Buffalo Color Site Redevelopment

South Buffalo Development LLC (SBD), working under the oversight of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), has completed the remediation of the former Buffalo Color site in South Buffalo. SBD is an affiliate of Ontario Specialty Contracting, which has extensive experience with similar projects, particularly in the Buffalo area. The Western Railway Historical Society and the Steel Plant Museum have a new Heritage DiscoveRY Center at 100 Lee Street.

SBD volunteered in the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program. The program provides incentives to clean up and redevelop Brownfields. Brownfields are former industrial properties that require environmental cleanup but are appropriate for redevelopment. DEC has determined that the requirements have been met and has provided SBD with a New York State Brownfield Certificate of Completion for a majority of the site.

The Heritage DiscoveRY Center's railway and steel plant museums are currently open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

The cleanup was done under an agreement between SBD and Honeywell. Honeywell's Buffalo Research Laboratory has been located on Peabody Street for more than 50 years. Allied Chemical formerly owned the Buffalo Color site and sold it to Buffalo Color in 1977. Honeywell is Allied Chemical's successor. In 2005, under DEC oversight, Honeywell voluntarily removed more than 1.5 million pounds of chemicals abandoned by Buffalo Color, and in the early 1990s Allied completed the remediation of a 19-acre area known as the "Peninsula." SBD and Honeywell worked with DEC to finalize the cleanup for the remaining 55 acres.

This project is a powerful example of how former industrial sites can be returned to productive use with the cooperation of government, environmental agencies, local developers, the community and corporate partners.


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