Naples public garage proceeding on schedule

Author: Aisling Swift, Gulfshore Business

Despite finding petroleum tanks, shock absorbers and a toxic chemical while clearing land for its new four-story public garage, Naples city officials still expect the $16 million structure will open early next year.

Structural footings and stem walls are complete, and work is proceeding on the underground stormwater retention vault at the city’s third public garage on the south side of First Avenue South and 12th Street South in the city’s Design District. Groundwater testing found Dibenzo [a,h] anthracene, a hazardous substance found in gas exhaust, tobacco smoke, coal tar, soot, smoked and barbecued foods.

“Every time we dig a hole, we find a buried treasure, but there’s nothing to shut us down yet,” city Construction Project Manager Brad Hefner said to the Naples Community Redevelopment Agency during a quarterly update June 6. “… We got a 30-yard dumpster and we’re filling a lot of them.”

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