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VCP Closure – Retail Property Garland

garlandsiteW&M assisted a real estate developer with the evaluation, remediation, and closure of a property located in Garland that had been historically contaminated.  The Site had been a shopping center with a separate service station located on the front side of the property.  Contamination at the Site was associated with maintenance operations at the former service station along with several off-Site properties including a dry cleaner.  The Site was entered into the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) to address the chemicals of concern (COC) and subsequently re-develop the property.

The property was completely razed to the ground and was being redeveloped for commercial retail businesses including a bank. The primary COCs were related to the former service station along with several off-Site sources.  The prompt remediation and closure from TCEQ were critical to the redevelopment process from the standpoint of the lender and the potential tenants who required that the environmental issues be properly addressed.

W&M conducted the sampling, prepared the VCP application, completed the remediation associated with a historical underground storage tank (UST) and grit trap, prepared all VCP documentation, and worked closely with the TCEQ case coordinator.  Yield tests indicated that the Site met the criteria of a Class 3 Groundwater (low yield) so that the resulting cleanup levels were increased by a factor of 100.  The Site applied to enter the TCEQ VCP in December 2012, was accepted in January 2013 and was approved for closure in January 2014, with the final Certificate of Completion issued shortly thereafter.  This property is currently being developed.  To find out more on this project please email Michael Whitehead.

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