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1050-1088 Niagara Street

Site Number C915277

DEC is accepting written comments about the proposed cleanup plan for 45 days, from August 17 through October 1, 2015.

Digital Files

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 1050-1088 Niagara Street Site is located in the City of Buffalo, Erie County. The site is comprised of three adjoining parcels and is approximately 2.7 acres in size. The parcels are 1050 Niagara Street, 1054 Niagara Street and 1088 Niagara Street.

Site Features: The site is bounded by Albany Street to the north with commercial properties beyond; commercial manufacturing facility to the south; Niagara Street and residential properties beyond to the east; and railroad tracks, NYS I-190, and the Niagara River to the west.

Current Zoning/Uses: The site is currently zoned M1 Light Industrial, but is used for commercial use. The site use is mainly intended for commercial use.

Historic Uses: The 1050 Niagara Street parcel has a long history of being utilized for commercial/industrial operations since at least 1889. The Niagara Lithograph Company (current on-site building) operated a commercial printing company from approximately 1930 through 1990. The Miken Companies, also a commercial printing company, was located on-site until about 2000. Historic Sanborn records indicate that two 25,000 gallon tanks, likely containing fuel oil and/or printing related solvents were located in the basement of the building. Lithographic printing operation historically utilized VOC-based solvent routinely for printing cleaning, degreasing and ink-solvents.

The 1088 Niagara Street parcel (northern portion of the site) formerly included the International Brewing Company and American Gelatine Corp. operated on-site in the early 1900s. Records from 1925 indicate Hygrade Oil Co. utilized the site as a service station and fuel distribution facility, including multiple petroleum storage and distribution tanks, gasoline pump house(s), and tank wagon loading house, which was historically located abutting the current 1050 Niagara Street building, from at least the 1920s through the 1960s. Gulf Oil Corporation and Hygrade Petroleum Co. were identified as on-site operators from approximately the 1920s through 1960.

Geology & Hydrogeology: The surface soils on the site is characterized as Urban Land, consisting of level to gently sloping land with 80 percent or more of the soil surface covered by asphalt, concrete, buildings, or other impervious structures typical of an urban environment. Mapping of the surface soils in the vicinity of the site, based on the USDA soil survey, indicates the surficial geology of the area consists of various loams, with slopes typically ranging from 0-6%. The subsurface soil/fill can generally be described as sandy lean clay with varying amounts and depths of fill material (i.e., brick, concrete).

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 above under Digital Files. 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
Attn: Kathy Galvin
Niagara Branch
280 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201

Who to Contact

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

Project Related Questions:
Eugene Melnyk
NYS DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203

Site-Related Health Questions:
Nathan Freeman
Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower, Rm. 1787
Albany, NY 12237

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Site Location

Aerial view of 1050-1088 Niagara Street brownfield site
Aerial view of 1050-1088 Niagara Street brownfield site

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