MFA Assists Yakima in Addressing Decade-Old Brownfield

Author: Carly Schaefer Published: March 25, 2015

IMG_1550Under the partnership of the City of Yakima and the Washington State Department of Ecology, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. is cleaning up a long-term community eyesore. The former Tiger Oil retail gasoline station located at the corner of Nob Hill Boulevard and 24th Avenue has been shuttered since 2004, when the prior owner abandoned the property because of the liability associated with contamination. As the Pacific Northwest leader in brownfield cleanup, MFA was hired by the city to complete design, permitting, and oversight of a remedial action that will position the long-vacant site for redevelopment.

Despite its location at a prime commercial corner of the intersection of two busy arterials, uncertainty associated with the known soil and groundwater contamination prevented redevelopment of the property. Therefore, the city took the lead in addressing the issue by purchasing the property in 2014 and partnering with Ecology to fund cleanup through the state Model Toxics Control Act. Abatement of asbestos, followed by demolition of the former convenience store, was recently completed (this link provides a short video associated with the demolition)  and excavation of contaminated soil with groundwater treatment is now under way. Based on the anticipated schedule, the remedial action should be completed in time to place the property back on the market this summer.IMG_1624