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Gas plant clean-up project to restart in Penn Yan

Environmental clean-up activity at the former NYSEG manufactured gas plant on Water Street is expected to begin again in August, according to Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar and a NYSEG spokesperson.

The conclusion of that clean-up project will eventually clear the way for the village to construct a pedestrian bridge replacing the former railroad trestle which was removed so contaminated sediment could be removed from an area of the Keuka Outlet near the Main Street bridge.

The project has included excavation and disposal of soil contaminated by coal tar from the ground and contaminated sediment removed from the Keuka Outlet.

The work began in late 2015, and was slated to be completed in May, when decisions about the future of the iconic stone building would be made. Originally expected to cost about $8 million, the project had already cost $10 million by last summer.

Work that will be done includes structural work to the building’s foundation, and ground remediation, according to Kevin Ortiz, spokesperson for Avangrid, which owns NYSEG.

The clean up action at the site was paused last summer when the 1899 stone building settled excessively during excavation of soil beneath it.

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