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EPA to Sell Cleaned Up Grand Street Mercury Site Property in Hoboken

Release Date: 08/29/2006
Contact Information: Ben Barry, (212) 637-3651 or

(New York, NY) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is selling the land that the government purchased to clean up a contaminated site on Grand Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. EPA anticipates that this sale will help recover a significant amount of the money spent to clean up the site.

“This is an excellent opportunity to redevelop a piece of land that was once so contaminated that we had to knock an entire building down,” said Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg. “We have successfully cleaned up this site and now we will help pay for the work with the sale of the land.”

The Grand Street Mercury property consists of a vacant parcel of 0.63 acres, located at 720-732 Grand Street and 727-733 Adams Street in Hoboken, less than one mile from the PATH station and ferries to New York. It will be offered to the general public for sale in a sealed bid process. The invitation for bids will be available on the General Services Administration’s web site at, which will also provide further information about the property and the sale process. Prospective bidders are urged to inspect the property and review EPA's files before submitting an offer because the property will be sold as is. Interested parties should contact the city to confirm zoning requirements.

The United States purchased the property as part of the Grand Street Mercury Superfund site cleanup. Mercury, believed to be associated with prior manufacturing operations, was once prevalent at the site. When the contamination was discovered, EPA worked closely with local health officials to relocate residents living at the site, in a renovated former industrial building. In 1997, EPA selected a cleanup plan for the site that included the demolition of the contaminated site buildings and excavation and off-site disposal of contaminated soil. The cleanup was completed in 2005.

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