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Brownfield cleanups completed at four Buffalo sites

With the calendar year coming to a close in less than two weeks, developers and contractors are rushing to certify that they have completed their state-supervised environmental remediation efforts at various properties, so they can obtain the lucrative tax credits that accompany the Brownfield Cleanup Program.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday announced that the cleanup is finished at four project sites in the city of Buffalo. The sites include:

  • Rocco Termini's Chandler Incubator Site , at 27 and 37 Chandler, where 4,000 cubic yards of soil and a 250-gallon underground storage tank were removed. The project is now a business incubator for startup food companies.
  • The Black Rock Freight House at 68 Tonawanda St., where developers Karl Frizlen and Jason Yots excavated 2 feet of material and took out 2,067 tons of contaminated soil. They are converting the building to apartments, with some commercial space.
  • The Grid at 1155 Main St., where Dr. Fadi Dagher's Cedarland Development is spending $35 million to construct a five-story building at Dodge St., with 217 apartments, three commercial units and some office or coworking space. Cedarland disposed of 26,746 tons of soil and fill material, and took out a 250-gallon buried crushed steel tank.
  • 837 Bailey Ave., where a former used-car parts store was torn down. It was supposed to become home to Buffalo Truck Center's new dealership and service center. About 785 tons of concrete, construction and demolition materials, plus nine truckloads of tires, were carted away, as was 1,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil.

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