89 LaSalle Avenue Site
- February 2015 Fact Sheet (5 page PDF, 355 KB)
- Remedial Investigation/Interim Remedial Measures/Alternatives Analysis (RI/IRM/AA) Report (70 page PDF, 2.42 MB)
- Remedial Investigation Work Plan (30 page PDF, 1.11 MB)
Location: The proposed BCP site is located at 89 LaSalle Avenue in the City of Buffalo, Erie County. It is bordered to the north by LaSalle Avenue; to the south and west by McCarthy Park and the William Price Memorial Parkway properties; and to the east by Cordova Avenue.
Site Features: The site consists of 4 parcels totaling approximately 10.61 acres and is currently vacant with the exception of City-owned tennis courts and parking areas.
Current Zoning/Use: The site is currently zoned for residential and commercial use, and is also used recreationally.
Historic Use: The southeastern half of the site, including the City-owned parcel, was used as a stone quarry from approximately 1915 through 1950. The quarry was subsequently used by the City of Buffalo as a landfill in the 1950s and 1960s for the disposal of demolition debris, ash, railroad ballast and reportedly some municipal waste.
The northwestern half of the site was used as a lumber yard since the early 1900s. More recently, some of the structures on this portion of the site were used for automotive storage after the lumberyard closed. There were no other uses noted for this portion of the site.
Geology & Hydrogeology: The site is covered by surface soil classified as Urban Land. Depth of bedrock (outside of the quarry) is approximately 3 ft. to 11 ft. below ground surface (bgs) and general lithology consists of varying layers of fill including ash, cinders, sand, and gravel as well as various amounts of glass and brick fill, with no native soil. The site lithology is more consistent with the historic use as a quarry and subsequent solid waste landfill. Groundwater in the vicinity is at least 40 ft. bgs.
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 by visiting the Digital Files section on this website (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, NY 14203
(Call for appointment)
East Delavan Branch
1187 East Delavan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
Who to Contact
Comments and questions are always welcome and should be directed as follows:
Project Related Questions:
Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
Site-Related Health Questions:
Corning Tower Room 1787
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237
For More Information
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Aerial view of 89 LaSalle Avenue brownfield site