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DEC seeks comments on brownfield project at Lewiston plaza site

LEWISTON – The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday it will accept public comments through Oct. 28 on a brownfield cleanup project at the site of the proposed Ellicott Development Co. plaza on Center Street in Lewiston.

The Buffalo company plans to build a $14 million development featuring a restaurant, 13 apartments, a drugstore with a drive-thru lane, a coffee shop and five or six boutique-style retail shops. The project has drawn substantial opposition at public meetings.

The site comprises three parcels that take up the eastern portion of a block bounded by Center, North Seventh, North Eighth and Onondaga streets. There are three buildings and associated parking lots there. The site formerly was used by a gas station and a dry cleaner, among other businesses. Petroleum-contaminated soil was discovered on the block as far back as 1986, but soil tests also have shown the presence of some PCBs and volatile organic chemicals, blamed on past railroad, junk yard and agricultural uses.

Comments may be sent to Michael Hinton, Project Manager, NYSDEC-Region 9, 270 Michigan Ave, Buffalo 14203; michael.hinton@dec.ny.gov; or call 851-7220.

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