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Pilgrim Village Redevelopment/Campus Square

Site Number C915294

DEC is accepting written comments about the proposed cleanup plan for 45 days, from July 7 through August 21, 2015.

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 an urban area, in the City of Buffalo and bordered by North Street, Michigan Avenue, Best Street, and Ellicott Street. Residential properties are located to the north, east and west while health care facilities are located to the south and west.

Site Features: The site is generally flat, is bisected by Halloway Boulevard and contains a mix of buildings consisting of multi-family apartments/town homes asphalt parking/driveway areas, sidewalks and landscaped lawn areas.

Current Zoning and Land Use: The site is currently used for multi-residential purposes and is zoned residential/commercial. The surrounding parcels are currently used for a combination of commercial, residential, light industrial, and utility right-of-ways.

Past Use of the Site: The W.A. Eckert Manufacturing Company was located inside the NW corner of the proposed brownfield site from approximately 1884 to at least 1925 and produced aluminum, brass, and copper specialties. An auto repair shop operated just off the northwestern edge of the proposed Brownfield Site from approximately 1931 to 1968. A gas tank is shown in historical records for that auto repair shop, but there are no records of a tank removal.

Soil samples results collected to date include Arsenic detected above DEC Part 375 Industrial Use SCOs, mercury exceeded Commercial SCOs, lead, selenium, zinc, three pesticides (4,4-DDE; 4,4-DDD and 4,4-DDT), and SVOC benzo(k)fluoranthene exceeded DEC Part 375 Restricted Residential and/or Unrestricted Use SCOs.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: Subsurface conditions encountered at the site consists of approximately 4 to 7 feet of sand and silt fill materials overlying native soils. The native soils typically consisted of clay, silt, and sand.

No groundwater investigation has been performed to date.

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 & Erie County Public Library
Attn: Carol Ann Batt
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

Who to Contact

Comments and questions are always welcome and should be directed as follows:

Project Related Questions
Anthony Lopes, P.E.
Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203

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

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