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New housing, commercial space could replace Johnson City eyesore

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SOURCE: Department of Environmental Conservation

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- The applicant for a Brownfield site in Johnson City has plans to turn it into 170 new apartments, commercial space and parking, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

It was announced earlier this week, the DEC will investigate contaminants at the EJ Victory Building site on Lester Avenue that are potentially harmful to human health and the environment.

The organization says the investigation for the site will look at the contamination in soil, surface water, groundwater and any other parts of the environment that may be affected.

Those who live and work nearby tell 12 News the building has been an eyesore for decades, and they're hoping to see change.

"Everytime the wind blows siding blows off and lays in the street," said Dennis Mitchell, who's worked on nearby Laurel Street for 40 years.

The DEC said its next steps are considering public comment, revising the investigation work plan if needed and then approving the plan. For Mitchell's business, he hopes that can happen soon.

"We own rental property all around here and people look at that building and theyre like why would we want to live next to that decaying dinosaur," said Mitchell.

The DEC will complete the remedial investigation work plan, while the building applicant would perform the site contamination cleanup and redevelopment work.

The DEC is accepting written public comment in regards to it's remedial investigation work plan from Nov. 18 through Dec. 17. If you have questions or want to submit a public comment, contact:

Anthony Bollasina, Project Manager
NYSDEC
625 Broadway 12th Floor
Albany, NY 12233
(518) 402-2754
Anthony.Bollasina@dec.ny.gov

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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