Former school site to become park
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UTICA, N.Y. -- An unused school site in Utica's Cornhill neighborhood is set to have some new life breathed into it. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced a new grant that will help turn the old Kemble Elementary site into a park.
The initiative includes basketball courts, open space, and walking paths. The grant covers the costs for the first step of the process, which tests for lead and other harmful chemicals in the soil.
"Well the environmental sampling will probably take until the end of the summer. It will depend on what we find that will depend on if any remediation needs to take place. Sometimes it's as simple as just replacing a few feet of soil, sometimes its more extensive, depending on the findings," explained Cathe Bullwinkle, OCHD Lead Primary Prevention Project Manager.
County health department officials said construction can begin as soon as the sample come back clean, or remediation is finished.