Progress continues at the Allentown Metal Works brownfield site in South Allentown as the remediation process necessary to return it to use as a manufacturing facility winds down.

Phase I of site remediation, which was completed in April 2015 and supported with $350,000 from the City of Allentown’s EPA-funded Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, passed its final inspection by the PA Department of Environmental Protection in early March. This indicates that all state Land Recycling Program, or ‘Act 2,’ cleanup requirements protecting human and environmental health are now complete at the site. EarthRes of Pipersville, Bucks County acted as the project engineer, while BrightFields Inc. of Wilmington, Del. was cotracted via public bid to handle the onsite cleanup work.

AEDC and the City of Allentown jointly applied for and were awarded $400,000 in supplemental funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct the second phase of remediation at the site. At last week’s Allentown City Council meeting, the City amended the Capital Fund Budget to provide for the $400,000 reflecting receipt of monies from the EPA.

Work to be done in Phase II will include the encapsulation of lead-based paint on the steel beams located in Building B; asbestos abatement within Building B, Building 1, and Building 2; and the filling of open sumps and pits located in Buildings B and C.

In addition to the EPA funds, AEDC will contribute $55,380 to the second phase of the project, and the City of Allentown will provide $25,000 in personnel costs. Phase II is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

“We’d like to thank our partners on this project without whom the remediation of this 268,000 brownfield site would not have been possible,” said AEDC Executive Director Scott Unger. “Special thanks to the City of Allentown, EarthRes Group, and BrightFields, Inc. Additional thanks go out to the EPA, PADEP, HDR and Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation’s Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative.”

AEDC and the City of Allentown have applied for other grants to continue the redevelopment efforts when Phase II of environmental remediation culminates.