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Greenburgh Gets Recommendations For Frank's Nursery Cleanup

Several contaminants have been found at the site of the former Frank's Nursery in Greenburgh.
Several contaminants have been found at the site of the former Frank's Nursery in Greenburgh. Photo Credit: File Photo

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – An environmental service agency hired to identify contaminants at the former Frank's Nursery site has issued several recommendations for remediation to Greenburgh officials.

Any cleanup should be integrated into the site's redevelopment in consultation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, said representatives from Woodard and Curran.

The Dobbs Ferry Road site remained undeveloped until 1967. A 50,000-square-foot commercial building was built during the 1970s. Greenburgh officials are deciding whether to sell the town-owned site to a sports complex. Officials hope to finalize plans this month, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said.

Two companies have pitched bids to buy the site. Game On 365 has proposed buying it for $1.5 million and paying for the remediation. House of Sports offered to buy the site for $3.5 million in January, also saying it would assume the cleanup costs.

“Once we make a decision, we will ask that the group that buys the property to clean up the property,” Feiner said in an email. “I don't anticipate that the town will pay the costs.”

Greenburgh hired Woodard and Curran to investigate the status of an April 2001 oil spill, which included an above-ground storage tank used to store emergency heating oil. Representatives found several potential carcinogens at the site from the spill and historic fill used on the property for development.

Woodard and Curran found several contaminants in the site's soil that exceeded New York State guidelines for commercial and residential properties, including pesticides, PCBs, semi-volatile organic compounds, volatile organic compounds and metals. Several pollutants were also found in the site's groundwater: barium, lead, manganese and semi-volatile organic compounds.

Representatives will work with the New York State Department of Conservation to design a remediation plan but have recommended taking out the storage tank, excavating soils, using asphalt caps to minimize risk of exposure and developing a soil management plan for redevelopment.

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