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Electrohome Factory
#31
(11-27-2018, 12:14 PM)panamaniac Wrote: Would the city be able to avoid cleaning up the site if it turned it into a public park?

If the site required environmental remediation, I doubt they could turn it into a park.

As zanate points out, there is a perhaps similar site near the UW Pharmacy building, at that site, it was explained to us that the contamination means it isn't safe for human occupation...the city hoped there might be some leeway in terms of building a trail and arguing that there would be nobody would stay there, but a park would be right out, because it's intended to stay in.
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#32
'Contaminated' in what way(s) exactly? They are building up condos up and around there (referring to behind Pharmacy building). People live and work close - same w/ the Electrohome factory, being that it is in a residential area. Is this too contaminated?
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(11-27-2018, 03:06 PM)tomh009 Wrote:
(11-27-2018, 02:46 PM)zanate Wrote: I heard some interesting things recently about a contaminated site behind the UW School of Pharmacy which is apparently owned by a company called PolyOne. Apparently, the owner would be entirely happy to have the property assumed by the city, but then the city would have a property that can't be used without remediation, and the city would lose the tax income from it.

Maybe the happiest outcome would be to use that for a parking structure for the transit hub. The city would need to expropriate a bit of land from the neighbouring property to make a driveway from Joseph St, but that should be doable.

The site would still have to be cleaned up for a parking garage though.  At the city's expense.
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(11-27-2018, 09:40 PM)Spokes Wrote:
(11-27-2018, 03:06 PM)tomh009 Wrote: Maybe the happiest outcome would be to use that for a parking structure for the transit hub. The city would need to expropriate a bit of land from the neighbouring property to make a driveway from Joseph St, but that should be doable.

The site would still have to be cleaned up for a parking garage though.  At the city's expense.

Yes. But the property is not very usable for anything else. And it would remove the need to use space on the transit hub property for parking.
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#35
True, there's not a lot of potential uses for that property, you're right.
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#36
(11-27-2018, 05:46 PM)Momo26 Wrote: 'Contaminated' in what way(s) exactly? They are building up condos up and around there (referring to behind Pharmacy building). People live and work close - same w/ the Electrohome factory, being that it is in a residential area. Is this too contaminated?

Here's a link to the environmental assessment:

https://sites.google.com/site/mhbpna/Hom...t-building

...apparently, there's a "toxic plume" underground as a result of chemicals being disposed of via dumping in an open pit in the floor (Volatile Organic Compounds (primarily TCE), petroleum petroleum hydrocarbons hydrocarbons (e.g. toluene, toluene, ethylbenzene ethylbenzene), Metals (selenium, sodium))

My bet is that nothing happens here until some level of government steps up and helps with remediation -- I live around the corner from the Mansion St lofts - at 6 stories they are a great fit with the neighbourhood - something similar here would be perfect!
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#37
I often forget about the Mansion St Lofts, but they're a great comparison and would be a great goal for this site
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