Greenpoint Gets Greener? West St. Brownfield Application Submitted

by Heather Van De Mark on

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup application and a Remedial Investigation Work Plan for 11 West Street (between Quay and Calyer Sts.) in Greenpoint from M & H Realty LLC. The site ID is #C224191. 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 Former Consolidated Freightways Truck Terminal is located on West street. The site is approximately 4.88 acres. The site has three buildings and an open lot formerly used for truck maintenance, loading and storing, staging trucks and equipment. The current use of the site is for Commercial.
  • Historical Use: The site was developed prior to 1887 as a shipyard and iron works. The company built iron water pipes, boilers, iron ferryboats/steamboats and ironclad warships for the US Navy during the Civil War. Following the decline of shipbuilding following the war, the company focused on building marine boilers and iron components for gas works. The site continued to be occupied by the Continental Iron Works through 1916. The property was vacant from roughly 1920 – 1942, when it became a lumber yard. Shortly thereafter it was replaced by a machine shop and welding company. In 1965, the existing buildings were constructed and occupied by Associated Transport.
  • Site Geology and Hydrogeology: Subsurface soils at the site consists of a mixture of a fill materials consisting of bricks and other rubble in a silty-soil matrix. The thickness of the fill ranges from 5 to more than 10 feet. Below the fill material is a silty-sand. Groundwater is present under water table conditions at a depth of approximately 5-8 feet below the surface and is expected to flow west though flow will likely reverse up to 400 feet in land during periods of high tide.
  • Contaminants of Concern (Including Materials Disposed): BARIUM, BENZ(A)ANTHRACENE, BENZO(A)PYRENE, BENZO(B)FLUORANTHENE, BENZO[K]FLUORANTHENE, CHROMIUM, Chrysene, COPPER, FLUORANTHENE, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, Isopropylbenzene, LEAD, N-PROPYLBENZENE, NICKEL, ZINC. All quantities unknown.

Comments on this application should be submitted by June 13, 2014:
Manfred Magloire, Project Manager
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation – Region 2
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 718-482-7744

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.