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Friday, 7 September 2012

The City of Olean is expected to take the next step forward in developing its 500-acre Brownfields Opportunity Area.

During its meeting Tuesday common council is expected to approve a resolution that would authorize Mayor Linda Witte to enter into an agreement with Bergman Associates for consulting services to update and expand the pre-nomination study prepared in 2007.

Part of the area in North Olean is the 62-acre former Agway-Felmont site, which was once home to the Socony Vacuum Oil Company. In 1930 a fire caused thousands of gallons of oil to spill onto, and seep into, the ground.

The state’s Brownfield Opportunity Area Program provides financial and technical assistance to municipalities to revitalize brownfield sites.

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