The Beatrice Morrow: Environmental Safety
The health and safety of future residents and the larger community are very important to PCRI and the entire development team for The Beatrice Morrow. Significant environmental cleanup has been performed, but we intend to verify that previous testing and cleanup was sufficiently thorough. To help ensure the former Grant Warehouse site does not pose health risks to future residents or neighbors, the PCRI-Gerding Edlen development team has hired GeoDesign, a third-party consultant to complete independent environmental inspections.
At our March 14, 2016 community forum, GeoDesign shared a history of the site, a description of what has been completed so far and what measures our development team will take to ensure the health and safety for future residents. Below is a summary of that presentation.
Site History and Clean Up Completed
Previous uses of the Grant Warehouse site included auto repair, a tire shop, a sausage factory, a service station and precious metals reclamation. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency performed a time-critical removal action (or cleanup) in 1998 and 1999 related to the precious metals reclamation business. At this time, EPA contractors removed hazardous waste and contaminated soils and replaced (or “capped”) the contaminated soil with clean fill. All asbestos and lead-based paint was removed from the Grant Warehouse structure, three underground storage tanks and some associated contaminated soil were removed from the area of the site along NE Ivy Street. DEQ monitored the cleanup process and performed testing once complete, concluding that all above-grade materials of concern had been removed from the property and that all known areas of contamination had been remediated to either non-detect levels or to levels less than residential remediation goals. DEQ issued a “No Further Action” Determination for the Grant Warehouse site on July 20, 2006.
The site bordering NE Cook street is adjacent to the former Grant Warehouse and is also part of the proposed new development. Previous uses of that site included a dry cleaners (until 1935), a vehicle repair shop, a Standard Oil service station and a battery manufacturing facility. The battery manufacturing building was demolished in 2006 and contaminated soil beneath the building was removed capped with clean fill. Four underground storage tanks associated with the service station were removed. No contaminated soil associated with the service station was found. DEQ issued a “No Further Action” determination for this property on August 1, 2007. No investigation or cleanup at the former location of the dry cleaners was conducted, however.
Future Measures to be Completed
Shallow soil on the site has not been sampled for heavy metals (including lead) in a thorough manner. We will collect shallow soil samples from across the site and analyze them for heavy metals including lead so we can determine what, if any, additional cleanup is necessary. In addition, additional information from a geophysical survey is needed to verify if additional underground storage tanks or drums exist.
Soil vapors which could pose a risk to future residents have not been evaluated on the site. These tests were not required at the time of the original clean up, but PCRI and our development team will perform a soil vapor survey across the site to determine what, if any, cleanup or other mitigation is necessary. We will emphasize the former dry cleaner area, the former Standard Oil service station area and the Grant Warehouse area, including where it previously operated as a service station.
In addition to the testing identified above and any necessary remediation the testing reveals, The Beatrice Morrow development team will prepare a soil management plan to guide the earthwork contractor in the proper handling and disposal of impacted soil that may be encountered during construction. This plan will also detail monitoring that will take place during construction to ensure compliance and safety.
To reiterate, the health and safety of the community and future tenants of the residential, commercial and community spaces of the completed development are very important to PCRI and the entire development team for The Beatrice Morrow. We are hopeful that the cleanup work performed so far has been complete and thorough, but we are also committed to ensure the site and our proposed development are safe and healthy for current and future generations.