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Northtown Inc.

Site Number C915292

DEC is accepting written comments about the proposed plan for 45 days, from December 11, 2015 through January 25, 2016.

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 in the Northtown Plaza in a suburban area in the Town of Amherst. Sheridan Drive borders the site to the North, other Northtown Plaza buildings then Bailey Avenue to the East, Niagara Falls Boulevard to the west and Eggert Road to the South.

Site Features: The Site consists of three (3) Areas of Interest (AOIs) comprising approximately 1.5 acres of an approximately 18.6 acre parcel of land on which the Northtown Plaza is located. Currently the Plaza Site is occupied by six commercial buildings, most containing multiple tenant spaces.

Current Zoning and Land Use: The site is located in a Commercial Zoning District and is currently used as a commercial-retail plaza. The area is primarily used as a shopping district, with major retailers located within 1/2 mile. Residential properties are located on the side streets surrounding the site.

Past Use of the Site: The plaza was developed between the mid-1950s and mid-1980s, when it reached a configuration similar to what exists today. The current parcel was originally 23 separate parcels. Prior to development of the shopping center, the 23 parcels were agricultural land with no physical improvements. Construction of the first buildings commenced in 1952.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: The topography in the vicinity of the site is generally flat. The site is located between the Niagara and Onondaga Escarpments which act as major surface and groundwater divides. Site soils generally consist of a thin layer of fill material, sand, gravel, silt and clay mixed with some anthropogenic material. This overlays native soils comprised of fine grained silts and clays with varying amounts of sand and gravel. Bedrock, located more than 58 feet below ground surface (bgs), is of upper Silurian age and composed of sequences of shale, dolostone, salt and gypsum. Groundwater is first encountered at depths of 53 to 57 feet bgs. However, once the water bearing zone is encountered, water levels rise to 6 to 8 feet bgs, indicating the overlying silts and clays have formed a confined aquifer. Water level measurements collected from three monitoring wells depict a slight southern groundwater flow direction.

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

For More Information

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