Glenville site under consideration for cleanup

GLENVILLE — State officials are accepting comments on a proposal to clean up a brownfield at Mohawk Avenue and Maritime Drive in the hamlet of Alplaus.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is considering a proposal from Prime Mohawk LLC for the cleanup.

According to a document filed with the town of Glenville last month, the Cohoes firm has proposed a waterfront development district along the Mohawk River to include about 160 residential rental units, 31 single family lots, 37 townhouses, a clubhouse and pool, public playground, basketball and tennis courts, a gazebo area, boat showroom and boat storage.

How to comment

Ways to comment on Brownfield Cleanup Program applications include:

Submitted them to site Project Manager Josh Haugh at NYSDEC, 1130 North Westcott Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306-2014;

Via email at

Calling 518-357-2008.

All comments must be submitted by Sept. 15.

Uses of the 87.4 acre former industrial park “appear to have resulted in the site contamination, including PCBs, heavy metals (and) petroleum,” among other hazards, according to the DEC.

A DEC summary of the site notes it is in a residential area and bordered by vacant land, with the Delaware and Hudson Railway to the north and the Mohawk River to the south. As well as three roads, the site has buildings used for a marina and industrial buildings occupied by tenants. Much of the land is open grassed area used for boat storage. The undeveloped portions of the property consist of woods and wetlands.

The property is a former industrial park used by General Electric Co. and the U.S. Navy for research and development. Two large buildings along the Mohawk River were hangars.

“There was a pumphouse along the Mohawk and north of Maritime Drive there was a substation, oil drum shed, uranium ore beds, fuel tanks, a pond and fuel lines,” the description states. It goes on to say that the GE and U.S. Navy uses appear to have resulted in the site contamination.

The site includes or included a marina, boat sales/repair, automotive repair and painting services,  landscaping business, steel welding shop and a fire truck repair business. The possible sources of contamination identified include a presence of suspected leaking underground fuel storage tanks, the former location of two transformer storage pads and electrical substations and two former 5,000-gallon above-ground diesel tanks, according to the DEC summary.

There have been four spill incidents associated with the site since 1989.

The groundwater at the site is between 6 and 10 feet below the surface.

The DEC said environmental and health assessment information is still being studied.
Current owners are listed as Swett-Kivort Corp. and WK Alplaus, LLC of Waterford.

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