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3 Gates Circle

Site Number C915272

DEC is accepting written comments about the proposed plan for 45 days, from March 4, 2015 through April 17, 2015.

Digital Files

Satellite/aerial view of Gates Circle
Satellite/aerial view of Gates Circle

Below is an abbreviated version of work plans 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 site property is located at 3 Gates Circle in the City of Buffalo. It consists of approximately 6.9 acres and encompasses the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle hospital complex. The property is bounded by Delaware Ave. and commercial properties to the west; Linwood Ave. and a mix of commercial and residential properties to the east; Lafayette Ave. and a mix of commercial and residential properties to the north; and commercial properties to the south.

Site Features: The site is composed of several interconnecting buildings covering most of the site. The site contains two underground storage tanks and one above ground storage tank previously used for diesel fuel and fuel oil No. 6. A collection and treatment system is currently active within the Power Plant, which collects and treats contamination due to a previous oil spill (see Spill file #0751494). Currently the property is vacant.

Current Zoning/Use: The site is currently zoned for commercial purposes.

Historical Use: The site was initially developed for residential use and partially used for tricycle manufacturing pre-1900. By 1916 the site was beginning to be operated as a hospital facility, with continued expansion of the hospital complex through the early 1970's (i.e. Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital).

Contamination: The site is contaminated with No. 6 fuel oil caused by leaking underground storage tanks. The contamination in soil is due to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals such as mercury and lead which exceeds residential use soil cleanup objectives (SCOs).

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: The superficial geology of the area consists of various loams, with slopes typically ranging from 0 to 8%. Native soil is very hard, medium plasticity, reddish brown lean clay present at varying thicknesses and overlying reddish brown sandy silt. Groundwater is approximately 10 feet below ground surface (fbgs) with shallow overburden groundwater at approximately 16 fbgs. Groundwater on the Site appears to flow to the north-northwest towards Scajaquada Creek.

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

Brownfield Cleanup Program

New York's 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 in 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, New York 14203
(Call for appointment)

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Crane Branch
633 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222

Who to Contact

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

Project Related Questions:
Jaspal S. Walia
NYS DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203-2915

Site-Related Health Questions:
Renata Ockerby
Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower
Room 1787
Albany NY 12237

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Site Location

Aerial view of Gates Circle brownfield site location
Aerial view of Gates Circle brownfield site location