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Costly cleanup not required if parking lot isn’t developed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 19:03

Consultant told city that contamination isn’t an issue if site remains undisturbed

Port Washington aldermen who last week agreed to spend $18,000 for additional environmental testing on a city-owned lakefront parking lot slated for development said they had an obligation to do so since they know there are contaminants underground.

But the city could do nothing and leave the parking lot, which essentially contains any contamination, as is, City Administrator Mark Grams said.

“Technically, it’s capped right now,” he said.

For aldermen, who have made it clear they would like to see the lot developed, that wasn’t an option, he said.

The city is negotiating with developer Chris Long to sell the parking lot for the Blues Factory, a Paramount Records-themed entertainment venue.

The city hired Konicek Environmental Consulting to conduct phase one and two environmental tests of the parking lot last spring, given the property’s previous life as a manufacturing facility —in part as home to the Wisconsin Chair Co., the parent company of the Paramount Records.

In a May 11 report, Konicek notified the city that it found varying levels of substances in the soil under the parking lot, including arsenic, poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, lead and silver.

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