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Olean Redevelopment Site

Site Numbers C905031, C905032, C905033

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Location: The Olean Redevelopment Sites, located at 1404-1470 Buffalo Street, is in an industrial zoned area of the City of Olean. The 60 acre site is located just south of I-86. The site is bordered by commercial and industrial properties, Southern Tier Rail Authority Freight Lines to the north, the Dresser Rand Company to the east and south, and Buffalo Street to the west. The nearest residential area is located approximately 400 feet south of the site.

Site Features: The site is currently vacant with no standing buildings. Concrete foundations and associated concrete pads are visible at and slightly above ground level. An extensive network of abandoned below ground piping exists from historic industrial activities.

Current Zoning/Uses: The site is currently inactive and is zoned for industrial use. The site is surrounded by industrial and commercial properties.

Historic Uses: The site and abutting properties were historically home to various oil refineries beginning in the late 19th century. Oil refining, storage and distribution operations were conducted on various portions of the site and surrounding properties until 1954. Fertilizer manufacturing occurred on a portion of the site until 1983 when operations ceased. The majority of the property has been vacant since that time.

Past industrial use has contaminated the site with petroleum product, volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, metals and PCBs. Remedial activities implemented prior to entering the BCP include operation of a pump and treat system to remediate an ammonia and nitrogen groundwater plume.

Geology & Hydrogeology: In general, the site geology consists of a limited layer of topsoil underlain by a layer of fill (ash, slag, coal, bricks, etc.) underlain by an 80 foot thick outwash aquifer which is divided into upper and lower water bearing units. Lenses of silt and clay are scattered throughout the sand and gravel outwash deposits. Depth to bedrock is estimated at 220 to 260 feet below ground surface. Groundwater flow is generally to the southwest. The water table is approximately 20 feet below ground surface.

Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on DEC's website.

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.

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 by clicking the document links under Digital Files. 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.

NYS DEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(Call for appointment)

Olean Public Library
Attn: Lance Chaffee
134 North Second Street
Olean, NY 14760

Who to Contact

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

Project Related Questions:
Benjamin Mcpherson
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203

Site-Related Health Questions:
Matthew Forcucci
584 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202

Development Related Questions:
Paul Neureuter
4 Centre Drive
Orchard Park, NY 14127

For More Information

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Site Location

Location of Olean Redevelopment brownfield site
Location of Olean Redevelopment brownfield site