- PHOTO BY JEREMY MOULE
- The former Vacuum Oil building in 2013.
Under the plan, the developer will demolish all buildings on the site, including the former Vacuum Oil refinery, which has been out of operation since 1935. It’ll also excavate contaminated soil and take it off-site for disposal and pump all water that accumulates in the excavated areas into storage tanks and, ultimately, treatment. The site has significant petroleum, petroleum-related chemical, heavy metal, PCB, and volatile organic compound pollution.
The site is part of the state’s brownfield program, which means the developer will be eligible for tax credits once the pollution cleanup is complete.