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Abandoned Gas Terminal
Abandoned gas terminal at 5335 River Road
A site, where the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse can be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.
Source: U.S. EPA

Town of Tonawanda BOA Program - Step 1 Pre-Nomination Phase
The Town has received a grant through the New York State Department of State Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program to conduct a Pre-Nomination Study (this is the first of three required phases). The Town applied for the Brownfield Opportunity Area Pre-Nomination Study in June 2005. The award contract was received in 2010. In the five year period from 2005 to 2010, a large amount of activity has taken place in the BOA area. There has been brownfield site remediation, Phase I reports that have been obtained and industrial parks being developed. A large amount of acreage still needs to be identified and investigated.

The Tonawanda Brownfield Opportunity Area, a 1,743 acre area bounded by the Youngmann Expressway (I-290), Niagara Thruway (I-190), Niagara River and City of Tonawanda. A section is also located to the south of interstate 190 as well.

The purpose of the Tonawanda Brownfield Opportunity project is to develop an area wide revitalization and cleanup strategy for brownfield, vacant, abandoned and underutilized properties within the brownfield opportunity area. The area consists of 202 parcels in the Town and City of Tonawanda that include River Road properties, the North Youngmann Commerce Center, Tonawanda inactive landfill and the Spaulding Fibre property.

The town and our consultant LaBella Associates, P.C. worked together with the project steering committee which was comprised of members from NY State Department of State, Department of Environmental Conservation, Erie County and the City of Tonawanda.


Town of Tonawanda BOA Program - Step 2 Nomination Phase
Since the completion of the Step 1 Pre-Nomination study the town in partnership with other agencies, has completed their Waterfront Land Use Plan Update, Waterfront Corridor Landscaping PlanComprehensive Plan Update and progressed redevelopment of the former Polymer Applications property and the North Youngmann Commerce Center. We have secured $275,400 in funding from the NY State Department of State for this work.

We are currently working on the Step 2 Nomination Phase. The primary community revitalization objectives to be achieved by this project include: Retention and attraction of business, the redevelopment of vacant or underutilized properties, rehabilitation of contaminated sites and the enhancement of the waterfront region. Primary issues and or problems to be addressed by this project include multiple brownfield sites and building a consensus on future uses for the proposed BOA. Targeted completion of this phase is December 2016. The work will include:
Task 3.1: Community Participation Summary – Consultant shall assist Town
Task 3.2: Techniques to Enlist Partners
Task 4.1: Description of the Project and Boundary (to be presented as Section 1)
Task 4.2: Community Participation and Techniques to Enlist Partners (to be presented as Section 2)
Task 4.3: Analysis of the Proposed BOA (to be presented as Section 3)
Task 4.4: Review of Strategic Brownfield Sites
Task 5.1: Draft Revitalization Plan and Executive Summary
Task 5.2: Draft Revitalization Plan and Executive Summary
Task 5.3: Interagency/Partner Engagement
Task 6.1: Preparation of Final Revitalization Plan
Task 6.2: Application for Project Advancement
Task 7.1: Environmental Assessment Form
Task 7.2: Lead Agency
Task 7.3: Determine Significance
Task 7.4: Scoping Session
Task 8.1 MWBE Quarterly Reports
Task 8.2 Project Status Reports
Task 8.3: Final Project Summary Report
Task 8.4: Progress Report on Actions Taken to Advance Redevelopment and Revitalization
Task 8.5 Revitalization Strategy Report.

The town again has teamed with LaBella Associates, P.C. for the Step 2 Nomination Study.

Visit the project website for additional information.

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