South Amboy, New Jersey is a poster child for transit oriented development (TOD). Over the past 20 years, the community has quietly transformed itself from a dying urban center into a forward-looking, vibrant community.
When Peron Development/South Amboy II, LLC wanted to redevelop a 15-acre parcel in the Lower Broadway neighborhood, H2M was there to lend a hand, overseeing the remediation of contaminated soils. The contamination was attributed to the use of contaminated fill at the property, and discrete discharges due to the property’s commercial and industrial history.
Contaminants included polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), petroleum hydrocarbons, metals, pesticides, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The impacted soil remediation involved the removal, characterization, and disposal of rusted drum carcasses; building debris including concrete floors, foundations, and rail spurs; and abandoned underground storage tanks. Over 20,000 cubic yards of soil were excavated, field screened, and transported off site or re-used. H2M also provided analysis and post-excavation sampling to verify the effectiveness of the remediation.
The newly remediated property is now on its way to becoming a skilled nursing facility, 86 townhomes and a community YMCA. Converting the run down, blighted property into a pedestrian-friendly mixed use development adds another piece to South Amboy’s fresh, transit-oriented community.