Kent Ave Getting Cleaned Up? Two Brownfield Cleanup Applications Submitted

by Heather Van De Mark on

1. 87 Kent Ave.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation(DEC) received a Brownfield Cleanup application for 87 Kent Ave aka 56 North 9th St in Williamsburg from Ronit Realty LLC. The site ID is #C224188. The application can be viewed at the Greenpoint branch of the Brooklyn Public Library or online using the Environmental Site Remediation Database Search Page.

Excerpts from the online database:

  • The site is approximately 0.382 acres in size with a single story warehouse covering the entire site.
  • Current Zoning and Land Use: The site has an E-designation as part of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning and is included in the M1-2/R6A mixed use district. The property is currently vacant.
  • Past Use of the Site: Prior use includes a warehouse, an apparel assembly facility, a rope dealer, and a coal company.
  • Contaminants of Concern (Including Materials Disposed): BENZO(A)PYRENE, BENZO(B)FLUORANTHENE, BENZO[K]FLUORANTHENE, DICHLOROETHYLENE, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, MANGANESE, SELENIUM, SODIUM, TRICHLOROETHENE (TCE). [All in unknown quantities.]
  • Information submitted with the BCP application regarding the environmental condition at the site are currently under review and will be revised as additional information becomes available.

Comments on this application should be submitted by May 9, 2014 to:
Hasan Ahmed, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Region 2 Office, One Hunters Point Plaza, 1st Floor
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 718-482-6405
E-mail: hrahmed@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

2. 470 Kent Avenue
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for 470 Kent Avenue from 470 Kent Avenue LLC. The site ID #C224053. The application can be viewed at the Williamsburg branch of the Brooklyn Public Library or online using the Environmental Site Remediation Database Search Page.

Excerpts from the online database:

  • The site consists of two buildings with a covered area between them and is approximately 3.8 acres in size. The buildings are two and four stories respectively.
  • Current Zoning and Land Use: The site has an approved zoning amendment with Special Permit modifications for residential (R7-3) zoning designation from the current manufacturing designation (M3-1) with a 100 foor commercial (C2-4) overlay. There is currently a lumberyard in operation on the site.
  • Past Use of the Site: A manufactured gas plant (MGP) operated on the site prior to 1868 and ceased operations between 1893 and 1896. Other past uses include a stave yard, molasses storage, sugar refining, warehouse storage, and a brewing company.
  • Contaminants of Concern (Including Materials Disposed): 1,2,4-TRIMETHYLBENZENE, 1,3,5-Trimethylbenzene, ACENAPTHYLENE, BENZ(A)ANTHRACENE, BENZENE, BENZO(A)PYRENE, BENZO(B)FLUORANTHENE, BENZO(GHI)PERYLENE, BENZO[K]FLUORANTHENE, Butylbenzene, Chrysene, DIBENZ[A,H]ANTHRACENE, ETHYLBENZENE, HEPTACHLOR EPOXIDE, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, Isopropylbenzene, MERCURY, N-PROPYLBENZENE, NAPHTHALENE, POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCB), TETRACHLOROETHYLENE (PCE), TOLUENE, TRICHLOROETHENE (TCE), VINYL CHLORIDE, XYLENE (MIXED) [all quantities unknown]
  • Nature and Extent of Contamination: Based upon investigations to date, the primary contaminants of concern for the site are PAHs, volatiles, and metals in the soil and groundwater primarily in the northern portion of the site where the former MGP plant operated.
  • Soil: –Several exceedances of PAHs were detected, ranging from shallow depths to as deep as 15 feet. Benzo(a)anthracene, Benzo(a)pyrene, and Benzo(b)fluoranthene all exceeded the soil cleanup objective (SCO) for restricted residential use (1 ppm) in 7 different samples with a maximum concentration of 16 ppm.
  • Groundwater: Several compounds including volatile compounds, PAHs including naphthalene, and metals were found to exceed the groundwater quality standards. Napthalene was detected in two locations with a maximum concentration of 47 ug/L in exceedance of the groundwater quality standard of 10 ug/L. Mercury was found in a well at a concentration of 1.9 ug/L in exceedance of the groundwater quality standard of .7 ug/L. Lead was also found at a concentration of 2,630 ug/L in exceedance of the groundwater quality standard of 25 ug/L. These exceedances are located in the NE area of the site covering half of the area where the former MGP plant operated.

Comments on this application should be submitted by May 9, 2014 to:
Kyle Forster, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Div. of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau B
625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016
Phone: 518-402-9767
E-mail: kmforste@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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About the Brownfield Cleanup Program
“The goal of the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is to enhance private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to reduce development pressure on “greenfields”. A brownfield site is real property, the redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a contaminant. Contaminants include hazardous waste and/or petroleum,” from the DEC Brownfield Cleanup Program website.

Learn more about the Brownfield Cleanup Program on the DEC’s website.

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.

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