2006-10-06 / Community

KeySpan To Raze Structures On Toxic Site

By Brian Magoolaghan

This vacant, three-story building near Beach Channel Drive is slated for demolition. A storage shed (not shown) will also be torn down.
This vacant, three-story building near Beach Channel Drive is slated for demolition. A storage shed (not shown) will also be torn down.

KeySpan is moving ahead with its plans to demolish two structures on the toxic former manufactured gas plant site in Rockaway Park, according to a document obtained by The Wave.

The structures, a vacant three-story office building and a storage shed, are set to be razed sometime during the fourth quarter of 2006, which is underway, according to a letter from KeySpan to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Denis M. Sheehan.

"This project will involve the removal of all above ground facilities, but will not involve any subsurface excavation or removal of concrete foundations at this time," the letter says.

The KeySpan site, located between Beach 108 and 112 Streets and Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Freeway, was heavily contaminated during the years that it was used for gas production. It was labeled a toxic superfund site in 1988. The DEC is currently reviewing a remediation plan for the site, but company reps said at a meeting this summer that other steps - such as public meetings - would be required before work could begin.

KeySpan has established an information hotline specifically for site. "Keyspan is continuing to develop the remedial design and construction plan for undertaking the required remediation of the site. From time to time, you may see KeySpan and contractor personnel and equipment on the site conducting test and preparatory activities," a prerecorded female voice said Monday. Callers can leave a message with their questions, and a response is guaranteed within a business day. The hotline number is (718) 403-3400.

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