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Cleanup set for Ridgewood apartment house site


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

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Builders planning to erect a seven-story apartment house on a former Ridgewood knitting mill site are set to move forward with an environmental cleanup, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The cleanup focuses on 1632-1641 Madison St., formerly Philru Knitting Mills, where Essex Capital plans to develop a 90-unit apartment building. The action is moving forward under the DEC’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. Essex Capital’s holding company, 1614 Madison Partners LLC, will perform the cleanup under DEC oversight.

The cleanup action for the site includes Track 1 cleanup, which would allow unrestricted use of the site. The existing buildings would be demolished and an underground gasoline storage and any associated contaminated soil would be removed.

Additionally, crews will remove two feet of soil from the tetrahloroethylene “hot spot” area beneath the existing building slab on Lot 14 and dispose of it off-site; excavate two feet of soil from the rest of the building footprint beneath the slab of both lots; and collect “endpoint” samples after the initial excavation to evaluate the effectiveness of the cleanup.

If the DEC determines after the initial phase that further action is needed, crews will install a composite cover system consisting of a concrete building slab and/or two feet of soil meeting the soil cleanup objectives; a Site Management Plan for long-term maintenance of the engineering controls; and an Environmental Easement filed against the site to ensure the implementation of the Site Management Plan and allowing the use and development of the controlled property for restricted-residential use.

When the NYSDEC is satisfied with the cleanup process, they will approve a Final Engineering Report and issue a Certificate of Completion. After receiving the Certificate of Completion, 1614 Madison Partners LLC and Essex Capital Partners will be allowed to redevelop the site as they see fit. They would also have no liability to the state for contamination at the site, subject to certain condition, as well as be eligible for tax credits to offset the costs of the cleanup process and redevelopment of the site.

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City Council OKs Hallets Point development


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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The development that would bring thousands of residential apartments, retail space and parkland to the Astoria waterfront at Hallets Point has gotten the final thumbs up.

The City Council voted on Wednesday, October 9 to approve the plan presented by Lincoln Equities Group, the company behind the estimated $1 billion complex called the Hallets Point project.

According to Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., the City Council came to an agreement with developers to cut the “community supportive project” down to half its original size.

The new deal also includes $500,000 in city funded research to see the feasibility, engineering and design of a proposed ferry service in order to take the large number of incoming residents to and from the peninsula of Hallets Point.

“It’s going to bring development to an area that sorely needs it,” said Vallone.

The development group initially announced in 2012 it would build the seven multifamily residential towers made up of 2,200 units on the waterfront presently home to the NYCHA Astoria Houses.

Twenty percent of the apartments are expected to be affordable housing. The complex will also include retail space featuring an affordable supermarket, a bank, drugstores and restaurants.

Along with the building, the plan is expected to include a 100,000-square-foot public park, outfitted with pedestrian walkways and bike paths winding along the waterfront, giving the community better sight lines of the waterfront. The project will also create a spot for a K-8 public school.

In May, Community Board 1 voted unanimously to approve the plan. The City Planning Commission unanimously approved the plan in August and in July Borough President Helen Marshall approved the plan as well.

Construction is expected to begin in late 2014 or early 2015.

 

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