State Says Watertown's Old Ogilvie Site Is Clean

State Says Watertown's Old Ogilvie Site Is Clean

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A vacant Watertown lot, once contaminated with petroleum, is now clean in the eyes of the state.

This could clear the way for redevelopment of the land, which was once the site of the Ogilvie Foods Company.

The city remediated the property at 148 North Pleasant Street under New York State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program.

During the cleanup, 800 tons of soil were removed. Clean fill was brought in to replace the excavated soil.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation now says it thinks no further cleanup is needed, but is accepting feedback from the public.

The DEC is accepting written comments on its plan to take no further action. The deadline to comment is March 26.

The city plans to re-zone street side portions of the site for single-family residential use and the rest of the land for green space.

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