16 thoughts on “Eye on the Street”

    1. If it’s anything like Atlantic Station, they’ll just lay down a membrane over the dirt and build on top. I imagine the structures themselves aren’t contaminated- just parts of the soil.

    2. Buildings are being recycled, which helps with the financing since there is a lot of metal on that site.

  1. Are you sure about Atlantic Station? I remember they spent years under the watchful eyes of the EPA cleaning up any hazardous soil, metal, etc. before they were given the go-ahead to build. They may have laid down a membrane as you say, but I think it was after substantial clean up.

    1. Atlantic Station was massive. They removed — I recall something like — 18′ of topsoil and trucked in replacement dirt. As you mention, it was loaded with hazardous metals and ended up, again as I recall, a Superfund site. The EPA managed the bejeeeze out of it.

  2. They should leave the building exactly as it’s shown in the picture above, then simply tell everyone it’s a Frank Gehry.

  3. ‘Special landfill’ sounds like the farm that dogs go to…

    I really want to know. Where does it get dumped? How is the contamination contained?

    1. Wastes may be treated to destroy the contamination or may be disposed of in an engineered landfill (with liners, caps, and systems to manage explosive gases and contaminated groundwater), or, if the wastes are not hazardous, they may be placed in a demolition and debris landfill (with dust controls) or a sanitary landfill. You can read more about disposal of wastes here: http://www.epa.gov/osw/homeland/options.htm

  4. – More than 6,600 truckloads of petroleum-impacted soils were excavated and removed from the site.

    – 12,699 tons of lead contaminated soil were excavated, treated and removed from the site.

    – For contamination left behind in soil, a 2-foot soil barrier was installed to prevent future residential contact with contaminated soil. The presence of contamination remaining on the Atlantic Steel site is not a public health concern if there is no contact with contaminated soil.

    – Contaminated groundwater from the site is intercepted on the eastern end on the site and is treated prior to discharge to the Atlanta sewer system.

    – To ensure that the 2-foot soil layer remains in place, a conservation easement was established. The conservation easement is a land-use control that transfers limited ownership interest in the property to the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia. The conservation easement for Atlantic Station requires the current and future owners of the site to ensure that the barriers (including the 2-foot soil barrier) are maintained in their
    current condition.

    You can read more at this web address if you are interested:

  5. If you had an old Mustang, it was made in the Ford plant in Milpitas, CA.
    Since the ground was so contaminated, they just made a Mall out of the old Ford plant after it closed.
    I believe it is called “The Milpitas Great Mall” Pretty good reuse.

    Not sure of the need for a mall here, but repurposing the building is the best form of recycling.

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