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Durkee Street Parking Lot


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the City of Plattsburgh are pleased to inform you that an Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) agreement has been reached for an investigation of the Durkee Street Parking Lot site. The site is located on the Durkee Street in the City of Plattsburgh, Clinton County. A site investigation will begin in the upcoming months to determine if soil and/or groundwater contamination at this site requires additional remedial measures.


The parking lot that is the subject of this ERP consists of approximately 4.4 acres of property generally east of Durkee Street, north of Broad Street and south of Bridge Street, in the City of Plattsburgh, New York. The site's previous uses have included sign painting, rug cleaning and dry cleaning businesses, auto repair activities, Plattsburgh Steam Laundry, the former Carroll's Excelsior Mills, bowling/billiards hall, various storage buildings, apartments, dwellings, bakery and restaurant.

A "gasoline tank" was also depicted on historical maps of the facility. It is possible that these activities resulted in the releases of contaminants to the environment.

Previous Investigations

An environmental investigation conducted within the southern portion of the site in the spring of 2004 by others, concluded that contaminated soils beneath the site may pose a threat to groundwater and may require remediation. Contaminants detected at concentration exceeding regulatory standards and guidance values for soils included volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and metals.

Upcoming Activities

The goal of the investigation which will begin in Spring 2005 is to further characterize the distribution of contamination in soil and groundwater, in order to determine the necessity and scope of potential remedial actions. The scope of work will include:

  • a site reconnaissance to identify areas and conditions of concern not previously identified;
  • a site wide subsurface/hydrogeologic evaluation which will include borings and monitoring wells;
  • surface soil, fill, and groundwater sampling and laboratory analysis; and
  • a soil gas survey.

The investigation results will then be evaluated to determine what, if any, additional work is necessary at the site.

Document Repositories

Public understanding and involvement are important to the success of New York's Environmental Restoration Program. As the project progresses, the NYSDEC will distribute fact sheets, like this one, to keep you informed. In addition, the Department has also placed site documents in a repository for you to read.

The NYSDEC has established the following document repositories:

NYSDEC Regional Office
Route 86, P. O. Box 296
Ray Brook, NY 12977
call (518) 897-1242 for an appointment

City of Plattsburgh
Office of Community Development
41 City Hall Place
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
call (518) 563-7642 for an appointment

City of Plattsburgh Public Library
19 Oak Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
call (518) 563-0921 for an appointment

Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:

Mr. Russell D. Huyck, P.E.
Project Manager
Route 86, P. O. Box 296
Ray Brook, NY 12977
(518) 897-1242

For site related health questions, please contact the following New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) representative at:

Mr. Trevor Wescott
Flanigan Square
547 River Street
Troy, NY 12180-2216
(518) 402-7870

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