431 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211


brownfield, CVOCs, VOCs, "Vapor Intrusion"

Wythe and Kent Realty LLC
Site Description[1] 
Location: The Site is known as 431 Kent Avenue, and is comprised of a single tax parcel identified as Block 2135, Lot 1. The majority of the property is currently vacant but was previously occupied by Domsey Fiber Corp. The Site is located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn (Kings County) and is comprised of a single tax parcel totaling 135,025 square feet (3.09 acres). The lot has 237 feet of frontage on South 11th Street, 490 feet on Wythe Avenue, and 498 feet on Kent Avenue. Site Features: The subject site is developed with three buildings as follows: Two-story brick building - (44 South 9th Street) - The two-story brick building is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Wythe Avenue and South 9th Street. The building was constructed prior to 1935. The building has no basement. The building is vacant, but finished. Four-story brick building - (36 to 38 South 9th Street) - The three-story brick building is adjacent to the two-story brick building, and fronts the northern portion of the lot that was formerly South 9th Street. The building has a full basement, which is currently empty. The building was constructed prior to 1918. A small open air alleyway is located between the two-story brick building and the four-story brick building. An old transformer shed is located at the rear of the alley. Warehouse building - The majority of the lot is developed with a one-story concrete block warehouse building that was constructed in 1959. The southern half of the building is currently utilized by Lucky Supply, Inc., which is a warehouse facility that sells plastic and aluminum food containers. The other half of the warehouse building is currently vacant. The northwestern portion of the warehouse building has a second floor which is set up as office space (also vacant). Properties located north and south of the subject property are developed as residential properties. Properties to the east and west along Wythe Avenue and Kent Avenue are mixed with commercial and residential properties. Current Zoning: In 2002 the subject Site and two additional parcels were rezoned from M3-1 heavy industrial to R7A–Residential as part of the Domsey Rezoning Conditional Negative Declaration (CEQR No. 00DCP008K). Historical Uses: The subject site was utilized primarily for a variety of commercial and industrial uses from the late 1800s to the 1940s. Former on-site commercial/industrial operations included the following; machine shops, a pump works, leather goods manufacturing, pen manufacturing, coffin manufacturing, confectioners, paint and varnish manufacturing companies, a gas appliance manufacturing company, truck and auto repair shops, laboratories, and construction companies. All of the buildings within the footprint were demolished sometime before 1959 and then redeveloped with the warehouse building that currently occupies the site for use by the F & M Schaefer Brewing Co. for warehousing and shipping of beer. The last tenant was Domsey International Trading Co. (used clothing factory), which was reported to have moved in sometime between 1975 and 1986 and left by 2002. Site Geology and Hydrogeology: Subsurface soils at the Site consist of a silty non-native fill with bricks, wood and other rubble to approximately 5 feet below grade. A native fine brown silty-sand is present immediately below the fill material to a depth of approximately 12 feet below grade. The fine silty-sand layer is underlain by a fine to coarse sand and gravel layer to the water table. The elevation of the property is approximately 16-25 feet above the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). The topography in the immediate area of the property generally slopes downward from east to the west. Surface Water The nearest body of water to the subject site is Wallabout Channel (a portion of the East River) located approximately 358 feet to the west. Groundwater The depth to groundwater beneath the site is approximately 20 feet below grade. Groundwater flow is expected to flow west toward the East River.

Site Environmental Assessment
The soil and groundwater at the site have been affected by a release(s) of petroleum, PCE and possibly TCE. The sources of these releases have not been identified. TCE is also off-gassing from affected soil and or groundwater and is present in soil gas above concentrations of concern in many areas of the Site. In addition soil in the central area of the property may be affected with chromium and nickel as a result of past operations. Further investigation will be required to delineate the extent of contamination, identify sources and to assist in the development of a remedial program.

Site Health Assessment

Information submitted with the BCP application regarding the conditions at the site are currently under review and will be revised as additional information becomes available.

Contaminants of Concern

Type of Waste Quantity of Waste
1,3,5-Trimethylbenzene UNKNOWN
Petroleum Products UNKNOWN
  1. DEC Environmental Site Remediation Database.  Site Name: "Former Domsey Fiber Corp Site".




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