200 Beverley Street – Environmental conditions

The City of Guelph and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) are aware of the history of industrial activity at 200 Beverley Street—the former International Malleable Iron Company (IMICo) site. We’ve already performed several studies and cleanup activities as required by the MECP since we became the property owner in 1997.

Environmental monitoring and management

We’ve been monitoring and managing the property according to the MECP Director’s Order .

In some parts of the site, the soil and/or groundwater contain chemicals typically found in gasoline or paint—petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and metal(s).

We regularly conduct groundwater monitoring. All City drinking water wells are at least two kilometres away from this site and monitoring and tests confirm that no contamination has reached any of our source water supplies. Guelph’s drinking water is safe, and regular testing shows our tap water meets or does better than the Ontario drinking water standards.

In 2017, the City retained CH2M, now Jacob, to complete environmental site assessments in support of the potential redevelopment of the site from industrial to residential land use purposes. Jacob working on City behalf has completed the following environmental (soil and groundwater) investigations and environmental risk assessments to obtain a Record of Site Conditions (RSC), which was acknowledged by the MECP on August 4, 2022:

  • Phase one environmental site assessment
  • Phase two environmental site assessment
  • Tier 3 Risk Assessment

For more information check out the reports posted online. New reports will be posted as they become available.

In addition to environmental studies and monitoring, the City is exploring options to market the property to potential investors – developers who understand the benefits of renewing brownfield properties like this one.