In a report to be presented to Evanston’s Plan Commission tonight, developers of the planned 831 Emerson St. high-rise will outline environmental problems discovered at the site and their plans for a cleanup.
A report, prepared for developer CA/Focus Evanston JV, LLC by Apex Companies, LLC, says the existing dry cleaners building on the property contains two abandoned underground storage tanks for heating oil and mineral spirits and that there is evidence of some spillage of dry cleaning chemicals, particularly near where other underground storage tanks had been removed from the north side of the buiding in 1999.
The report says some soil from the site will need to be removed as part of the redevelopment process and some of it will require special disposal treatment as “non-hazardous special waste.”
Apex says in the report that in its opinion “with a construction worker notification for the site and with the continuing prohibition of ground water use in accordance with the City of Evanston’s groundwater ordinance, the site can be used for residential, commercial or industrial development.”
In addition, the report identifies a variety of asbestos-containing materials at the site, ranging from floor tile to window caulk and pipe wrap insulation. It says those would need to be removed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor.
The full 177 page report is available online.
The Plan Commission meeting to review the proposed 14-story planned development project is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.