Lockport Receives Funds to Study Contaminated Site
By Eileen Buckley
Lockport, NY – A former industrial site in Lockport is targeted for brownfield redevelopment. The city will receive a $270,000 state grant to investigate potential contamination on Richmond Avenue.
At one time, Harrison Radiator operated on Richmond Avenue near Pine Street. Other businesses included a gas station, dry cleaner and auto recycling shop. Now Lockport leaders want to determine what chemicals may exist at the site, clean it up and rebuild.
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Erin Crotty says the grant will help pay for investigating the site. It is provided through the state's 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air bond act.
"The investigation, I think, is going to take the next four to six months," Crotty said. "Then we have to do some work back at DEC and analyze the data and come up with an appropriate clean up strategy. Then if there is contamination, we will have to go out and clean it up."
Lockport Mayor Thomas Sullivan says the site is an eyesore. He says it will be redeveloped to revitalize the city's downtown area.
"So we are confident, number one, that we are going to be bringing new jobs to the area and the cleanup will improve our image," Sullivan said. "For the long term, it's going to be the catalyst for what's going to happen through out the city. We believe this will be bringing a future to the City of Lockport."
The city is chipping in providing $90,000 to examine the site. Commissioner Crotty says under the state's brownfield program, if there is contamination, the former companies from the site would be required to reimburse the state for cleanup costs.