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TEAR DOWN: Former AlTech Steel

Lucas Avenue plant expected to be gone by year’s end

February 9, 2014

It seems like it was always there looming in the background....

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Aug-08-16 11:07 AM

What a shame, the old drawing facility. Taken out of business by the Reagan administration opening up the USA to cheap labor S. Korean imported steel which put many in Dunkirk/Fredonia from middle class to lower economic class. And now make the taxpayers pay! WHo took the money when the jobs left here? WHo made those decisions? MAke THEM pay!

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Feb-10-14 8:08 AM

Did I read this right, now that they've spent years figuring out what to do with the site now they want $300,000 to spend more time discussing the very same topic?

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Feb-09-14 10:42 PM

It sounds as if the plan is to remove the building materials, and leave the slab in place. True remediation is not really on the table... more of an engineering control to prevent health concerns and accidental exposures. I believe the chlorinated solvents extend underneath the high school property... a soil vapor study was completed and it appears that Crooked Brook is suspected of receiving contamination. If anyone cares, the investigations are supposed to be made available through the Dunkirk Free Library.

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Feb-09-14 9:56 PM


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Feb-09-14 9:46 PM

Sounds as if this is a good chance to get rid of an eye sore. Let's hope the historical preservation society doesn't set up camp and declare it a national treasure.

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Feb-09-14 8:18 PM

There's no tunnel on Plover St under the tracks.

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Feb-09-14 8:16 PM

Nothing should be developed or grown on this site until a full remediation is done. Yes tear down the building but this site is extremely hazardous. Its amazing that the school and residential homes are so close to it.

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Feb-09-14 6:12 PM

Two thoughts. Why would the City of Dunkirk even consider residential building in this area. Who is going to live there?? Please no more govt. subsidized housing projects. I lived in that area as a kid and it was a good, healthy neighborhood. There has to be a co. somewhere out there tht would be willing to take a gamble on Dunkirk, once more... When did they build a tunnel from Plover St. under the tracks. I remember the Robin St. tunnel, why in the h ell did they need one on Plover st.???

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Feb-09-14 5:21 PM

Clean up the site right or dont bother. Why clean it half way and in the future find out it all has to be cleaned up anyway. The place is loaded with PCBs. Cleaning it half way is a waste on money and future of the site. Once cleaned it can be used anyway we need it. Not cleaned , it has limited use.

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Feb-09-14 3:03 PM

@joew you are a should apply to write for the'd fit in with your short sightedness and narrowmind. First off, STUDENTS in the Buffalo Public Schools started a horticulture program. They partnered with Lowes and Home Depot and built 5 greenhouses in area schools. The students in the program run and manage the crops grown the crops are used in school and sold to local markets. The students learn skills they learn how to manage. They have now taken over 22 vacant lots in the city of Buffalo and planted community gardens and beutified otherwise horrendous neighborhoods. The students plan and market their own ideas. Fo"r the first time ever last year, the program netter 40

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Feb-09-14 12:11 PM

looks like a lot of money

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Feb-09-14 12:11 PM

Only Delunatic could come with a idea to increase the school tax. Wait I digress,they could grow that mind altering garbage they just legalized in Colorado and then tax it right Judeye? We need more brain dead people before the next election right?

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Feb-09-14 11:52 AM

I feel a city garden coming soon. This seems to be the in vogue idea in cities across the country now.

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Feb-09-14 10:08 AM

Why not tear it down at state expense and offer the site to Universal Stainess for free along with 10 years of tax free status if they will re-develop the site and create jobs for local residents. Tearing down the eyesore is long overdue. Don't expect to see a new company locating there in our lifetime. The property will likely bear the same future as the former Marsh Valve site on Brigham Road. Excessive taxation gives our area a bad reputation for being unfriendly to business but the availability of rail service to the site could be a plus.

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Feb-09-14 9:52 AM

Ok, what then? More vacant lots?

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Feb-09-14 9:28 AM

I must say Dolce must stay up late thing of ways to spend money. You got houses falling down, houses that need painting, windows and the best he can do is get the Plover st. underpass fixed. Who has responsibility for the underpass. The RR must repair bad crossings why then wouldn't the RR upgrade the underpass?

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Feb-09-14 8:52 AM

DHS is almost empty and so few reach graduation with a real education. Most can only find low paying jobs. The union keeps turning out students that have been dumbed down so they can graduate. Sure clean up the area an d tear down the buildings and why you are at it TEAR down all the slum homes too

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Feb-09-14 8:19 AM

Glad this eyesore will gone. But it was a horrible decision not to do a full remeditation. The city should look into expanding the city barns (whose horrible ideal was it to dump dirt over the him) and turn the rest of the property over to DHS...maybe they can start a horticulture program and build greenhouses on the property.

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Feb-09-14 8:02 AM

Here's hoping this doesn't become another low(no)- income housing area

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Feb-09-14 6:55 AM

Sounds like they're already scheming to misappropriate remediation funds by considering using some of these funds to fix the tunnel bridge.

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