Founded in 1921, the Penn Yan Boat Company produced powerboats, sailboats, canoes and rowboats until 2001 at its 14 acre site on Keuka Lake. The manufacturing process left the site impacted by heavy metals, polychlorinated byphenyls, semi-volatile organic compounds and volatile organic compounds. This prime property with over 1,000-feet of lake frontage has been abandoned since 2001 and was acquired by Yates County in 1998 via tax foreclosure. Redevelopment has been highly complicated by the presence of costly environmental impacts at the site, making an otherwise ideal property a liability for the community.
Following the completion of various site investigations, the NYSDEC executed a Record of Decision, which means a strategy to clean-up the site was chosen and approved by New York State. LaBella assisted Yates County with entering the site into the NYSDEC’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. The Brownfield Cleanup Program provides a both a path for cleanup and redevelopment as well as tax credits to incentivize redevelopment at an otherwise unfavorable property. A developer was selected in 2013 and in 2014 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation approved LaBella’s Remedial Action Work Plan which called for the excavation and removal of soil contamination. We also proposed a Self Implementing Plan to clean up soils heavily contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls which was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Both plans will be implemented in Spring of 2015, with redevelopment as townhomes and a marina planned to begin in late 2015.
LaBella’s role will include coordination of the NYSDEC, Yates County and the developer as well as management of the engineering portion of the cleanup (including asbestos abatement project monitoring) and the construction portion of the cleanup. Our construction group, LaBella Environmental, LLC, was awarded the construction portion of the remediation in 2015 by the developer. The dual approach to the project by the LaBella family allows for a streamlined and cost effective remediation. Through the joint work of Yates County, the developer, the NYSDEC and LaBella, an otherwise blight on the Penn Yan and Keuka Lake community will be redeveloped for residential use.