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Former cleaners a superfund site

DEC officials say groundwater contaminated

The former Damshire Cleaners building, which closed in 2001, has been placed in the New York State Superfund Program.

The former Damshire Cleaners building, which closed in 2001, has been placed in the New York State Superfund Program. Photo by Andrew Beam.

— “With information obtained in the RI (remedial investigation), DEC will begin the process of evaluating remedial alternatives, selecting a remedy and finally implementing the remedy,” King said.

The cleaners is located at 1205 Central Ave. and is surrounded by other businesses such as a Green’s Appliances next door, and the Nan Nail Salon and Capitaland Movies across the street.

Richard Gander, owner of Capitaland Movies, who took over the store in 2009 after working there since 1995, said that he has notice the building has not been kept up at all and that the grass around the building was left to grow. The building hasn’t affected his business, though.

There were people selling Christmas trees out of the building for two or three years, he said, but after the DEC went in to investigate last year, he said he didn’t see them again.

Customers have asked him questions about why the Town of Colonie hadn’t done anything with the building or force the original owners to clean up. Gander said he would like to see a new business move in.

“It would be nice to see another business go in there,” Gander said. “But it is tough. I don’t think people have the money.”

Department of Public Works Commissioner Jack Cunningham said because it is the DEC’s investigation the town has no involvement in the matter. The only time the town would get involved is if there was a proposed buyer and the site had been cleaned up.

“There is nothing in front of us requesting to build on that site,” Cunningham said.

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