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300 Ohio Street

Site Number C915257

Aerial view of 300 Ohio Street

Digital Files

Below are fact sheets and abbreviated versions of work plans (if available) for this site in PDF form for download. To view the complete document, please contact DEC or visit the document repositories listed under Where to Find Information.


Location: The 300 Ohio Street site is located in an urban/industrial area and consists of eleven (11) adjoining tax parcels at the corner of Ohio Street and Chicago Street in the City of Buffalo. The Buffalo River is to the west across Chicago Street, and the City of Buffalo Conway Park is to the east.

Site Features: The main site features include a truck terminal, restaurant/office building, five pump islands with product dispensers, and three abandoned buildings. A majority of the site is paved. Grass covered areas are present in the northwest quadrant of the site.

Current Zoning/Use: The site is currently inactive, and is zoned for commercial use. The surrounding parcels are currently used for a combination of commercial, industrial, residential, railroad right-of-way, vacant parcels, and parkland. The nearest residential development is less than 0.2 miles to the east and southwest, and less than 0.4 miles to the north.

Historic Use: Until the late 1990s portions of the site was used as an auto/truck gas and service station, dating back to 1925. The two buildings on the northern portion of the site along Chicago and Mackinaw Street (E&B Machinery and Central Manufacturing) operated a machine shop, trucking terminal and coffin and cooperage manufacturing operations.

Prior uses that appear to have led to site contamination are associated with the gas and service station operations, including the use of up to 15 underground storage tanks (USTs), one above ground storage tank (AST), and the use of solvents and oils during auto/truck repair activities. A 2010 Limited Phase II Site Assessment revealed evidence of significant subsurface petroleum contamination related to the former operation of a petroleum filling station and fuel distribution operation. Multiple DEC Spill files have been associated with the site. Municipal records indicate UST replacements due to leaking tanks. Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) records indicate that two 20,000 gallon No. 2 fuel oil USTs were closed in place on site. In November 2011 the site entered the Brownfield Cleanup Program and a remedial investigation commenced.

Geology & Hydrogeology: The site is overlain by 8 feet of fill (sand, gravel, asphalt, brick), underlain by silty sandy clay grading into a brown silty clay unit. Shallow groundwater is at 4-6 feet below ground surface (fbgs) and flows west towards the Buffalo River.

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

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 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 about the BCP, visit DEC's website.

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 visiting the Digital Files section above (if available). 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)

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Attn: Mary Jean Jakubowski
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

Whom to Contact

For more information about activities at the site, or if you have questions, comments, or concerns, we encourage you to contact the representatives listed below. If you know anyone who would like to be added to the e-mailing list to receive project updates, please have them contact one of the DEC representatives listed below.

Project Related Questions:
Anthony Lopes, P.E.
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203

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

Development Questions:
David Hall
4216 Group, LLC
295 Main Street, Suite 210
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 852-2829

For More Information

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Aerial view of the 300 Ohio Street brownfield site
Aerial view of the 300 Ohio Street brownfield site