City lays out plans for former steel site

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The city of Lackawanna is looking to create commercial subdivisions on the former Bethlehem Steel site, much of which is toxic and will require remediation.

But before shovels hit the earth, the city’s first step will be to create ordinances to facilitate that development.

In the coming weeks, those plans will released and lay out plans for light manufacturing and commercial development on the former steel site, according to Lackawanna’s Director of Development Fred Heinle.

The city received nearly $950,000 for Brownfiend redevelopment at the former Bethlehem Steel site along Route 5, and a few parcels along nearby Ridge Road.

Heinle said rather than take an all-or-nothing approach to the cleanup at the former steel site, the city will clean up each portion of the commercial subdivision as it’s needed. That way, he said, the city gets the most bang from the state’s buck.

“Right now, instead of trying to do a massive cleanup, let’s start incrementally redefining and rebuilding,” he said. “It’s an asset that, for too long has been underutilized and could really be the foundation for the rebirth of Lackawanna.”

The city will be hosting a meeting on their latest plans for brownfield redevelopment later this month. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Feb. 24, at the Willie Cotton Center, 52 Gates Ave. In addition to the many residents expected, members of the DEC will be on hand to answer questions.

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