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Holden Street Redevelopment BCP Site

Draft Investigation Work Plan Available for Public Comment

The public is invited to comment on a draft work plan being reviewed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to investigate 129 Holden Street Redevelopment ("site") located at 129 Holden Street, Buffalo, Erie County. Documents related to the cleanup of this site can be found at the location(s) identified below under "Where to Find Information."

Draft Investigation Work Plan

The draft investigation work plan, called a "Remedial Investigation Work Plan," was submitted to NYSDEC under New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. The investigation will be performed with oversight by NYSDEC and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The investigation will assess conditions on-site.

How to Comment

NYSDEC is accepting written comments about the draft investigation work plan for 30 days, from May 1, 2012 through May 30, 2012. The proposed plan is available for review at the location(s) identified below under "Where to Find Information." Please submit comments to the project
manager listed under Project Related Questions in the "Who to Contact" area below.

Highlights of the Proposed Site Investigation

The site investigation has several goals:

1) define the nature and extent of contamination in soil, surface water, groundwater and any other
parts of the environment that may be affected;
2) identify the source(s) of the contamination;
3) assess the impact of the contamination on public health and the environment; and
4) provide information to support the development of a proposed remedy to address the

Next Steps

NYSDEC will consider public comments, revise the plan as necessary, and approve the work plan. NYSDOH must concur with the plan. The approved work plan will be made available to the public (see "Where to Find Information" below). After the work plan is approved, the activities detailed in
the work plan will be implemented. When the investigation is completed, a report will be prepared and submitted to the NYSDEC that summarizes the results. NYSDEC will review the report, make any necessary revisions and, if appropriate, approve the report.

After the investigation, a cleanup plan, called a "Remedial Work Plan" will be developed and a Decision Document will be proposed. The cleanup plan will include an evaluation of the proposed site remedy, or recommend a no action or no further action alternative. The goal of the cleanup plan is to ensure the protection of public health and the environment. NYSDEC will present the proposed cleanup plan to the public for its review and comment during a 45-day comment period. NYSDEC will keep the public informed throughout the investigation and cleanup of the site.


Site Location: This site is the Central Park Plaza and is located at 129 Holden Street in the City of Buffalo.

Site Features: The site is approximately 27 acres in size and consists of one parcel with five vacant buildings and a parking lot.

Current Zoning/Use(s): The site is located within the commercial zoning district.

Historical Use(s): From 1877 to 1948, the Buffalo Cement Co. operated this site for mining. In 1958 the site was developed by Central Park Shopping Center, Inc. In addition to shopping stores, other businesses such as auto repair, photographic processing, and dry cleaning also occupied the Central Park Plaza. The site has been vacant since July 2011.

Site Investigations: GZA GeoEnvironmental of New York performed Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) in August 2011 and Phase II ESA in October 2011. The Phase II ESA showed the presence of relatively low levels of contaminants in soil: xylenes, PCBs, PAHs, and metals (cadmium; chromium; lead). Only metals and PAHs exceeded the Part 375 Soil Cleanup Objectives for residential use.


Project documents are available at the following location(s) to help the public stay informed.

East Delavan Branch Library
1187 East Delavan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
phone: 716-896-4433

Who to Contact

Project Related Questions
Jaspal Walia
Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203-2915

Site-Related Health Questions
Matthew Forcucci
New York State Department of Health
584 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14202