• LaBella Associates

Emerson Power Transmission Site


The Former Emerson Power Transmission Site in Ithaca New York, is a 94-acre parcel improved with 800,000 sq. ft. of buildings. The facility was utilized for over 100 years for heavy industrial purposes. Trichloroethene (TCE) was utilized by past owners, and investigations in 1987 revealed significant groundwater contamination in a complicated bedrock fracture network. The site is listed as a Class 2 New York State Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site and documented impacts are currently undergoing remediation.

LaBella was retained to evaluate this large and extremely complicated facility as part of a due diligence assessment for a real estate transaction. The purchaser is interested in redeveloping this vacant facility into a light industrial, commercial and residential neighborhood.

This ambitious development plan and significant potential for subsurface impacts warranted a large scale and detailed subsurface investigation which utilized: soil gas surveys, geophysical surveys, soil borings, test pitting, bedrock well installations and sediment, soil and groundwater sampling. LaBella also completed a preliminary sewer evaluation and evaluated building materials for hazardous materials (asbestos, lead paint, etc.).

LaBella completed this expansive investigation to identify baseline conditions for the purchaser and seller to negotiate the real estate transaction and allow for this vacant and defunct property to be rehabilitated. This project is on-going; LaBella continues testing work and supporting legal and regulatory agency discussions.