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111 Hydraulic Street Site

Site Number C915235

NYSDEC Certifies Cleanup Requirements Achieved at Brownfield Site

111 Hydraulic Street C915235

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has determined that 598 Main Street, LLC ("applicant") has achieved cleanup requirements to address contamination related to the 111 Hydraulic Street Project site ("site") located at 111 Hydraulic Street in Buffalo under New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program.

NYSDEC has issued a Certificate of Completion to the applicant regarding the site. A copy of the Notice of the Certificate of Completion is also available at the locations identified below under "Where to Find Information".

Completion of Project

Remedial activities were conducted at the site between September and November 2010 to address abandoned buildings, underground storage tanks (USTs), and contaminated soils. The cleanup work consisted of:

  • Removing waste containers that stored oils, paints sludge, degreasers, cleaning agents, and other substances from the buildings
  • Removing asbestos from the buildings
  • Demolishing a residential structure and a former retail/manufacturing facility
  • Removing concrete and asphalt
  • Removing eleven abandoned tanks
  • Removing 14,630 tons of contaminated soils from the area of a historic petroleum spill and other areas of the site, and disposing the material at a permitted landfill
  • Backfilling the excavated areas with clean materials

Following the excavation, samples were taken to confirm that the remediation achieved soil cleanup objectives. Sample results showed that the entire site had been cleaned up to meet New York standards for residential use.

Next Steps

NYSDEC issued the Certificate of Completion based on review and approval of a Final Engineering Report submitted by the applicant. The Final Engineering Report includes a description of the cleanup activities completed and certification that cleanup requirements have been achieved for the site.

With its receipt of a Certificate of Completion, the applicant is eligible to redevelop the site. In addition, the applicant:

  • has no liability to the State for contamination at or coming from the site, subject to certain conditions
  • is eligible for tax credits to offset the costs of performing cleanup activities and for redevelopment of the site

A Certificate of Completion may be modified or revoked if, for example, the applicant does not comply with the terms of its Brownfield Cleanup Agreement with NYSDEC, or if the applicant commits fraud regarding its application or its certification that it has met cleanup levels.

Site Background

NYSDEC previously accepted an application from the applicant to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The application proposed that the site will be used for commercial purposes.

The 111 Hydraulic Street Site is approximately two acres in size. Since 1940, the industrial / commercial parcels were used by dry cleaning, linen and laundry services, commercial retail stores, offices, auto body repair shops, gas tank removal and refurbishing services, and sand blasting services. Site investigations conducted in 2006-07 and 2009-10 revealed the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and metals. Remediation at the site has successfully addressed the contamination.

Who Should I Contact If I Have Questions About the Site?

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

Project Related Questions
Jaspal S. Walia, P.E.
NYSDEC
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7220
region9@dec.ny.gov

Health Related questions
Matthew Forcucci
NYSDOH
584 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-4501
beei@health.state.ny.us

Development Questions
Deborah Chadsey, Esq.
Kavinoky Cook LLP
726 Exchange St., Ste.800
Buffalo, NY 14210
(716) 845-6000

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Where to Find Information
Project documents are available at the following locations to help the public stay informed. These documents include the Notice of the Certificate of Completion.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

NYSDEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(Please call 851-7220 for an appointment.)

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