A 22-acre parcel of former industrial land on the southeast shore of Lake Washington could become a model for environmental cleanup, habitat restoration, recreation and economic development.
The Quendall Terminals site in Renton, WA presents the challenges and opportunities for conversion of a highly contaminated former industrial creosote manufacturing plant into a thriving commercial development.
As the largest undeveloped parcel of shoreline on Lake Washington, the property needs to be cleaned up not only for future development but for the enhancement of habitat and the recovery of natural resources.
The owners and regulators have been working diligently and cooperatively to identify an appropriate remedy. The ability of the owners to accomplish a remedy will depend on whether the cleanup and habitat restoration can be completed in a reasonable time and at a reasonable cost. The opportunities to remove historical contamination, provide economic development, local jobs, more public access and improved habitat are what make the property valuable—not only to prospective owners but to the community at large.