Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace released a statement yesterday, detailing remediation plans for a 2019 fire-stricken property on Military Road:
“I understand the frustration that folks have with this “eye sore” (Military Rd School) on our most traveled road, and I assure you that it is a major concern for the Town Board and myself as well. With that said, I wanted to update everyone on the status of the school as of today’s date.
“Over the past few months, I have been in constant contact with the developer/owner regarding the status of the building and the future of the site. After recent discussions with the demolition contractor, as well as Niagara County Brownfield personnel, please find below an estimated up to date analysis and timeline for the demolition:
- The property has been accepted into the State Brownfield Clean-Up Program and thus is under contract for complete remediation as per NYSDEC guidance and guidelines.
- The remediation investigation is scheduled for any time after December 1st, 2020 and the developer is waiting on approval of the work plan as submitted.
- Once the investigation phase is complete (January/February 2021), the remediation phase can begin. This phase could take up to 6 months, providing a ‘clean’ site sometime during the summer of 2021.
“I realize that the timeline for the demolition seems lengthy, unfortunately the overall process of acceptance into the NY State Brownfield Program, as well as the NY State DEC requirements are completely out of the control of the Town Board.”
The Brownfield Cleanup Program is a state funded initiative to repair brownfields and encourage their redevelopment. The program’s design removes some regulatory barriers and provides tax incentives for the redevelopment of blighted and banal properties.