Environmental tests, concept designs unveiled for 1-7 State St. lot

Preliminary soil and ground water tests for the future community park space at 1-7 State St. — the site of the former Kalet building — came back “non-detect” for contamination, Ted Liddell, a landscape architect with Bergmann Associates, said during a public meeting Monday night at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Given the site’s history of lawsuits based the environmental testing, Liddell said the company’s environmental scientists looked at the previous testing results and expanded their testing “just to cover all of the bases.”

The land was tested in five different areas for contaminates, such as petroleum, volatile organic compounds, pesticides and PCBs. Two samples were taken from each spot and compared for the most accurate results. Liddell said there was a discrepancy with one of the ground water samples, so that one will be retested to ensure no pollutants are present.

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