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Yonkers industrial site staged for new life

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Project: Yonkers Industrial Site Remediation

Client: Blackacre Partners

Size: 14 acres

Services provided: Soil remediation, analysis, post-excavation sampling, remediation report

Yonkers industrial site staged for new life

Located on the scenic Hudson River, only a few miles upriver from Manhattan, the 14-acre BICC site in Yonkers, NY was in bad shape. The site’s industrial history began in the 1880s when it was used for manufacturing wire and cable products. A 130-year history as an industrial site had left the property contaminated with PCBs, lead and VOCs. Blackacre Partners repurposed and revived the property as a film stage from 1999-2007, when it was used for major motion pictures, including Kate and Leopold, Johnny Depp’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Zoolander and The Stepford Wives.

Working for Blackacre, H2M provided environmental engineering support for demolition and clean-up activities on the property. Site buildings totaling over 200,000 square feet were demolished, 1,100 feet of subsurface stormwater drains were removed, over 1,500 feet of bulkhead was replaced, and 40,000 tons of impacted soils and 23,000 cubic yards of PCB-impacted river sediments were excavated and disposed.

H2M conducted pre- and post-remediation soil and sediment borings, prepared Work Plans and provided full-time inspection services and construction coordination throughout the remediation activities. Our analysis included a tidal influence study and aquifer pump tests to assess hydraulic properties for the design of a dewatering system. Upon completing the work, H2M collected and analyzed over 200 post-excavation endpoint samples and prepared a Remediation Report documenting the work.

The final phase of the project includes removal of impacted river sediments. Once completed, the property will be ready for yet another life. Several redevelopment projects have been proposed, including a $900 million residential/retail complex on the Hudson River waterfront called Point Street Landing

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