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399 Ohio Street Site

Site Number C915287

DEC is accepting written comments about the proposed cleanup plan for 45 days, from September 23, 2015 through November 7, 2015.

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Location: The 399 Ohio Street Site is located in an urban area of the City of Buffalo. The site is approximately 1/4 mile south of the intersection with Michigan Avenue.

Site Features: The site is currently improved with an approximately 10,000 square foot vehicle maintenance and office building, with the remainder of the site covered by asphalt and/or concrete. The site is bordered by the River Fest Park to the north, a rowing club to the south, Ohio Street to the east, and the Buffalo River to the west.

Current Zoning/Use: The site is zoned for commercial use and currently used for various storage, recycling of road base materials from the Ohio Street re-construction project, and a maintenance building. The surrounding parcels are currently used for a combination of commercial, light industrial, and utility right-of-ways. The nearest residential area is 0.3 miles to the east.

Past Use of the Site: The site has been utilized for various industrial and commercial operations since at least 1889. Operations included rail lines, material handling and shipping equipment maintenance, and the use and storage of paints, solvents, thinners, greases, hydraulic oils and lubricants common among former commercial operations. More recently property uses have included the operation of bus and trucking terminal and maintenance operations, including the placement of underground storage tanks, aboveground storage tanks, and fuel dispensing pump(s).

Geology and Hydrogeology: The Site consists of 4-6 feet of fill (soil, ash, brick, and sand) grading to native clay. Shallow groundwater was encountered at 4-6 feet below ground surface and flows westward towards the Buffalo River.

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: Mary Jean Jakubowski
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

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:
Anthony Lopes, P.E.
Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
{Call for an appointment}

Site Related Health Questions:
Anthony Perretta
Empire State Plaza - Corning Tower Room #1787
Albany, NY 12237

For More Information

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