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Cleanup Plan For Brewery ‘Brownfield’ Site Completed

According to a report released by the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Jamestown Brewery property, located at 115-121 W. Third St., has successfully completed cleanup action of the designated “brownfield” site.

The cleanup action plan for the brownfield site was part of New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program due to contamination levels of the Jamestown Brewery property.

Cleanup of the property was executed by GPatti Enterprises, LCC. Oversight for the project was provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

According to the DEC, a draft Final Engineering Report has been submitted to the NYSDEC, stating that the cleanup requirements for the brownfield site have either been fully completed or will soon be completed to “fully protect” both the environment of the property and the public health of the community.

According to the DEC report, remedial action objectives for the brownfield site included the excavation and safe disposal of roughly 430 tons of “hazardous” soil and fill material. Additionally, 1,584 tons of “non-hazardous” soil and fill material were removed from the site. After excavation and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous material was completed, “clean fill” was brought to the property in order to replace the excavated soil and adequately bring the property up to grade. Another remedial action objective was the installation and maintenance of a “sub-slab depressurization system” inside the building located on the property. GPatti Enterprises also performed in-situ injections at five locations of the property to address any potential soil or groundwater contamination.

Moving forward, steps will be taken to maintain the property.

“The new development will maintain a site cover, which consists of the structures (buildings, pavement, sidewalks, etc) comprising the site development and a 2-foot clean soil cover in landscaped areas,” the DEC’s report said. “The soil cover is placed over a demarcation layer, with the upper six inches of soil of sufficient quality to maintain a vegetation layer.”

Another remedial action objective requires a Site Management Plan, which will address long-term steps for managing any “residual contamination.”

Finally, an “Environmental Easement” was implemented to prevent any future contamination exposure at the Jamestown location.

Following the successful completion of Jamestown’s cleanup action plan, the NYSDEC will approve the Final Engineering Report and will provide a Certificate of Completion. After the certificate is received, the site would be eligible for redevelopment.

According to the DEC, the property currently consists of a three-story 16,147 commercial building and a paved parking lot. The property has served several purposes over its history. Previous uses include a photography studio, automotive repair shops, a taxi garage, a dry cleaner and a commercial brewery.

While the property is expected to be redeveloped for commercial use in the future, it is currently vacant.

The Jamestown Brewery property’s successful brownfield cleanup plan reflects the state’s emphasis on addressing environmental issues and redeveloping brownfield locations.

“New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as ‘brownfields’ so that they can be reused and redeveloped,” the DEC said. “These uses may include recreation, housing, business or other uses. A brownfield site is any real property where a contaminant is present at levels exceeding the soil cleanup objectives or other health-based or environmental standards, criteria or guidance adopted by DEC that are applicable based on the reasonably anticipated use of the property, in accordance with applicable regulations.”

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