First Prize Center Site (Exchange St., Albany and Colonie) - Public Comment Invited on Brownfield Application

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Public Comment Invited About Brownfield Cleanup Program Application for Site on Exchange St., City of Albany and Town of Colonie

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from First Prize Development Partners, LLC for a site known as First Prize Center Site, site ID #C401076. This site is in the City of Albany and in the Town of Colonie, within the County of Albany, and is located at 68 Exchange Street, Colonie NY12205; Rear Russell Road, Albany NY 12203; and Russell Road, Albany NY 12203.

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at the City of Albany Public Library, Pine Hill Branch, 517 Western Avenue, Albany NY 12203 and at the Town of Colonie Public Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Albany NY 12211.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to the site Project Manager John Grathwol at NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-7016; via email at or by calling 518-402-9767. All comments must be submitted by February 16, 2018.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at:

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed is to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to “greenfield” (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on the State's Brownfield program is available at DEC’s website: