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May 8, 2014

Webster brownfield to receive cleanup

Tonawanda News — A property on Webster Street purchased in 2011 by Crazy Jakes owner Greg Doel will receive brownfield cleanup work likely sometime later this year. 

The building, that sits at 31 Webster on the south side of the street apart from many of the intricate older structures, was owned by a former insurance company, Crown Agency, but closed in 2010 before the eventual sale. 

Doel, who has expanded his bar-restaurant enterprise to add a banquet facility, and owns several other structures along the street, said the environmental contamination stems from its days as a gas station more than 40 years ago. 

While petroleum canisters buried underground were removed, the odor of gasoline still lingers, Doel said. 

"The cleanup is going to take place right after the summer," he said. "It's not a big cleanup, but I didn't want to disrupt the street when it's busy." 

Doel also noted that he has yet to create a plan for the future tenant but has received heavy interest in recent months. 

"It's up in the air," he said. "I haven't decided if I'm going to put something in there on my own or rent it out to somebody." 

The building, about 2,700 square feet was purchased for $180,000, according to the city assessor's office. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation received an application from Doel's real estate company, Webster Properties of WNY, in April. The public has until May 16 to submit commits to the DEC. 

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