Tully Environmental Inc., which owns and operates six solid and liquid waste management facilities across the metropolitan area,
In 2007, the NYC Economic Development Corp developed a plan to revitalize the Sunset Park industrial district. Disinvestment in the area over the past several decades had drained this once thriving industrial area of its vitality. The ClearBrook recycling site is within this promising but currently underutilized area. Potential land contamination issues from the prior use of the site for manufacturing and warehouse storage surfaced when Tully Environmental prepared to redevelop the property.
To address contamination issues, the developer, working with the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation (OER), conducted a thorough investigation of the site’s groundwater, soil, and soil vapor. Tully Environmental then opted to enroll the site in the city Voluntary Cleanup Program, a land cleanup program managed by OER, and clean it up to meet stringent residential standards.
The property and the development plan for the three buildings have also been examined as part of OER’s Climate Change Resilience Survey program. The survey highlights opportunities to implement sustainable remediation techniques, resilience measures for extreme weather events such as floods, and other efficient design practices to promote environmental resiliency and sustainability in the industrial park.
With the implementation of stricter waterfront soil cleanup standards and the Climate Change Resilience Survey program, the site’s development reflects the best available approach to protect and strengthen this burgeoning waterfront area from severe storms.