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Geneva Foundry remediation done, neighborhood work ongoing

The remediation of lead, arsenic and other contaminants at the former Geneva Foundry property on Jackson Street has been completed, City Council was told Wednesday.

The property has been restored and the city is maintaining the grass and trees, according to City Manager Sage Gerling. The city undertook the remediation of the site as part of an agreement with the state while the state DEC and Department of Health are handling the remediation of properties in the neighborhoods surrounding the Foundry site.

Gerling said remedial design plans have been completed for the block of properties along the south side of Middle Street, east of Wadsworth Street. Large trees were removed at the end of July and excavation of old lawns to a depth of two inches will begin in mid-August.

“Meetings were held with property owners on this block during the winter and spring to receive their input and approval,” Gerling said.

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