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Olean Redevelopment Site

Site Numbers C905031, C905032, C905033

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Location: The three Olean Redevelopment sites are located in Olean, NY and total 58.235 acres in size. The sites are located south of I-86 in an industrially zoned area of the City of Olean. The sites are bordered by commercial and industrial properties, including 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.

The Olean Redevelopment Parcel 1 site (#C905031) is located at 1404-1406 and 1420 Buffalo Street, and is 25.099 acres in size. The Olean Redevelopment Parcel 2 site (#C905032) is located at 1470 Buffalo Street, and is 9.033 acres in size. The Olean Redevelopment Parcel 3 site (#C905033) is located at 1404-1406R, and 1420 Buffalo Street, and is 24.103 acres in size.

Site Features: Olean Redevelopment Parcel 1 is currently vacant with no standing buildings. Asphalt roads and subsurface utilities have been built on portions of the site in anticipation of site redevelopment. Olean Redevelopment Parcels 2 and 3 are being redeveloped to solar power generation stations.

Current Zoning and Land Use: The sites are zoned for industrial use. The site is surrounded by industrial and commercial properties.

Past Use of the Site: The sites 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. The site was purchased by Agway Inc. in 1966 and used for the manufacture of fertilizer until 1983 when operations ceased. The majority of the property has been vacant since that time.

Past industrial use has contaminated the sites with petroleum product, volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, metals, and PCBs. The exact nature of the contamination is detailed in each site's Final Engineering Report. Remedial activities implemented prior to entering the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) include operation of a pump and treat system to remediate an ammonia and nitrogen groundwater plume. Remediation in the BCP has been completed at all sites.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: The site surface consists of a cover installed as part of the site remedy. In general, subsurface soil consists of historic 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

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Site Location

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