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Queen City Landing

Site Number C915304

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The Site is located in the City of Buffalo on Fuhrmann Boulevard, just north of the Port of Buffalo Small Boat Harbor and Tifft Nature Preserve. The entrance to the parcel is just north of the intersection of Fuhrmann Boulevard and Ohio Street.

Site Features:
The Site is improved with a large manufacturing building, a small office building, two connected parking lots, and a former water treatment facility. The Site fronts to Fuhrmann Boulevard. The majority of the remainder of the site is surrounded by Lake Erie (Buffalo Outer Harbor). As noted above, the tax parcel will be subdivided so that the western boundary of the BCP Site will be land; not the Buffalo Outer Harbor.

Current Zoning and Land Use:
The Site is currently zoned as CM General Commercial. Surrounding parcels are a mix of industrial, commercial, and park and recreation land uses.

Past Use of the Site:
The Phase I ESA indicated that the BCP Site was occupied by a portion of a shipping terminal and then a food manufacturing facility since 1927. Freezer Queen owned the property for food manufacturing from 1958 to 2004. Olsen Marine used the property for boat repair and storage until September 2015.

Contamination at the site appears to be from the use of various sources of urban fill to create land for the original shipping terminal facility and from the presence and use of petroleum products related to the use of machinery and rail service.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology:
The Queen City Landing Site contains urban fill across the site with observed thickness ranging up to twenty feet. Water was observed in site investigations to be approximately 7 to 12 feet below grade. The groundwater flows towards Lake Erie.

Brownfield Cleanup Program

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as "brownfields" so that they can be reused and redeveloped. These uses may 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

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
Jaspal S. Walia
Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203

Site-Related Health Questions
Sara Bogardus
New York State Department of Health
Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower, Room 1787
Albany, NY 12237

For More Information

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