Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Brownfield Update

Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton issued the following statement this morning about Hudson's most often mentioned brownfield: the old Foster's Refrigeration site at North Second and Dock streets.
On Monday, December 11, the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) will begin excavation work at the former Foster's Refrigeration site on Mill Street. They will excavate the contaminated soil, dispose of it offsite, and backfill this month. Capping and restoration will begin in spring 2018. Once that process is complete, the DEC will continue to monitor to ensure that there are no ongoing environmental issues.

Back in 2012, then mayor William Hallenbeck identified this site as the location for a dog park. Today, even with remediation, it is considered too contaminated for a dog park and will most likely be used as a parking area for the proposed trail through the former landfill at the end of North Second Street, connecting North Bay with the Greenport Conservation Area and beyond, and for the proposed North Bay Recreation and Natural Area


  1. As I understand, the state will be ignoring those areas of the marsh on the northeast side of the Foster's site which tested positive for lead in surface waters in 2006.

    Because there's been no further research since 2006 on how wide the contamination plume is, or what the source of the lead might be, it's an aspect of the Foster's problem which someone upstairs has evaluated on scant information.

    Any plans for dealing with lead at the site can be got at pretty quickly if we ask whether or not the state intends to test for it for a second time. When the answer comes back "no," then we'll get to ask more questions.

    On the other hand, if the state wishes to excavate those areas of the marsh which are already known to be contaminated with the slow-moving element - all of which are also infested with reeds (Phragmites) - then we should get ready to thank state government for taking care of two of our problems at once. Don't hold your breath though.

  2. 2. Fosters Refrigeration Site -- Represents the parcels with the single most serious known contamination within the community. The Record of Decision places extremely strict redevelopment limitations on the parcel, thus rendering the parcel especially unusable for productive economic reuse. Presently, the remaining building on the parcel is partially demolished and the debris is considered to contain friable asbestos. The 0.5 acre lot is owned by the City of Hudson and, given its strategic location, the site represents an opportunity to create a parking area and entrance into the North Bay conservation area.;/content/Documents/File/1135.pdf

    1. Sorry, I gave the wrong link

  3. For the life of me I just can't understand why anyone wants to use the brownfield area(s) and the landfill for recreational use.
    And that may include the Northbay Shacks too.