250 Brownfields cleanup program is underway
If you’ve listened to plans for 250 Water, where Howard Hughes will build a 324ft mixed-use development (rendered below) on this square block in the historic South Street Seaport, you know the site is contaminated – and also opposite Peck Slip School – and requires a regimented brownfields cleanup program.
Work has therefore started and an independent environmental consultant is providing reports to CB1. So far, 32 truckloads of dirt have been hauled off site, and the majority of the area has now sunk to the target depth of minus 8 feet. Soil samples were taken along Peck Slip and will be reported this week. No odor has been observed on the floor so far.
The entire surface of the floor was covered with moss to contain any contaminant dust; the work was also scheduled for the closing of the school. Eventually, the site will be backfilled with clean imported fill.
Over the years, uses of the site have included a factory, oil company, printing works, metallurgy, chemical and glue company, chemical company, thermometer factories/workshops, garage with two storage tanks underground, a machine shop, and a gas station. Hence the reservoirs and all kinds of contaminants, including mercury.
See a site built for the brownfields cleanup program here, and reports to CB1 here.