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Excavation of toxic Trump Village soil begins next month

Vent tent: A temporary structure with an air-cleaning system — just like this one in Williamsburg — will protect Brighton Beachers while Natnal Grid cleans the toxic land beneath Trump Village Shopping Center.
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Now the real clean up can begin.

The controversial work to remove contaminated soil in preparation for construction at the site of the old Trump Village Shopping Center in Coney Island is set to begin in September.

Last month utility company National Grid completed preliminary remediation work at the site — which is set to become home to a new residential tower — and the state’s environmental conservation agency has signed off for a full-on remediation plan involving digging up and carting away contaminated soil.

“The underground injection program has been completed and what remains is to excavate the zones of concentrated contaminat­ion,” said a spokeswoman from the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

National Grid, which is in charge of cleaning the site that used to be home to a gas plant in the early 1900s, will do the digging inside a large tent to limit the release of potentially harmful chemicals into the neighborhood’s air.

“This excavation work will be conducted under a temporary building in order to control odors,” the spokeswoman said.

Neither National Grid nor the state have been forthcoming enough with the community about the progress of the work since a public meeting in June, said the co-op president of Trump Village.

“I wish they would disseminate this information to shareholde­rs,” said Igor Oberman. “I haven’t received notification to share with the complex and I don’t know what they’re doing.”

Oberman said he is not confident that the utility company has the best interests of the residents at heart, pointing to last-minute changes to the work plan they had assured him would not happen.

“They tell us not to worry, however their statements and actions don’t match,” he said. “They previously they told me not to worry and it’s going to to hazardous chemicals uncovered during construction.

After several meetings with residents, initial work to limit the chances of escaping contaminants was completed in June, which is also when the plan for the full remediation was approved by the state, according to the spokeswoman.

Work on the full remediation is planned to start in early September around Labor Day, and could take about four months to finish, said a spokeswoman for National Grid.

Updated 1:06 pm, July 31, 2017
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Gary says:
None of the local politicians in this area deserve re-election. This is an election year for city candidates. Time for change. And I also won't forget when the State Senate and Assembly is up for re-election. Two people won't be getting my vote. None of the above fought against this disgrace that is going on. I don't want to hear there was nothing that could be done. As a matter of fact, who says that limiting the proposed eyesore condo to a certain height can't be accomplished? I never heard of a 40 story building anywhere in Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, Midwood etc. This community deserves better.
July 24, 2017, 11:25 am
Ronaldo from Gravesend says:
Gary is right. Treyger has to go. Harris has to go. Neither did a thing to stop this.
July 24, 2017, 1:09 pm
Kate Cucco from 70 point plan says:
Katya Cucco wanted a 70 story tower in honor of her 70 point plan
July 24, 2017, 2:34 pm
Gary says:
Ronaldo, Don't forget Chaim Deutch and state senator Savino.
July 24, 2017, 5:06 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Okay guys you all know you're getting a screwing from the politicians that are suppose to represent you, so what are you going to do about it. Stay home on election day? Listen to their campaign promises when they run for election again and forget about the past?
These guys ignore their constituents because voters have the memory of a gnat and keep reelecting them because their the only familiar name on the ballot. They get back in office and do the same thing over and over again because the only thing these people are loyal to is money and influential people that could help them in the future.
Never, never reelect career politicians!
There the ones who are responsible for the continual lowering of our quality of life.
July 24, 2017, 8:28 pm
Margo T from Coney Island says:
A seventy point plan is better than no plan at all
We need new leadership
July 25, 2017, 8:33 am
Ronaldo from Gravesend says:
Gary, you are right. Savino needs to go! Deutch, unlike Treyger, worked very hard on opposing this building so I think he is ok. Don't forget that the same developers who helped elect Treyger opposed Deutch. Treyger is owned by real estate but Deutch is not.
July 25, 2017, 10:11 am
Da from Truth says:
Ronolda, Deutsch literally is owned by real estate. He makes 6 figures from property management. He has the highest outside income of all 51 councilmembers and it's all from real estate! If he wanted to fight this, he'd have downzoned. He made lip service, and then went home to count his money from the developers.
July 25, 2017, 7:46 pm
Alex from Brighton Beach says:
Da from Truth, you probably have no idea how much time downzoning takes. It is not an over night deal. Talking about money from developers, you better check your facts. Deutsch is the one who advocates for people, but you do not need truth and facts, da?
July 25, 2017, 8:31 pm
Gary says:
We need an Al D'amato style politician in our area. Fighters for their constituents.
July 25, 2017, 9:44 pm
Da from Truth says:
Alex from Brighton Beach: It could take as much as 4 years, which is about time Chaim Deutsch has wasted. Advocates for which people? The landlords to whom he is beholden?
July 26, 2017, 8:24 pm
Dave Thompson from Coney says:
I'm totally in favor of redevelopment. That neighborhood looks like an absolute slum. It's about time there are new buildings and new stores. Old fogeys cannot stop we young people from moving in.
July 27, 2017, 6:16 am
JImmy says:
A 40 story building doesn't belong on West 6th street. There are plenty of empty lots deeper into Coney island. The area in west 6th street is already saturated.
July 27, 2017, 12:01 pm

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