The City of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) are aware of the history of industrial activity at 200 Beverley Street—the former International Malleable Iron Company (IMICo) site. The City has already performed several studies and cleanup activities as required by the MOECC.
Environmental monitoring and management
The City is monitoring and managing the property according to the MOECC Director’s Order at an annual cost of $40,000 to $50,000 a year.
In some parts of the site, the soil and/or groundwater may contain chemicals typically found in gasoline or paint—petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and metal(s).
All City wells are at least two kilometres away. Guelph’s drinking water is safe, and regular testing shows it meets or does better than Ontario drinking water standards.
A Preliminary Remedial Action Plan (April 2014) recommends completing a Risk Assessment—using the findings of the environmental studies to manage and mitigate potential risks to people, wildlife and the environment.
Also, two key recommendations from the most recent Environmental Assessment (April 2014) suggest further study to determine:
- Direction of deeper groundwater flow
- Depth and degree of impacts on groundwater
The MOECC must be satisfied with the condition of the site before any construction can occur. Visit the Ministry’s website to learn more about MOECC rules for cleaning up and redeveloping brownfield properties.
Challenging, but not impossible
In addition to environmental studies and ongoing monitoring, the City is actively marketing the property to potential investors – developers who understand the benefits of renewing brownfield properties like this one.
The cost of preparing the property for redevelopment is estimated between $3 million and $4.5 million. Negotiating a deal will not be simple or straightforward, and the redevelopment process is technical and complex.
Once the City chooses a quality proponent, explores potential uses and negotiates the land sale, the City will consider community input, review and approve site plans and issue building permits.