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Firm Provides Legal Guidance On Richmond Avenue Brownfield Remediation Project

Daniel Spitzer led the Hodgson Russ team representing the City of Lockport and the Greater Lockport Development Corporation (GLDC) throughout the Richmond Avenue Redevelopment Project. Richmond Avenue is a triangular-shaped block in Lockport, New York facing the Erie Canal. The buildings on the property were built in the 1870’s, some with stone from the original Erie Canal. The mercantile buildings on the block had been in decline for a number of years when the City and its local development agency undertook the redevelopment project, which is located in the City’s Historic District. Our tasks included...

  • obtaining approval of the redevelopment project from the State Office of Historic Preservation.
  • leading the brownfield remediation process through drafting grant documents, assisting with engineering contracts, and reporting required by the state brownfield development regulations.
  • assisting in acquiring property interests in the block, including condemnation of some properties.
  • preparing documents for the partnership between the GLDC and a private developer for redevelopment of Richmond Avenue post-remediation, including developer agreement, master lease, management agreement, and loan documents.