Salt Wood Products


Name Salt Wood Products
Address 514 East Vernon Ave, Kinston NC
Acres 1.8
Grant Type Environmental Assessment
Status Completed 12/23/2015



The Phase I ESA was completed at this property on October 1, 2015. This 1.8-acre property includes two parcels and is located at 514 East Vernon Avenue. At the time of the inspection, the site was improved with six vacant structures. Salt Wood Products purchased the facility in 1989. Prior uses of the site include a distribution yard for a plywood wholesaler, a building supply store, an oil company and a fertilizer warehouse.

RECs identified in the Phase I ESA included the historical use of the site as an oil company; the former use of a petroleum UST during the use as a plywood distribution yard and retail/manufacturing facility; and the documented releases and/or current industrial uses of several adjacent and nearby properties, including auto repair, machining, gasoline filling stations, and bulk oil storage/distribution.

The Phase II ESA was completed at the property on December 23, 2015 and included the advancement of eight soil borings and the installation of three permanent groundwater monitoring wells. Results of the Phase II ESA indicated contaminants of concern (COCs) detected in soils above North Carolina Protection of Groundwater Maximum Soil Contaminant Concentrations (MSCCs) and COCs in groundwater above North Carolina Groundwater Quality Standards (NCGQS). However, these contaminant concentrations are below health-based action levels and, therefore, the likely exposure risk to future occupants is low. Since the completion of assessment at this site, the City has obtained ownership of the property with the intention of redevelopment to support the new Kinston minor league baseball team and demolished five of the six buildings at the site. The remaining structure is currently being used as storage for the Down East Wood Ducks minor league baseball team located in Kinston. The remainder of the site has been utilized as local parking.

Successfully entered into the North Carolina Brownfields Program!

This site, in conjunction with the Former Harvey Oil site, has been entered into the North Carolina Brownfields Program (NCBP) and the City is awaiting a draft Brownfield Agreement (BFA) for review. The BFA is, in effect, a covenant not-to-sue offered to a prospective developer (PD) of a brownfields property. Under a BFA, a PD agrees to perform those actions deemed by the department to be essential to make the property suitable for the proposed reuse. In return, the department agrees to limit the liability of the PD to those actions described in the BFA. This allows the PD to go to a lending institution with a defined, instead of an open-ended, liability for environmental cleanup. Through such agreements, redevelopment at these brownfields sites will be encouraged, lessening the incentive for developers to move into “greenfields” area. A finalized BFA for this site will increase its marketability to potential developers who wish to redevelop this site with new, vibrant businesses bringing additional jobs and economic growth to the area.

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