Watertown city government will use a combination of federal and local money to finish cleaning up the old Ogilvie Foods site off North Pleasant Street.
City officials say they'll use a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and $400,000 the city has set aside to finish removing old fuel tanks, railroad ties and cement slabs.
However, the extent of contamination at the site is still not fully understood.
"It's like a building renovation," said city planner Ken Mix.
"When you get into a building renovations or environmental clean ups, you never really know what you're gonna find once you start digging."
After the clean up, housing may be built on the long vacant land. However, there is substantial disagreement about how much housing would be practical for the site. The Watertown Times reported on March 15 on various proposals, ranging from nine lots for houses to 19 lots, and some question about whether any development at all should take place.
Thursday, May 5, 2016, Watertown, NY
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