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154 South Ogden Street

Site Number C915268

November 2014 Fact Sheet

154 S Ogden Update: Cleanup Action Completed at Brownfield Site

Contracting crew unloading soil from an excavation area into a dump truck for later testing at the 154 South Ogden St brownfield site in West Seneca, Erie County.
Unloading soil from an excavation area into a dump truck
for later testing at the 154 South Ogden St brownfield site

Action has been completed to address the contamination related to the 154 South Ogden Street Site ("site") located at 154 South Ogden, Buffalo, Erie County under New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Please see the map for the site location.

Digital Files

The cleanup activities were performed by 154 South Ogden LLC ("applicant(s)") with oversight provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The applicant(s) have submitted a draft Final Engineering Report for DEC review which states that cleanup requirements have been or will be achieved to fully protect public health and the environment for the proposed site use.

Highlights of the Site Cleanup:

  • Limited excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 1,811 tons (1,132 cubic yards) of contaminated soil/fill 2 - 17 feet below ground surface (fbgs) impacted by metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and petroleum in nine (9) discrete areas of concern (AOCs);
  • Placement of a cover system to allow for restricted-residential use of the site consisting either of the structures such as buildings, pavement, sidewalks comprising the site development or a soil cover. Where the soil cover is required it will be a minimum of two feet of soil meeting the requirements for restricted residential use. The soil cover will be placed over a demarcation layer, with the upper layer of soil of sufficient quality to maintain a vegetation layer;
  • Implementation of a Site Management Plan that will include Institutional and Engineering Controls including:
  • Restrictions on groundwater use and Site use to restricted-residential;
  • Excavation Work Plan to assure that future intrusive activities and soil/fill handling at the Site are completed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner; and
  • Environmental Easement filed with Erie County which includes any land use, and groundwater use restrictions.
Contracting crew tests the recently excavated soil with a Photoionic Dectector (PID), metering the soil for any possible Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). The results for this section came up clean at the 154 South Ogden St brownfield site in West Seneca, Erie County
Testing excavated soil with a Photoionic Detector (PID), metering
the soil for any possible Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).
The results for this section came up clean.

Next Steps

When DEC approves the Final Engineering Report, it will be made available to the public (see "Where to Find Information" below). DEC then will issue a Certificate of Completion which will be announced in a fact sheet that is sent to the site contact list.

The applicant(s) would be able to redevelop the site after receiving a Certificate of Completion. In addition, the applicant(s):

  • Would have no liability to the State for contamination at or coming from the site, subject to certain conditions; and
  • Would be 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, an applicant does not comply with the terms of its Brownfield Cleanup Agreement with DEC.


Location: The 154 South Ogden Street site is located in an urban area. The site is near the northwest intersection of Mineral Springs Road and is an approximately 21 acre portion of a 26.6 acre parcel.

Site Features: The site is a vacant lot with multiple debris piles, and bound by the Buffalo River to the north, South Ogden Street to the east, railroad tracks to the west and Mineral Spring Road to the south.

Current Zoning/Use: The site is currently inactive, and is zoned for residential and commercial use. The surrounding parcels are currently used for a combination of residential, commercial, and rail right-of-ways. The nearest residential area is directly across South Ogden Street, Mineral Springs Road, and the Buffalo River.

Historical Uses: Historic records indicate that the site was not previously developed; however a portion of the property was previously traversed by the Buffalo River and was filled with concurrent straightening of the river channel. Portions of this site were historically used as a dump.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: The soil type at the site is generally described as sandy clay with silt intermingled with "Dump material" (ash, black sand, brick, wood, glass), underlain by native poorly graded silty sand. The depth to groundwater is approximately 9-15 feet below ground surface and flows north to northwest toward the Buffalo River.

In November 2012 the Brownfield Cleanup Agreement was executed for this site.

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.

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.

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

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
East Clinton Branch
Attn: Susan Carson
1929 Clinton Street
Buffalo, NY 14206

Who to Contact

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

Environmental Related Questions:
Anthony Lopes, P.E.
Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203-2915

Site Related Health Questions:
Wendy S. Kuehner, P.E.
Empire State Plaza Corning Tower Room 1787
Albany, NY 12237

Project Related Questions:
Thomas H. Forbes, P.E.
TurnKey Environmental Restoration, LLC
2558 Hamburg Turnpike, Suite 300
Buffalo, NY 14218
(716) 856-0599

For More Information

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Site Location

Aerial view of 154 South Ogden Street site
Aerial view of 154 South Ogden Street site