Location: Philadelphia, PA
Summary: Brickhouse facilitated the recycling of an abandoned gasoline filling station into a mixed residential and retail development in the historic Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.
Brickhouse Environmental obtained an Act 2 Release of Cleanup Liability for a former gas station property in Philadelphia. Gasoline underground storage tanks (USTs) were closed in place in the 1970s, and the property was used by a limousine service for many years thereafter. For the past approximately 10 years, the property has sat vacant. Given the known historic use as a gasoline station, the property owner first contacted Brickhouse in 2012 to conduct a preliminary investigation prior to offering the property for sale. A thorough review of the Site history, installation of soil borings and temporary well points, and the collection of representative soil and groundwater samples indicated a localized area of groundwater impact in the vicinity of the closed gasoline USTs.
After helping to negotiate a real estate deal with a potential purchaser, Brickhouse Environmental was retained to carry the property through the Act 2 program. Remedial efforts included the installation of four groundwater monitoring wells, quarterly sampling of the wells for one year, aquifer conductivity testing, fate and transport analysis, receptor evaluation, and completion of a Final Act 2 Report under the Statewide Health Standard. The Final Act 2 Report was approved by PADEP in 2015, and the property is undergoing redevelopment as a mixed residential and retail project to add value back to the community.