Agreement between Dutchess, DEC and Hyde Park to convert old gas station into community green space

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HYDE PARK – An agreement between the state Department of Environmental
Conservation and Spill Compensation Fund, Dutchess County and the Town
of Hyde Park will see an abandoned gas station at 1381 Route 9G converted
to community green space. The oil spill fund is administered by State
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s Office. The oil spill fund paid $500,000
for cleanup and petroleum remediation at the gas station and neighboring
properties dating back to 1978. The town has agreed to demolish the building
and landscape the site.

Dutchess County foreclosed on the property for unpaid taxes and transferred
ownership to Hyde Park in January.

Once the building is removed, the DEC will assess whether any additional
cleanup is needed and the oil spill fund will pay for completion of any
further cleanup.

“We are thrilled this parcel, abandoned for years, will now provide
a new gateway and future enjoyment for residents of Hyde Park for years
to come,” said County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

Town Supervisor Aileen Rohr hopes the solution “will be a prototype
for the adaptive reuse of other blighted properties in the county.”