Is your Luxury Condo Safe?

A reader reminder me of this EPA website where you can see what kind of reported environmental issues are in your neighborhood…

He said:

“Thought you might find this interesting. I wonder if all those new mommies and daddies and overpriced condo buyers are aware how close they are living to toxic dumps.”


The site listed the following in Hoboken:

  • Facilities that produce and release air pollutants: 48
  • Facilities that have reported toxic releases: 5
  • Facilities that have reported hazardous waste activities: 117
    • Number of Large Quantity Generators: 15
    • Number of Small Quantity Generators: 14
    • Number of Transporters: 3
  • Potential hazardous waste sites that are part of Superfund that exist: 2
    • Sites Currently on the Final NPL: 1
    • Sites Not on the NPL: 1
  • Facilities that generate hazardous waste from large quantity generators: 0
  • Facilities issued permits to discharge to waters of the United States: 4

    • Community Water Systems that serve the same people year-round (e.g. in homes or businesses): 6

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How about these companies that are listed. Are any still around?
“UNION DRY DOCK & REPAIR CO” – 9th and Sinatra
Last time I walked by there (yesterday), they’re still around and going strong.

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Under “toxic releases”, every single business listed seems to no longer exist.[/quote]

Last I went by Stahl Soap Corp, they seem to be around as well.

Yip, re. item # 5, you’re delusional, and probably an ass. Definitely an ignorant piece of trash. Cardboard condo — I live in the Tea Bldg. That’s a 100-year old factory, built of iron girders and concrete floors. It’s practically indestructible. My unit’s walls are thick fire-rated drywall, much better than most in town. The sub-floor is industrial concrete and the building’s roof is supported by rebar concrete joists. How do I know? B/c I’m the top floor and can see them. The firestairs are genuine steel, all the way down, with exhaust fans that roar with wind when activated. The windows (which no longer leak), are modern double-pane sealed units. I replaced the rental quality kitchen counter with a spread of oil/stain proof Silestone, because I’m a real cook. My home is built like a brick S—house. The Tea Building will still be standing even if a small nuke dropped in Midtown. (OK, so the drywall will be gone, but the frame will be here.) So get your head out of your colon. As for the great new trains, etc., yes I agree that it will be nice when the new capacity has been added to NJ Transit. Lord knows, we need it. However, that doesn’t change the fact that Summit and Morristown are more than an hour from Midtown, and that’s before you factor in the subway trip to the office once you’ve finally arrived at Penn Station. Residential suburban neighborhoods are going to fight greater density with… Read more »

411 why title this “Is your Luxury Condo Safe”? I count just as many problematic spots, if not more, along brownstone areas like midtown Hoboken, Washington to Clinton.

That aside, like Bmac I read the environmental report before purchasing my condo. It wasn’t a pretty story but the site was cleaned and the EPA did not require any additional remediation. So I bought the unit.

This environmental risk in our town is an interesting topic and one that is definitely worth examining. However, when I read the intro comment from your unnamed reader I sense a certain amount of renter/childless bitterness.

Perhaps that reader would care to correct my assessment.


Some of that data is so old it’s amazing.

I looked at the air pollution release sites and they included Maxwell House Coffee at 1125 Hudson, saying they released Sodium Hydroxide and Sulfuric Acid. The latest update? 1988.

How about these companies that are listed. Are any still around?

“Standard Brands” – 16th Street
“UNION DRY DOCK & REPAIR CO” – 9th and Sinatra
“BELROSE KNITTING MILL” – 404 3rd Street
“FERGUSON PROPELLER” – they closed 12 years ago

It’s a safe bet that none of those companies are still spewing air pollution.

Under “toxic releases”, every single business listed seems to no longer exist.