September 4, 2010 - The city is spending at least another $4 million on its new public works campus on Foster Avenue after discovering a massive amount of contamination on the property.
City officials anticipated they would have to excavate fuel-soaked soil beneath its old public works buildings and garages as part of the original $21 million project.
But the extent of the contamination, mostly caused by long-buried fuel tanks, dwarfed expectations. Fuel and fuel-based oil was found 17 to 18 feet beneath the ground's surface to the tune of 41,000 tons of contaminated earth, said Commissioner of the Office of General Services Carl Olsen. Seven fuel tanks were unearthed, two of which were surprises.