COLUMBUS, Ohio – On April 22, officials from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a Voluntary Action Program (VAP) Covenant Not to Sue (CNS) agreement for the 18-acre Northern Tier portion of Whittier Peninsula in Columbus, Ohio. This signing event, held on Earth Day 2010, marks the transformation of unusable land to multi-purpose green space in an urban setting.
At Whittier Peninsula, 160 acres of historic industrial sites, warehousing, railroad operations and scrap yards have been redeveloped into an urban oasis including a park, wetlands and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.
The CNS indicates that Franklin County and Columbus Metro Parks (Metro Parks) and the City of Columbus (City), with guidance from Burgess & Niple (B&N), met requirements for cleaning up the Northern Tier and voluntarily addressed site contamination that cleared the way for redevelopment. The signing of this document is the final step in the redevelopment of the park – a partnership among Metro Parks, the City and Audubon Ohio.
Situated along the banks of the Scioto River, the Northern Tier of Whittier Peninsula was redeveloped into the northern portion of Scioto Audubon Metro Park, which opened in August 2009. Visitors to the park enjoy bird watching, climbing walls, fishing, hiking, jogging, educational facilities, a dog park and sand volleyball.
Burgess & Niple provided multi-disciplinary services throughout the redevelopment process, led by Tom Mignery, VAP Certified Professional, and Project Managers Dave Walker and Brian Tornes, PE. B&N helped secure funding, conducted Environmental Site Assessments and risk assessments, designed remediation plans for the Northern Tier – including the creation of wetlands in areas where impacted soil was removed, and assisted Metro Parks with the design and development of the park.
Burgess & Niple has prepared 28 No Further Action letters to date in Ohio on behalf of its clients to document voluntary site cleanup. Currently, B&N is in the process of securing CNS agreements for the remaining three parcels at Whittier Peninsula and assisting with civil site design and services during park construction.