Brownfield cleanup needed before apartments are built in Lockport plant

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A plan to convert a building at the old Harrison Radiator plant in downtown Lockport into 77 apartments must wait until a brownfield cleanup is completed.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that Kearney Realty & Development Group of Baldwin Place has applied to the state Brownfield Cleanup Program. The application says cleanup work could be completed in May 2022.

Kearney has a deal to buy Building 3 at what is now called Harrison Place, at Walnut and Washburn streets, from the city for $750,000. Kearney is seeking state brownfield tax credits.

The three-story structure, more than 100 years old, measures 400 by 150 feet, with a glass-roofed atrium.

Kearney plans to gut the building and put in 77 apartments, with commercial space on the first floor, including two restaurants and a farmer’s market.

Environmental issues beneath the plant include buried chemicals and heavy metals, and gases from the soil caused by petroleum products, solvents and volatile organic chemicals.

Published by The Buffalo News

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