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Brownfield Cleanup Program

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as "brownfields" so that they can be reused and redeveloped. These uses may 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. For more information visit DEC's BCP website.


DEC previously accepted an application from the applicant to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The applicant proposes that the site will be used for restricted-residential purposes; specifically, the applicant intends to construct a residential apartment complex comprised of approximately 54 living units in a three-story building.

The BCP 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. Lamar relocated to another location within the City of Buffalo in December 2000; the associated commercial buildings and facilities on 295 Maryland Street as well as former residential dwellings at 121-129 West Avenue have been demolished. Currently, the Site is vacant and undeveloped; surrounding property is a mixed use commercial/residential neighborhood.

Historical usage of this Site as a manufacturing facility from the 1920s through 2000 included the use of solvents; petroleum products, including gasoline and hydraulic oil; paints; and other hazardous materials. Subsequent testing revealed surface and subsurface soil impacts from organic and inorganic compounds to a depth of approximately 1 to 4 feet below grade across the Site. The compounds detected in the soil are isolated to that medium as they generally are not mobile in groundwater nor are they subject to significant volatilization.

Based on the findings of the investigation work, an IRM will be performed to address impacted soil/fill. The primary goal of the IRM will be removal of the fill layer across the BCP Site as necessary to achieve restricted-residential use SCOs. This will assure levels protective of Site reuse under the anticipated redevelopment scenario without reliance on engineering controls. If unanticipated conditions are encountered that preclude achieving restricted-residential use SCOs throughout the Site, the excavation will be of sufficient depth to allow for 2 feet of clean soil cover in areas not anticipated to be covered by buildings, parking, sidewalks, or hardscape.

Where to Find Information

Project documents are available for review at the following locations to help the public stay informed.

Buffalo and Erie County Public
Library Niagara Branch

280 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 882-1537

NYSDEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203
(716) 851-7220
(Call for appointment)

Who to Contact

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

Site Related Environment Questions
Mr. Anthony Lopes, P.E
NYSDEC, Region 9
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7220
(Call for an appointment)

Site-Related Health Questions
Mr. Matt Forcucci
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-4501

Project Development Questions
Mr. Anthony P. LoRusso
296 Maryland, LLC
366 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 884-3800

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