the east and south.

Site Features: The site is largely comprised of a convenience and automobile service station building, three underground storage tanks (USTs), fuel dispensers, and associated canopy, and asphalt/concrete parking areas.

Current Zoning/Use: The site is zoned commercial and is occupied by a gas station.

Historical Use: The site has a long history as a petroleum filling and automobile service station since at least 1964. The site has contained at least eight underground storage tanks since 1964, three tanks remain. Additional hazardous/regulated materials and/or wastes associated with automobile repair activities were likely used, stored and/or generated on-site including gasoline, diesel, No. 2 fuel oil, kerosene, propane, motor oil, and waste oils. DEC Spills database includes four spill records associated with the Site since 2002, including the one remaining open spill file which is related to a 2008 tank test failure.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: The geology at the Site is generally described as asphalt and/or concrete surface cover with non-native soil/fill material generally present in the upper 4 to 8 feet below ground surface (fbgs) with varying amounts of granular soils (silts, sand and clay. Native soils generally consisted of sandy clay or silty sand, ranging from 4 to 15 fbgs.

Based on the bedrock geologic map of Erie County, the Site is situated over the Onondaga Formation of limestone. The historic subsurface investigations advanced borings to a maximum depth of 13-fbgs and the RI boring refusal depths ranged from 10 to 15 fbgs, the suspected top of solid, competent bedrock.

Depth to groundwater ranged from 4 to 7.5 fbgs. Groundwater flow direction is to the northwest, toward the intersection of Elmwood and West Delevan Avenues.

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
Crane Branch
633 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

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

Site Related Health Questions:
Dawn Hettrick, P.E.
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower, Room 1787
Albany, NY 12237

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