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New greenspace and a tree that has been added to the Southside Plaza as part of a future new building construction project in the former location of the Tastee Corners & Cafe building. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for public comment through Nov. 14 on the proposed cleanup remedy plan to address contamination related to the site.
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Before a new building can be built at the former Tastee Corners & Cafe locate in the Southside Plaza in Jamestown, the state Department of Environmental Conservation needs to approve a Brownfield Cleanup Program remedy plan.

As part of the cleanup plan, the DEC is inviting the public to comment through Nov. 14 on the proposed remedy to address contamination related to the site.

The 5-acre site located on Foote Avenue between Cole Avenue and Marion Street is a retail strip mall and a fast food restaurant. Historically, two former drycleaners operated within the strip mall and an auto repair/filling station was also located on-site. The primary contaminants of concern at the site are chlorinated volatile organic compounds related to the past use of chlorinated solvents at the site. Impacts are primarily to groundwater and soil vapor/indoor air.

According to the Brownfield Cleanup Program online fact sheet — www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/c907043cuprop.pdf — the draft remedy plan consist of treating contaminated groundwater through injection of chemical reducing agents into the groundwater. The cleanup plan also includes placement of a cover system over the southwestern corner of the site. The plan also includes continued operation and maintenance of the existing sub slab depressurization system and indoor air monitoring.

Once the public comment period is completed, DEC officials will finalize the remedy clean up plan to address the site contamination. New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as “brownfields” so that they can be reused and redeveloped. These uses may include recreation, housing, business or other uses. A brownfield site is any real property where a contaminant is present at levels exceeding the soil cleanup objectives or other health-based or environmental standards, criteria or guidance adopted by DEC that are applicable based on the reasonably anticipated use of the property, in accordance with applicable regulations

In October 2019, the city Planning Commission approved the site plan for the proposed new building. The new 3,337-square-foot building could have up to three units, however, that will depend on how the space is leased in the structure. Along with the new building, greenspace and trees were added to the plaza’s parking lot.

In December 2018, the former Tastee Corners & Cafe building was demolished. The Tastee Corners business, which started in 1953, closed at the end of October 2018.

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