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Contractors cleaning up decades-old chemical spill at former Oroweat Bakery Outlet site

November 28th, 2012 by Doree

Lots of trucks and big containers have been at the former Oroweat Bakery Outlet site at the corner of NW 70th Street and Greenwood Avenue North for the last couple of weeks. Mike V sent us this photo that he took from the second floor of a building across the street.

Crews are cleaning up soil that is contaminated from when a dry cleaning chemical distribution facility operated on the site, between 1964 and 1983. Piper Roelen with Landau Associates tells us the soil is contaminated with tetrachloroethene.

Roelen says the property owner is conducting the cleanup under the Department of Ecology’s Voluntary Cleanup Program. Most of the asphalt that currently covers the entire site will remain in place, and will be repaired where crews are drilling and excavating. Roelen says the soil is contaminated as deep as 30 feet in some places.

He says TRS Group, Inc.’s cleanup involves “heating of the subsurface soil to volatilize the contamination through a process called electrical resistance heating (ERH). The contamination is then drawn to the surface as a vapor through vacuum extraction, then captured from the vapor stream with activated carbon. The carbon is then shipped to a facility where the contamination is destroyed through thermal desorption (high heat destruction).”

The cleanup is expected to last until early spring. He says the property will likely be sold after the cleanup.

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More demolition of the former Oroweat Bakery Outlet today

August 3rd, 2011 by Doree

Demolition crews started taking down the former Oroweat Bakery Outlet on Monday, by tearing down the southwest part of the building.

Today, they’re working on the main portion of the building.

Thanks to Sandy for the first photo, and John for the second!

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Oroweat Bakery Outlet being demolished today

August 1st, 2011 by Doree

The former Oroweat Bakery Outlet at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. is in the process of being demolished right now.

Here’s what it looked like this weekend with the demolition equipment standing ready.

And here’s a photo from Sandy who lives next to the site and has been watching it come down this morning.

A spokesman for the owners previously told us she couldn’t say yet what might be built on the site.

Update 3:15 p.m.: And here are two more pictures from Sandy, taken from her house right next door. She also shared a link to video she shot of the demolition.

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Old Oroweat Bakery Outlet building soon to be demolished

July 15th, 2011 by Dale

The longtime home of the Oroweat Bakery Outlet is coming another step closer to its appointment with a demolition crew, according to a project representative.

The building at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. never was the prettiest of neighborhood architectural gems, but since the closure of the bakery at the end of last year, its walls have become an attractive magnet for taggers and handbill posters.

It’s now surrounded by a chainlink fence aimed at keeping them out.

Large trees fronting the street will be trimmed before the building is demolished.

Wednesday evening, we came across a group of people standing outside the building, including Attorney Mindy L. DeYoung, of Riddell Williams P.S., who is representing the owners.

DeYoung couldn’t be specific on the timing of the demolition, but said before that can happen, tree trimmers need to come out to cut back branches on the sidewalk trees which are now touching the building.

The property is part of the same Neighborhood Commerical zoning corridor as the nearby Fini Condos and the Greentree Condos, but DeYoung couldn’t say what will eventually be built.

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