Environmental cleanup of YMCA project not quite done

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WATERTOWN — Local officials found out Tuesday that a little more work needs to be done to complete the environmental cleanup for the long-awaited YMCA project in a former Arsenal Street call center.

It should take less than a month to remove the remaining polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs from the floor of the 65,000-square-foot building at 146 Arsenal St. before actual construction on the community center project can begin.

David J. Zembiec, chief executive officer of Jefferson County Economic Development, said test results came back on Tuesday that showed the additional work on the cleanup needs to be done.

The results were discussed during a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

At this point, 10 squares — out of 642 that were each 10 feet by 10 feet — will need to be completely removed “since we can’t scrape down any further,” Mr. Zembiec said, adding that fill will be added when the entire floor is resurfaced.

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