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DEC reviews brownfield cleanup plans for Monarch Knitting building and Hamburg site

State environmental officials are seeking public comment on a pair of pending remediation proposals for properties in Buffalo and Hamburg under the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program.

An entity called Betlem Associates – registered to the same Buffalo address as Upstate Steel – has submitted an application and draft remediation plan to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for cleanup of a 3.54-acre property at 250 Lake Ave. in Hamburg.

The site includes a large industrial building occupied by P&H Warehouse, with storage and distribution for animal feed and soybeans, and by Samuel Plate Buffalo for general storage. The rest of the site includes gravel areas and some green space.

The property is slated for reuse for an industrial metal fabrication and distribution facility – consistent with past uses from 1909 through 1986. Prior owners and operators included Bethlehem Steel from 1944 through 1950 and previously Kalman Steel.

More information is available at the DEC's Buffalo office at 270 Michigan Ave., or at the central library in downtown Buffalo. Public comments are due by Aug. 9.

In the second project, Larry Regan's Regan Development Corp. of Ardsley, N.Y., is proposing a draft remediation plan under the Brownfield Cleanup Program for the 1.92-acre site at 19 Doat St. and 9 Landsdale Place in Buffalo.

That's the former Monarch Knitting Co. building, a 100,000-square-foot former warehouse storage building that Regan wants to convert into a low-income apartment complex with a neighborhood health clinic.

Plans include 74 affordable housing apartments, plus 5,700-square-feet of community space. Twenty-one units would be supportive, reserved for the homeless or those with special needs.

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Regan is partnering with Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of Western New York to provide services to residents. The $10 million adaptive reuse project would include construction of a separate 8,100-square-foot, single-story outpatient clinic, to be run by Jericho Road Community Health Center.

Regan - through Crossings at Genesee - seeks to examine potential contamination of the site using soil borings, test pits, soil vapor, indoor air samples and groundwater wells. A cleanup plan would follow.

The site previously was used for textile manufacturing and dyeing, optical lens manufacturing, bedding and mattress manufacturing and most recently for automotive repair and tire sales.

Public comments are due Aug. 2.

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