April 19, 2017
New York City officials announced their success in creating new land for development — by cleaning up toxic land.
“We are cleaning up vacant lots and revitalizing neighborhoods across the city, and hitting our goals a year-and-a-half ahead of schedule,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Since 2014, redevelopment to tough standards set by New York State has cleared toxins from 138 acres at 500 City-owned sites, ranging from lead and asbestos to more hazardous chemicals, including the removal of 300 often-leaking underground storage tanks and tons of poisons.
The remediated land has been redeveloped with over 27 million square feet of new building space.
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