Amsterdam, NY

Chalmers Site Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

The Chalmers Knitting Mill was a historic factory building on the south side of the Mohawk River in the City of at Amsterdam. Originally constructed in 1913, the mill remained in operation until 1959. Saratoga Associates worked closely with the City in the 1990’s to identify adaptive reuse opportunities for this proud old structure. The firm further prepared the City’s “Via Ponte” Brownfield Opportunities Area, which identified the property as a potential brownfield site. Even with potential brownfield grant opportunities available, no developer willing to invest in redevelopment of this aged building could be found. Although listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the City ultimately decided removal of the former knitting mill building offered the best potential for site redevelopment.

Saratoga Associates was retained to perform a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) of the Chalmers property. The firm worked with state regulatory officials to procure additional funding to assist with the demolition of the building and coordinated demolition planning and permitting. The area is now cleared and the City is actively marketing a highly desirable 3-acre waterfront site for economic redevelopment.

City of Amsterdam


Environmental Engineering