From the Queens Gazette:
State environmental officials have classified land beneath, and west of, the former Standard Motor Products building on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City a Hazardous Waste Site.
The state has added the site as a Class 2 Inactive Hazardous Waste Site as part of its list of Superfund sites, meaning the level of toxicity at the location “represents a significant threat to public safety or the environment”, officials at the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said.
DEC officials said the agency will oversee a three-month project to decontaminate an open area located at the west side of the building at 37-18 Northern Blvd., adjacent to the Sunnyside Rail Yards in Long Island City.
According to DEC officials, Standard Motor Products is responsible for the cleanup that will cost the firm $416,000 in construction fees with an annual cost of $289,000 for five years.
The six-story building, owned by Acumen Capital Partners, is currently occupied by a number of commercial interests, including several production companies that utilize newly created soundstages. In addition, the owners several years ago leased the rooftop of the building to Brooklyn Grange – a commercial urban farm that grows a variety of produce and farm fresh products.