Edison replacing toxic soil near High Line to prep for project

An aerial view of the High Line site and Edison Properties chairman Jerry Gottesman
An aerial view of the High Line site and Edison Properties chairman Jerry Gottesman

Edison Properties is paving the way for a development project near the High Line by replacing thousands of pounds of contaminated soil at the site.

The full-block site, located between West 17th and 18th streets from 10th to 11th avenues, was once home to a gas processing plant which released industrial byproducts into the soil below. HLP Properties, a division of Edison, began work last week to replace the soil, and hopes to build a mixed-use structure at the site, according to HLP executive Anthony Borelli.

“We’re remediating the site, cleaning it up … to prepare it for future development,” Borelli told DNAinfo.

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The soil replacement project is expected to take about a year, and its first phase will be completed by December, according to DNAinfo. But it will be several years before the mixed-use structure – with commercial space on the lower floors and residential units on the upper floors – is built.

Until then, the block will continue to be used as a parking lot, according to DNAinfo. [DNAinfo]  – Hiten Samtani