Cleanup of Abandoned Dry Cleaner Property
A derelict dry cleaning facility and its legacy contamination had stalled redevelopment of this corner of the city. With new potential commercial tenants at hand, a progressive development company sought the assistance of an environmental consultant that could help them obtain the necessary regulatory approvals and financial backing to clean up and revitalize the site, and then to steward the site to closure through demolition and remediation.
GES worked with the developer and municipality to provide the technically-sound basis for a $3 million urban revitalization fund grant and to obtain regulatory approvals for the construction of a new commercial property with an anchor bank building.
As prime contractor, GES managed the environmental investigation, demolition, and remediation aspects of the project. These ranged from the initial Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments (ESAs) to development and execution of the remedial action plan for the mitigation of chlorinated solvents in soil, groundwater, and soil gas beneath the site. GES served as general contractor for the demolition of existing buildings and excavation of impacted soils. A combination of engineering controls and the calculation of site-specific standards ensured that compliance with voluntary action program standards was achieved. Aggressive in-situ chemical reduction was implemented as a final remediation technology to address the residual shallow groundwater impacts beneath the site.
GES’ understanding of the complex regulatory and grant funding requirements smoothed the path toward urban revitalization. The close coordination among stakeholders clearly defined the pace of the project and services necessary to deliver a clean, safe, and productive site to the property owners and the community. GES saved roughly $700,000 from the budget through proper waste characterization, with savings returned to the state grant fund to apply to other eligible projects. Remedial action is complete and a no further action and covenant agreement was issued by the regulating authorities