The Department of Environmental Conservation is close to ending remediation on the now-shuttered Delta gas station on the corner of 25A and Woodbine, according to Northport Village Trustee Tom Kehoe.
The gas station, which sits inside the village line, was the site of an underground waste oil spill between 2006 and 2007 and has been shuttered for years as the DEC and property owner cleaned up the results. Now, Kehoe said it looks as if the DEC is about to "close the book" on remediation which, once completed, will allow business as usual to resume on the site at the discretion of the property owner.
One snag, however, is a $124,000 lien that the DEC placed on the property for alleged costs incurred by the agency during the remediation.
"DEC is done with it and he'll have to deal with the Attorney General on the lien, and however that plays out we don't know," Kehoe said at a village meeting earlier this month.
When one resident asked what the property might be worth, Kehoe and Mayor George Doll both replied that they were unsure, though it stands to reason that it is a valuable piece of commercial real estate worth more than the $124,000 lien. "In case we consider putting a bid on it," added the resident.
In April, Northport Patch asked readers . Many replied that they would like to see a green space or a restored trolley serving as an entrance marker into Northport Village. What would you like to see? Would you like it to resume as a gas station? Tell us in the comments.