Lackawanna updated on Brownfield cleanup

Posted at 11:51 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 08:22:03-05

Wednesday night, those living in the city of Lackawanna were updated on a state funded project designed to revitalize the now desolate area were Bethlehem steel once stood.

The meeting was the first in a series of informational gatherings addressing future development of the city’s first ward - specifically the areas near Ridge road, Route five and the waterfront.

The first portion of the informational broke down the process the state DEC is using to select, clean and develop underutilized, vacant or brownfield sites.

 Developers including project manager C&S Companies explained what the future of the waterfront could include and the 18 month process it will take to

The second portion of the meeting focused on the history and current cleanup efforts surrounding the Tecumseh redevelopment site – formerly Bethlehem steel. The impact of cleanup efforts including Smokes Creek dredging and the benzol yard remediation were explained.

For stakeholders in Lackawanna tonight’s explanation of what’s to come in their community has been a long time coming.

“We know are trying to turn our attention to the water front and redevelop the waterfront,” Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski told 7 Eyewitness News.

 “We’ve had a lot of great cooperation with the Governor and the County to get this project moving and it’s going to be a very positive impact not just for the city of Lackawanna.”