The City of Newburgh recently published a public notice from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They will be conducting the first five year review of the Consolidated Iron and Metal Superfund Site at the end of Washington Street on the waterfront. This 8 acre site served as a car and scrap metal junkyard between the 1950’s and 1999.
The purpose of five year review is to ensure that implemented remedies at Superfund sites function as intended and continue to be protective of human health and the environment. The clean up began in 2009 and was completed in 2010. A source says that a portion of the Consolidated Iron Site is to be reserved for parkland. The new zoning ordinance requires riverfront sites to reserve a certain percentage of the land for public access. A conceptual presentation was made by a developer for a combination of a history theme museum and aquarium that would engage both the Superfund site and the old city owned incinerator.
No plans have ever been confirmed as definite. However, the clean up and development of this land is important to the progress of the city. There are 7 brownfield sites that the City of Newburgh is focusing on. This one is the only one on the water.
Anyone else have any details about the proposed project?