A quarter of an acre of open space near the future home of the Breckenridge Brewery will no longer undergo annual tests of its contaminated soil but instead will be subject to a ban on excavation.
Littleton and the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District have agreed to stop testing the soil at Reynolds Landing Park and instead have placed environmental restrictions on the 0.24-acre parcel. No excavation could take place without the consent of the city and South Suburban.
The switch from testing to the excavation ban would save the city $20,000 annually over the next 20 years. The testing was part of an environmental cleanup of contamination involving benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes left from Central Construction. The contamination was due to leaky underground storage units and spills.
The contamination was found after Littleton bought 22 acres along the South Platte River in 2001 and sold 10 acres to South Suburban that later became Reynolds Landing. Since the contamination was discovered, the soil has been mitigated and the contamination reduced to an acceptable level, according to the city’s environmental engineer.
The company hired by Littleton to conduct the mitigation and testing suggested the city and South Suburban place a covenant on the land instead of continuing to test, said Charlie Blosten, Littleton’s public works director. The company recommended the change after it was determined that no further contamination was leaking into the ground.
The covenant would prevent any construction that required excavation. It would allow things like a sidewalk, fence or other projects that would not require deep digging.
Blosten said the city has no plans to develop the parcel in the future.
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