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Robert Taylor Homes
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Carnow Conibear performed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) in accordance with the protocols of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E1527. The Phase I ESA was performed to determine whether any recognized environmental conditions (RECs) exist at the site and whether RECs present a potential threat to human health, environment, or redevelopment of the site.
Carnow Conibear performed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) in accordance with the protocols of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E1527. The Phase I ESA was performed to determine whether any recognized environmental conditions (RECs) exist at the site and whether RECs present a potential threat to human health, environment, or redevelopment of the site.
 
The 92-acre site located in Chicago, Illinois consisted of several multi-story residential homes and related buildings and facilities. The property was formerly known as the Chicago Housing Authority Robert Taylor Homes. The Phase I ESA involved the collection and review of historical records from public agencies, the review and evaluation of historical maps and photographs, an environmental database search and records review, and a site visit. Carnow Conibear also investigated adjacent properties to determine whether potential RECs at these locations could impact the site. 
           
The Phase I ESA investigation revealed the presence of several areas of environmental concern that included the potential presence of underground storage tanks (USTs), the potential presence of contaminated soil due to staining, current and historic uses of the property; the potential presence of friable and non-friable asbestos-containing materials in the buildings; the potential presence of lead-based paint in the buildings; and the potential presence of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) equipment.
 
Carnow Conibear provided a report which summarized the findings of the investigation, addressed the identified RECs, and made recommendations regarding the future development of the site. The project was originated by the Chicago Housing Authority and transferred to the Chicago Department of Environment.  The project was funded by the Chicago Department of Environment.
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