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Remington Lofts

Brownfield Cleanup Program Site Number C932142

Site Description

Remington Lofts with canal and boats in front.
Remington Lofts opened in 2011; photo courtesy
of The Kissling Interests, LLC.

From 1925 to the 1970's, this North Tonawanda site was occupied by the Remington-Rand Corporation, an American manufacturer of office equipment. From the mid 1970's to the present, various commercial tenants utilized the property, including a chemical company, building contractors, warehousing, and furniture and cabinetry makers. Prior to remediation, several decaying buildings remained on-site, a reminder of its industrial past.

Known or suspected site contamination included petroleum, chlorinated solvents, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These contaminants impacted the soil and groundwater. No off-site exposure or groundwater contamination were identified during the remedial work performed on-site.

Cleanup

Remediation workers onsite

The site remediation was accomplished by:

  • Excavating impacted soil to a depth of 2 feet, properly disposing the impacted soil, and backfilling the excavation with clean fill or pavement;
  • Removing and properly disposing PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) containing transformers and floor drain sediments;
  • Installing a sub-slab vapor extraction system within a portion of the building to remove soil vapors that might enter the building; and
  • Developing a site management plan with institutional and engineering controls that will be implemented during reuse of the site. An institutional control is a legal or administrative restriction placed on the use of the site when residual contamination left after the cleanup action makes the site suitable for some but not all uses. An engineering control is a physical barrier or method to manage contamination, such as a soil vapor extraction system.

The cleanup was performed by Remington Lofts on the Canal, LLC, with oversight from DEC.

Reuse

Interior of a Remington Loft
The site's reuse includes 81 loft
apartments. Photo courtesy of The
Kissling Interests, LLC.

The current site owner acquired property several years ago with the intent of creating a "live-work-play" center, combining residential and commercial uses. The complex includes 81 loft apartments, a yoga center, salon, and a new restaurant/oyster bar called the Remington Tavern. The project utilized a shuttered building, built for industry over 100 years ago, to create a modern space that is attracting new residents and business owners to the town. By providing cleanup oversight, liability relief, and tax credits for cleanup and redevelopment, the Brownfield Cleanup Program was instrumental in the site's transformation.


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