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Region 9 - Environmental Remediation Project Information

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Calendar of Scheduled Public Meetings and Comment Periods - for sites in DEC’s cleanup programs in Region 9.

The DEC's Division of Environmental Remediation in Region 9 is responsible for investigating and cleaning up sites throughout Western New York that were contaminated from past industrial activities. These sites that were once economic engines for the region now contribute to environmental degradation, potential health problems, urban decay, decreased tax revenue, and population loss.

The former Power City Warehouse in Niagara Falls. DEC completed a site characterization and referred it to EPA for lead and asbestos abatement. Former Republic Steel and former Buffalo Color along the Buffalo River. Republic has been cleaned up and Buffalo Color is being demolished and remediated under the Brownfield Cleanup Program.Former Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna. Part of the property has been remediated and redeveloped into a wind farm (see picture below).An excavator demolishes a building at the former Spaulding Composites complex in Tonawanda. The site has been completely remediated under the Superfund and Environmental Restoration Programs.

New York State's environmental cleanup programs are transforming these sites, paving the way for restored ecological habitat, waterfront development, clean energy, new jobs, recreational opportunities, and enhanced appreciation of the environment. DEC is committed to cleaning up, restoring, and protecting Western New York's environment so it may be enjoyed and utilized both today and tomorrow.

The riverbank adjacent to the DC Rollforms site in Jamestown was remediated and reconstructed to prevent contaminant migration into the Chadakoin River. The HealthNow building (blue) was constructed over a remediated former manufactured gas plant. Buffalo City Hall sits in the background. (Photo courtesy of HealthNow)The Steelwinds project, conducted under the Brownfield Cleanup Program, built 8 windmills on the remediated former Bethlehem Steel property along the shores of Lake Erie. (Photo courtesy of Mark Webster)The Buffalo Outer Harbor site was cleaned up into a public green space featuring a recreational trail and restored ecological habitat. (Photo courtesy of NFTA)
Site numbers are linked to the public environmental remediation database. PDF documents available on the project pages may be abbreviated, but full project documents are always available at the site's document repository.

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  • Looking west at the asphalt manufacturing equipment
    Allegany Bitumens site
    Allegany Bitumens Asphalt Plant (Site Number C902019) - The Allegany Bitumens site is approximately 5 acres, located in a primarily agricultural area. The site was previously used as an asphalt plant by Allegany Bitumens, Inc. and A.L. Blades and Sons, Inc. from approximately 1960 until 2005. Since 2005, the site has been unoccupied. A laboratory is located in the northwest corner of the Site. The laboratory was used for testing of aggregate and asphalt materials. Trichloroethene (TCE) was reportedly used as a solvent in the testing operations, and previous investigations indicated the presence of TCE and related volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in an area northeast of the laboratory building. These VOCs were detected in shallow soil and groundwater at levels above New York State standards.
  • Cuba Landfill (Site Number 902012) - The Cuba Landfill site is a former municipal solid waste landfill and a New York State Class 2 inactive hazardous waste site. A Class 2 site is one that poses a significant threat to human health and/or the environment and requires action. It operated as a municipal landfill from the 1950s until 1981. The landfill accepted household, commercial and industrial waste, including industrial waste from Acme Electric Corporation (AEC). AEC disposed of solvents, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) capacitors, plating sludge and paint sludge. Wastes were deposited in trenches 10-15 feet wide, 4-10 feet deep and hundreds of feet long. The remedy for the site involves consolidating wastes into a single cell and capping the landfill.




  • Click to view Gates Circle fact sheet
    Aerial view of Gates Circle site
    3 Gates Circle (Site Number C915272) - This brownfield site is located at 3 Gates Circle in the City of Buffalo. It consists of approximately 6.9 acres and encompasses the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle hospital complex. The site was initially developed for residential use and partially used for tricycle manufacturing pre-1900. By 1916 the site was beginning to be operated as a hospital facility, with continued expansion of the hospital complex through the early 1970's (i.e. Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital).
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    19 North Street site
  • 19 North Street (Site Number C915303) - The site is located in the City of Buffalo at the intersection of North Pearl Street and North Street, adjacent to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The site is vacant with a small parking area in the eastern portion of the site. The Site fronts to North Street. The Phase I ESA indicated that the BCP Site was occupied by residential dwellings. By 1951, the residence at 23 North Street had become a radio station. By 1981, the residence at 19 North Street had been removed and replaced with a radio tower. Urban fill has been historically used throughout Buffalo to bring properties to grade during excavation and construction.
  • 25 Rano Street (Site Number C915323) - The site is located in an industrial, commercial and residential area of the City of Buffalo. It is bound by Rano Street to the north, vacant land owned by the City of Buffalo that was formerly a railroad to the south, a commercial manufacturing facility to the east, and Tonawanda Street to the west. The nearest water body is the Niagara River located 0.37 miles west of the site. Scajaquada Creek is approximately 1.2 miles south of the site. The site is mostly vacant land with concrete sidewalks, asphalt parking areas, landscaping, and one vacant 312,760 square foot industrial structure that was historically used as a metal plating facility among other industrial uses. The redevelopment plans for the site include an indoor sports complex with the possible future development of commercial and residential use buildings. The site has been vacant since 2008. From 2010 to December 2011, asbestos abatement and repair of asbestos in the building was completed by the EPA along with the removal of solid and liquid hazardous and non-hazardous waste. The remaining industrial structure is vacant and dilapidated.
  • 31 Tonawanda Street (Site Number C915299) - The site consists of two separate parcels on Tonawanda Street in the Black Rock section of the City of Buffalo. The property contains an irregularly shaped, approximately 115,000 square foot building that occupies the majority of the property. In the late 1800s, the United States Electric Light and Power Company of Buffalo (later called the Buffalo General Electric Company) had a plant for arc lighting on the southern portion of the 31 Tonawanda Street property while the Thompsons Shingle Mill was located on the northern portion.
  • 68 Tonawanda Street (Site Number C915316) - This site is located on approximately 1.74 acres of land at 68 Tonawanda Street in the Black Rock section of the City of Buffalo. The site is bordered by rail lines and vacant undeveloped industrial and commercial properties to the west; the 31 Tonawanda Street Site (Site No. C915299) to the north; Tonawanda Street, mostly vacant commercial and industrial properties, and Scajaquada Creek to the east; and a vacant residential/restaurant structure, a vehicle repair shop and Niagara Street to the south. The property contains the former New York Central Freight House and Office. The property has been associated with rail operations since the mid-late 1800’s. In February 2013, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) was completed on the property. This was followed by the completion of a limited Phase II ESA in March 2014, and a second Phase II ESA in January 2016. These Phase II ESA’s documented the presence of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and metals at concentrations that exceeded the residential and restricted residential soil cleanup objectives (SCOs). Volatile organic compounds and pesticides were also detected but at concentrations below the SCOs. Groundwater at the site was not evaluated during the Phase II ESA’s.
    Click to view 89 LaSalle fact sheet
    Aerial view of 89 LaSalle site
  • 89 LaSalle Avenue (Site Number C915283) - The proposed BCP site is located at 89 LaSalle Avenue in the City of Buffalo, Erie County. The site consists of 4 parcels totaling approximately 10.61 acres and is currently vacant with the exception of City-owned tennis courts and parking areas. The site is currently zoned for residential and commercial use, and is also used recreationally. The southeastern half of the site, including the City-owned parcel, was used as a stone quarry from approximately 1915 through 1950. The quarry was subsequently used by the City of Buffalo as a landfill in the 1950s and 1960s for the disposal of demolition debris, ash, railroad ballast and reportedly some municipal waste. The northwestern half of the site was used as a lumber yard since the early 1900s. More recently, some of the structures on this portion of the site were used for automotive storage after the lumberyard closed. There were no other uses noted for this portion of the site.
  • 90 Hopkins Street (Site Number E915181) - The 90 Hopkins Street site is 8.25 acres located off Hopkins Avenue in the City of Buffalo, Erie County, approximately 1/4 mile south of the Tifft Street intersection. The site is situated in an urban industrial area.
  • 73-79 W. Huron St (Site Number C915282) - The 73-79 W. Huron Street is a 0.576 acre site located in Buffalo, in Erie County. The site consists of a building and a parking lot. The six story rectangular parking garage is at 73 W Huron. The parking lot portion of the site is used for commercial purposes. Following a site cleanup, the building will be redeveloped for mixed commercial/residential use. The six-story building was constructed in the early 1900s as a horse stable. It was later converted to an automobile parking ramp. Historical activities included the use of petroleum products in above ground drums and underground tanks.
  • 111 Hydraulic Street (Site Number C915235) - The 111 Hydraulic Street site in the City of Buffalo is approximately 3 acres. Since 1940, the site has been used by dry cleaning, linen and laundry services, commercial retail stores, offices, auto body repair shops, gas tank removal and refurbishing services, and door and radiator sand blasting services. Site investigations conducted in 2006-07 and 2009-10 revealed the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and metals.
  • Click to view 125 Main Street fact sheet
    Aerial view of 125 Main Street site
    125 Main Street (Site Number C915262) - The site is an approximately 2.185-acre parcel located in the historic canal district of the City of Buffalo, Erie County, New York. The site was historically utilized for various commercial and industrial purposes since at least the early 1800s, including commercial storefronts, restaurants, hotel, the Lehigh Valley Railroad Passenger Station, contractor’s yard, junk yard, former Quay Street, A. Krauss Hide and Wool Warehouse, Forbush and Brown Boot and Shoe manufacturing company, tin shop, paint shop, Patent medicine manufacturer, wire works, and the former Hamburg Canal. The site was utilized as the General William J Donovan State Office Building from approximately 1961 through 2008 and is currently vacant.
  • 129 Holden Street (Site Number C915261) - From 1877 to 1948, the Buffalo Cement Co. operated this site for mining. In 1958 the site was developed by Central Park Shopping Center, Inc. In addition to shopping stores, other businesses such as auto repair, photographic processing, and dry cleaning also occupied the Central Park Plaza. The site has been vacant since July 2011.
  • Click to view 132 Dingens Street site
    Aerial view of 132 Dingens Street site
    132 Dingens Street (Site Number C915263) - This 13-acre site is located at 132-136 Dingens Street in Buffalo. Most of the contamination occurred before 1966, at that time, the area was built up to its current grade with mixed fill that contributed to the semi-volatile organic compound (SVOC) and heavy metal contamination. A fuel service company with numerous petroleum aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and underground storage tanks (USTs) operated at the site until 1966 when it was purchased for a food distribution warehouse. The warehouse was constructed in 1974. The warehouse burned down in 2011. DEC accepted written comments about the draft investigation work plan for 30 days, from July 10, 2012 through August 10, 2012.
  • Click to view 154 S Ogden fact sheet
    Aerial view of 154 S Ogden site
    154 South Ogden Street (Site Number C915268) - This brownfield site is located in an urban area. It is a 21 acre site of a 26.6 acre parcel. The site is a vacant lot with multiple debris piles, and bound by the Buffalo River to the north, South Ogden Street to the east, railroad tracks to the west and Mineral Spring Road to the south. Historic records indicate the site was not previously developed; however a portion of the property was previously traversed by the Buffalo River and was filled with concurrent straightening of the river channel. Portions of this site were historically used as a dump.
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    Aerial view of 166 Chandler Holdings site
  • 166 Chandler Holdings, LLC (Site Number C915320) - The site is located in the City of Buffalo and consists of one parcel totaling approximately 0.48 acres of land. The site is bound to the south by Chandler Street, to the west by a vacant building and lot, to the north by a railroad line and to the east by a vacant lot used for storage. The property is located within an urban area, utilized for industrial, commercial, and residential purposes. The 166 Chandler parcel has one 43,000 square foot four-story building located on the eastern portion of the site. Historic industrial fill and rubble resulting from the demolition of old buildings, as well as piles of soil/debris are located within the western parking area. The structure was originally constructed in 1907 as a dairy machine manufacturer with additions to the building in 1909, 1919, 1927, and 1931. Former usages also included grocery, Linde Air Products, Sponge Air Seat Co., and Barcalo Mfg (furniture manufacturer). Several fires occurred during the 1980s and 1990s that resulted in demolition of the western portion of the building. The building has been vacant for over 20 years. A Phase II Investigation conducted in 2016 reported that soil/fill at the site is contaminated with metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The nature and extent of contamination will be determined as part of the ongoing Remedial Investigation (RI).
  • 193 Ship Canal Parkway (Site Number C915240) - This brownfield site is located in the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park, the recently redeveloped former location of the Hanna Furnace iron foundry, on the southern boundary of the City of Buffalo, near NY State Route 5 and the Union Ship Canal. The site includes numerous piles of construction and demolition debris. There is also a dry pond, several feet deep, excavated in 2004 to accept groundwater pumped from the excavations dug to install the sewers and other utilities for the commerce park. The site is currently inactive and located in a district currently zoned for heavy industrial use. Two nearby parcels in the commerce park were redeveloped under the Brownfield Cleanup Program and are occupied by manufacturing facilities (Certainteed, Site #C915185 and Cobey, Site #C915202). A third parcel, the Hanna Furnace Subparcel 3 site (#B00164) was remediated under the Environmental Restoration Program and is a municipal park. Until 1980, the site was once part of the rail yard that serviced the Hanna Furnace iron foundry and was the area in which the pig iron was often stored. The foundry and rail yard were constructed on what was previously marsh land that had been backfilled with steel and iron slag, presumably for other foundries in the Buffalo/Lackawanna area.
  • 250 Delaware Ave (FKA 233 South Elmwood Avenue and 234 Delaware Avenue) (Site Number C91271) - This approximately 1.96 acre site is located in the entertainment district of Buffalo. A two story “L”- shaped building, referred to as the Delaware Court Building, built in 1925 for mixed commercial use occupied approximately one third of the site parcel. The Delaware Court Building was previously utilized as a mixed-use commercial building. A single-story building that was formerly utilized as a retail gasoline station with a convenience was also on the site.

    Aerial view of 285-295 Niagara St site
  • 285-295 Niagara Street (Site Number C915259) - The site is located within the City of Buffalo, and is comprised of two adjoining parcels that total approximately 0.68 acres. The northern portion of the Site has a history of manufacturing and commercial operation, and was utilized as a carriage manufacturing operation and blacksmith shop, as well as a painting and varnishing operation since 1889. Around 1900, a bicycle manufacturing operation occupied the southern portion of the parcel including a machine shop and metal plating operations. The southern portion of the site was utilized as an automobile filling station and car wash, beginning around 1961. The building and gas station were demolished in the winter of 2014. Construction of a multi-story tower building for hotel, business office, retail use and a multi-story parking garage for the new building tenants.
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    Aerial view of Franklin Street site
    275 Franklin Street (Site Number C915208) See also 432 Pearl Street (Site Number C915237) - This brownfield site encompasses two contiguous parcels located at 275-277 Franklin Street (~0.13 acres), and 279 Franklin Street (~0.12 acres) in the City of Buffalo. The site is situated in an urban commercial district, currently used as a commercial surface parking lot approximately 0.25 acres in size. 279 Franklin Street: This lot was used for residential purposes from the late 1800s through the 1950s, and as a parking lot from the early 1980s to present. Previous use of the lot does not reveal any recognized environmental concerns. 275-277 Franklin Street: In the late 1800s, the lot contained a residence with a carriage shed facing Asbury Alley. By the 1950s, the residence was replaced with a commercial use building, and record information indicates the structure was used by a dry cleaning business from approximately 1951 through the early 2000s. The building on the parcel was demolished in 2004 by the applicant. The building area of the parcel was subsequently paved over and is currently being used as a commercial surface parking lot. Future development plans for the site and adjoining BCP site (C915237) consists of a hotel with conference and parking facilities.
  • 295 Maryland Street (Site Number C915242) - The site consists of 1,495 acres of contiguous property at 295 Maryland and 129 West Avenue. The Site was historically used in a residential and commercial capacity with the property at 295 Maryland Street most recently occupied by Lamar Advertising, Inc., a firm specializing in the sale of billboard advertising space and erection of billboard signs.
  • Arial view of 300 Ohio Street site
    Aerial view of 300 Ohio St site
    300 Ohio Street (Site Number C915257) - The site is approximately 5 acres, located in a historically industrial area of the City of Buffalo. The majority of the site was utilized as a gasoline/diesel filling station and a petroleum distribution operation since at least 1925. Until the late 1990s portions of the site was used as an auto/truck gas and service station, dating back to 1925. The two buildings on the northern portion of the site along Chicago and Mackinaw Street (E&B Machinery and Central Manufacturing) operated a machine shop, trucking terminal and coffin and cooperage manufacturing operations. The site has been closed since the late 1990's. The main site features include a truck terminal, restaurant/office building, five pump islands with product dispensers, and three abandoned buildings. A majority of the site is paved. Grass covered areas are present in the northwest quadrant of the site.
  • Click to view 318 Urban Street site
    Aerial view of 318 Urban Street site
    318 Urban Street (Site Number 915151) - This site is 2.5 acres located at 318 Urban Street in Buffalo. DEC has determined the cleanup requirements to address contamination under New York’s State Superfund Program (SSF) have been or will be met.
  • 348 Langner Road (Site Number C915256) - The site is an approximate 2.6 acre parcel located at the corner of Langner and Ridge Road, and is currently used as a car wash and gas station. The site has been a gas station since the 1950's. Operations as a gas station have impacted on-site soil/fill and groundwater with VOCs and SVOCs pounds which will require remediation.
  • 399 Ohio Street Site (Site Number C915287) - 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. 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. 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. 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).
  • Click to view Franklin Street fact sheet
    Aerial view of Pearl Street site
    432 Pearl Street (Site Number C915237) See also 275 Franklin Street (Site Number C915208) - The BCP site consists of two non-contiguous parcels in the City of Buffalo, located at 432 Pearl Street (0.45 acres) and at 267 Franklin Street (0.25 acres). The two parcels are adjacent to each other, but are separated by Asbury Alley. The site is situated in an urban commercial district. The site is adjacent to BCP site C915208. The 432 Pearl Street parcel is a paved commercial parking lot. The 267 Franklin Street parcel contains an occupied apartment building with a paved parking lot for the tenants. 432 Pearl Street: In the late 1800s, the northern half of the parcel consisted of four separate lots with residential buildings facing Pearl Street and carriage sheds facing Asbury Alley. By the 1940s, one of the residences was demolished and converted to a surface parking lot. The balance of these residences were demolished in subsequent years and also converted to surface parking lots. No known date concerning the demolition of the residences and conversion to parking lots is available or provided. Continuing southward along this parcel, in the late 1800s, two lots also contained residences and two lots contained apartment/rooming houses. By the mid 1920, the two residences were replaced by a retail commercial building (record use indicates that a heating equipment company occupied the building). By the 1940s, the commercial building and apartment/rooming houses were demolished and converted to surface parking. 267 Franklin Street: In the late 1800s through 1926, land use consisted of two separate apartment buildings on this parcel. The northern half of the 267 Pearl Street parcel contained a residential apartment building facing Franklin Street. The apartment building appears to have been demolished between 1925 and 1946. Future development plans for the site, in conjunction with BCP site C915208, consists of a hotel with conference and parking facilities.
  • 441 Ohio Street (Site Number C915285) - The Site is located in an urban area with an official street address at 9 South Street near the intersection of Ohio Street in the City of Buffalo. The site is a 1.78-acre portion of a larger 2.25 acre parcel. The land surface is only several feet above the water level of the adjoining Buffalo River and is situated within the 100 year floodplain of the river. The non-BCP portion of the 2.25 acre parcel is considered lands under water along the Buffalo River. This area may have been previously dredged to allow docking of commercial freight ships and barges. Current improvements consist of a recently constructed five story apartment building (2017). Previous improvements on the site consisted of a 500 x 100 foot 2-story wood framed building that occupied most of the site. The building was in an extremely dilapidated condition and had been condemned by the City of Buffalo Building Department. The building structure and most of the foundation was demolished in Spring 2015. A stone foundation wall abutting the Buffalo River was retained to be used as a retaining wall and historic riverfront architectural remnant desired by the local preservation community. The balance of the site is mostly paved or covered with gravel with some minor vegetated strip areas.
  • 500 Seneca Street (Site Number C915273) - The 1.87 acre site is located in an urban, mixed-use, commercial and residential area. The site is comprised of a 328,000 square foot multi-story building with a small open lot on the western site of the parcel. The building was constructed beginning in 1901 with various additions and expansions. The building is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The site originally housed the F.N. Burt Company, which utilized the property for box manufacturing from original building construction in the early 1900's until 1959. Between approximately 1968 and 1980, Wolkind Bros, Inc., a clothing rental company, utilized the property. Between 1986 and 2004, the site was used for manufacturing, warehousing and shipping operations. The site has been largely vacant and underutilized since manufacturing operations ceased in 2004.
  • 837 Bailey Ave (Site Number C915298) - The property is located in an urban environment and consists of two parcels, 837 Bailey Ave. and 79 Dingens St. The Buffalo River is located approximately 0.75 miles south of the property and the I-190 (Niagara Thruway) is located approximately 0.5 miles east of the property. The 837 Bailey Ave. parcel consists of one approximately 4,400 square foot building and a vacant lot consisting of random mounds of soil, wood, plastic, auto parts, and construction debris. The 79 Dingens St parcel consists of a railroad and undeveloped land that is predominantly grass/lightly wooded.
  • 905 Elmwood Avenue (Site Number C915288) - The site is located at 905 Elmwood Avenue in the City of Buffalo. 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. The site is zoned commercial and is occupied by a gas station. 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.
  • 945 Kenmore Ave (Site Number C915286) - The site is located at 945 Kenmore Avenue at the intersections of South Irving Terrace, Kenmore Avenue, and Fairmount Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County. The site consists of one 0.552 acre parcel which is developed with a one single-story structure that was constructed in 1949. Over three-quarters of the site is currently covered with asphaltic pavement and the remnants of a concrete slab. The site is currently vacant. The site was utilized as a gasoline station from at least 1950 to 1986 and as an automotive repair facility from at least 1958 to 2010; such operations included automotive body repair work from at least 1994 to 2010.
  • Click to view 1050-1088 fact sheet
    Aerial view of 1050-1088 Niagara Street site
    1050-1088 Niagara Street (Site Number C915277) - This site is located in the City of Buffalo. The site is comprised of three adjoining parcels and is approximately 2.7 acres in size. The parcels are 1050 Niagara Street, 1054 Niagara Street and 1088 Niagara Street. The site is currently zoned for Light Industrial, but is used for commercial use. The 1050 Niagara Street parcel was used for commercial/industrial operations since 1889. Historic Sanborn records indicate that two 25,000 gallon tanks, likely containing fuel oil and/or printing related solvents were located in the basement of the building. Lithographic printing operation historically utilized VOC-based solvent routinely for printing cleaning, degreasing and ink-solvents. The 1088 Niagara Street parcel (northern portion of the site) formerly included the International Brewing Company and American Gelatine Corp. operated on-site in the early 1900s. Records from 1925 indicate Hygrade Oil Co. utilized the site as a service station and fuel distribution facility, including multiple petroleum storage and distribution tanks, gasoline pump house(s), and tank wagon loading house, which was historically located abutting the current 1050 Niagara Street building, from at least the 1920s through the 1960s. Gulf Oil Corporation and Hygrade Petroleum Co. were identified as on-site operators from approximately the 1920s through 1960.
  • 1111 Elmwood Avenue (Site Number C915319) - The site is located on the corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues in a highly developed mixed use commercial and residential area of the City of Buffalo. The site currently has 12 multi-story multi-use structures surrounded by asphalt and concrete driveways and small green space areas. Based on a review of historical maps, the site has had a similar configuration for the past 100 years. The area was initially developed for multi-family residential. Over the ensuing years, the lower level of some of the individual residential units transitioned to commercial use. Fill material present is impacted with certain elevated semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and metals.
  • 1318 Niagara Street (Site Number E915213) - The 1318 Niagara Street site had been used as a brewery for at least eighty years. The City of Buffalo acquired the site through foreclosure and in 2006 began to demolish structures. During demolition, USTs were discovered. The soils adjacent to the USTs, along with soils in the vicinity of the former brewery furnace, were contaminated with PCBs and various volatile organic compounds. A previous site owner’s improper storage and/or handling of oil wastes contaminated the property.
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    Aerial view of 1360 Niagara Street site
  • 1360 Niagara Street (Site Number C915302) - This 1.83-acre site is located in the City of Buffalo. The site is relatively flat and includes one un-occupied four-story commercial building, a small attached storage structure to the north, and paved parking lots. The site is currently inactive and is zoned commercial use. The surrounding parcels are currently used for a combination of light industrial, commercial, residential and utility right-of-ways. Until 2016 the site was used for residential purposes, a lubricating factory, planning mill, pharmaceutical production (Mentholatum Company) and most recently leather operation (Garrett Leather).
  • 1550 Harlem Road Site (Site Number C915321) - The approximately 0.43-acre site located in a mixed residential/commercial business area in the Town of Cheektowaga. The site currently is vacant with no structures. The site was used as a gasoline station from at least 1950 to 1970s and then a nursery/garden center from the mid-1980s to early 2014.
  • 1585 Hertel Avenue Site (Site Number C915328) - The site is a 0.18-acre parcel in a mixed residential/commercial business area in the City of Buffalo. The site currently is vacant. Historically, the site has been used as a gasoline service station and auto repair facility since the 1930s. The site has an extensive history of underground storage tanks and automotive lift stations, which are associated with previous operations at the site.
  • 2424 Hamburg Turnpike (Site Number C915296) - This 1.04-acre site is located in the City of Lackawanna. The site is relatively flat, mostly covered with asphalt, and includes a former auto repair building with in-ground hydraulic lifts and a small storage shed. The Site is currently inactive and zoned commercial/industrial. From 1957-1994 the Site was utilized as an automobile filling and service station. Three 10,000-gallon underground storage tanks (USTs) associated with the filling station were closed/removed in 1994.
Acid tar pits at the Bethlehem Steel Site
Bethlehem Steel site
  • Former Bethlehem Steel (Site Number 915009) - Bethlehem Steel, in the City of Lackawanna, was once a major engine of economic productivity in Western New York. Over the years the complex grew to over 1600 acres. Environmental contamination varies across the property with 400 acres listed on the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal (SSF) Sites. This area is being addressed under the State's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action Program. An additional 500 acres are being remediated under the BCP by the current site owner, Tecumseh Redevelopment (see Tecumseh entries below).
  • Former Buffalo Service Station (Site Number C915194A) - This site is approximately 0.5 acres and is located in the City of Buffalo. The site includes a portion of Fourth Street and an area underneath the NYS Thruway (I-190) overpass. The I-190 overpass area is fenced on the east and west sides. The area underneath the overpass is covered with gravel. An 11.5 - foot diameter sewer runs parallel and beneath the northbound lane of Thruway overpass. A high voltage electrical line is buried in the site area. The site area is being used as roads and right of way for roads and utilities. The site was historically the location of the confluence between the former Wilkeson Slip and the former Erie Canal. The Wilkeson Slip was contaminated with coal tar waste from the former Buffalo Service Station (BSS), a manufactured gas plant (MGP). The Wilkeson Slip was filled in between 1895 and 1915 and the Erie Canal was filled in the 1930’s. The BSS was operated by various companies from 1848 to 1948. National Fuel Gas owned the BSS property until 2005. During remedial action at the BSS site in 2006, a large portion of the Wilkeson Slip was cleaned up by Duke Realty. In 2012, a sheet pile was placed along the eastern side of Fourth Street in the Slip and the remaining portion of the Wilkeson Slip within Duke Realty property was cleaned up.
  • Click to view Doro Dry Cleaners fact sheet
    Doro Dry Cleaners site
    Former Doro Dry Cleaners (Site Number 915238) - DEC will soon begin a detailed environmental study at the Former Doro Dry Cleaners located at 3460-3466 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga. The site is located in a commercial and suburban setting, near Union Road and NYS Route 33. The site is listed as a Class "2" site in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites (list of State Superfund sites). A Class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the environment; action is required. The site is zoned for commercial use and currently inactive, had been used primarily for dry cleaning for approximately 40 years. Prior uses that have led to site contamination include the storage and use of chlorinated solvent for the dry cleaning facility.
  • Former Dowell Facility (Site Number V00410) - This Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) site is located at 3311-3313 Walden Avenue in the Village of Depew. The facility resides within a mixed residential and industrial/commercial area and consists of two parcels. The relatively flat, currently vacant property is triangular shaped, covering approximately 1.78 acres. The entire site is zoned industrial/commercial. Former activities at the site included servicing industrial facilities and limited oilfield-related project. Dowell discontinued facility operations in the late 1980s and the facility was permanently closed. The Volunteers entered the site into DEC’s VCP on February 26, 2001, under Voluntary Cleanup Agreement (No. B9-0586-00-10).
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    Former Mobil site
    Former Mobil Station (Site Number C915260) - DEC is reviewing cleanup documents for the Former Mobil Service Station 99-MST located at 979-1001 Main Street, Buffalo, Erie County. The site borders with Goodrich Street on north, High Street on south and a parking lot for the Buffalo General Hospital on the east. The land use in the project area is characterized as urban mixed use, primarily commercial and community services. The community services include public and private medical and hospital facilities. DEC accepted written comments about the proposed Remedial Investigation and IRM work plan for 30 days, from August 29 through September 29, 2012. This brownfield site is 1.7 acres with four vacant parcels. The site has sat vacant for less than 10 years. From the 1940s to 1982 the site was operated as a gas station.
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    Aerial view of Gastown site
    Gastown (Site Number 915171) -The Gastown site is the location of a former MGP. Prior to the introduction of natural gas and electric lights, these plants processed coal and petroleum to make a combustible gas used for cooking, lighting and heating. The gas production left an oily mixture called coal tar that impacted soils at and surrounding the site. The site is part of the VCP.
  • GE Buffalo Service Shop (Site Number 915244) - The Notice of Proposed Final Corrective Measures for GE Buffalo Service Shop facility, USEPA ID NYD067539940, was issued on November 16, 2011. The Fact Sheet for the GE facility includes a brief summary of the site investigations, interim corrective measures performed and the proposed Final Corrective Measures. The Statement of Basis (PDF) (18 pages) contains a summary of investigations, describes other remedial alternatives considered and describes the proposed final corrective measures for the facility. The facility is located in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County, New York. The Notice and the Fact Sheet for GE Buffalo Service Shop (PDF) (5 pages) is available on the web.
  • A Greif operator operating a piece of machinary
    Greif site
    Greif (Site Number V00334) - From 1948 to 1985, the Greif site was owned and operated by Continental Fiber Drum and Continental Can Corporation. Historical manufacturing operations at this time consisted of the production of fiber drums but also included production of metal lids and rims used in the fiber drums. The production of the metal lids and rims involved varnishing and degreasing operations. These operations were the source of the VOCs that contaminated soil, soil vapor, and ground water in portions of the site. Greif acquired the Site in 1998. It continues to be used for the manufacture of fiber drums and associated products. The facility located at 2122 Colvin Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda.
  • Artist rendition of the HARBORcenter
    HARBORcenter site
    HARBORcenter (Site Number C915270) - The public is invited to comment on a draft work plan being reviewed by DEC to investigate the Webster Block (brownfield site) located at 75 Main Street, Buffalo, Erie County.
  • Hanna Furnace Parcel 3 - See Union Ship Canal
  • Highland Plaza (Site Number C915293) - This site consists of approximately 0.7 acres at 215 Highland Parkway in the Town of Tonawanda. The site is approximately 250 feet long by 100 feet wide. Approximately 50% of the property is occupied by a strip plaza, with the northern half of the property covered by an asphalt parking lot. The building is presently subdivided into nine commercial businesses. The site is occupied by a strip plaza and is zoned for commercial use. The proposed future use of the site is commercial. In 1928 the site was not developed, although the property was subdivided into 17 parcels for future residential development. By 1950 the site was fully developed into a strip plaza. One of the former tenants in the plaza was High Park Dry Cleaners, which closed in March 2010. In 2014, a Phase II Environmental Site Investigation (ESI) was completed to evaluate the property. During the ESI, 12 soil borings were completed throughout the property. In addition, a soil vapor intrusion study was completed in the former dry cleaner tenant space. Soil samples collected from under the concrete floor of the former dry cleaner contained Cis-1,2-dichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, and trichloroethene. Surface soil samples contained tetrachloroethene. Soil vapor contained elevated concentrations of dichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, and trichloroethene.
  • Iroquois Gas/Westwood Pharmaceuticals Terrestrial (Site Number 915141A) - The superfund site is approximately 8.8 acres at 100 Forest Avenue in the City of Buffalo. The site is zoned for industrial use and is currently leased to a trucking firm for warehousing operations. Surrounding properties include a mix of commercial, light and heavy industrial, and residential parcels. The site operated as a manufactured gas plant from approximately 1897 through 1955 with continued gas storage on site until 1972. Iroquois Gas buried waste materials such as heavy tars, sludges, coal, coke, and demolition debris. In 1972, Westwood Pharmaceutical found soil and groundwater contamination during construction in 1985 consisting of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX). DEC listed the site in the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites in 1989.
  • Jefferson Avenue Apartments (Site Number C915317) - The site includes two parcels and is located in a highly developed residential and commercial area of the City of Buffalo. The site is currently unoccupied and includes vacant land and two vacant buildings on the northern parcel. Beginning in at least 1893 until the 2000s, past uses on the site include residential as well as a variety of commercial operations with two historic automotive repair operations, a dealership service department, a trucking operation, paints and varnish/oils operations, sheet metal works, and a machine shop operation. Fill materials located across the site are impacted with PAHs and/or metals.
Lackawanna Incinerator Site: inside building, 1950 incinerator
Lackawanna Incinerator



  • Wyoming County Fire Training Center (Site Number V00604) - The main site features include a Fire Training Facility building and a storm water retention pond. The site is currently used for fire training purposes, after construction of a new state of the art enclosed facility.