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Former Diamond International Paper Mill Site

757 Main St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669

     The Diamond Mill site was historically utilized for various operations which included a ship yard, log yard and paper mill. The predominant use of the site from 1925 to 1987 was a paper mill. The past paper mill operations have most likely contributed to the conditions and contamination which was encountered during the site investigation. The owners/operators of the site included a number of paper and pulp companies from 1925 to 1987. The site ultimately was acquired by the City of Ogdensburg in 1992. The Site underwent several expansions and upgrades throughout this time period. The pulp and paper production operations ceased in 1987. From 1987 to the early 1990's, the site activities consisted of salvage operations to remove recyclable materials from the buildings. The salvage efforts ceased when asbestos was discovered in the early 1990's.

     The primary environmental concerns associated with the Site include: hazardous and non-hazardous industrial sludges and residuals in the former wastewater lagoon; abandoned wastewater treatment clarifiers; Semi Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOC), dioxin, and heavy metal contaminated soil at various locations across the Site; residual contaminants and structures associated with Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) and paper mill processing tanks; and buried building demolition debris.

     Grant funds provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Environmental Restoration Fund were used to perform remedial activities. Site remediation was completed in 2009, which allows to City to pass on liability protection to future developers. Site stabilization activities were undertaken in 2010 and the City is working with the DEC to put the final site management plans and easements in place.

     Planning funds are available to development partners for pre-development activities including site plan, design, and market studies/pro forma analysis. The site is adjacent to the Former Standard Shade Roller Site, which is available for development in conjunction with this site.

17 acres
Asking Price or Appraised Value
Ownership Status
City owns three of five associated parcels; other parcels are under private ownership
Existing Zoning & Property Land Use
Property is currently zoned for Residential/Business Mixed Use, but City will rezone to suit dense mixed-use/urban development; Parcels are currently vacant.
Surrounding Land Uses
Waterfront (St. Lawrence River) to north; residential neighborhood to east and south; suspected and confirmed brownfield parcels to east and south
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Site Characterization Status
DEC and the NYS Department of Health have issued a No Further Action Cleanup for this site
Estimated Remaining Cleanup Costs
Closest Community/City
Ogdensburg, NY
Potential local, state, tribal and other incentives
$1,000,000 revolving loan fund available for brownfield development
Site Assembly
Available for assembly in conjunction with Former Standard Shade Roller Site and adjacent parcels.
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