A Clean New Life for Grimy Gas Stations

A Clean New Life for Grimy Gas Stations

Gas stations can be tricky sites to redevelop because they are often contaminated. However, developers around New York have recognized the potential in their often desirable locations and converted them into a variety of uses such as shops, offices, housing and places for generating renewable energy.

Key findings

“More than 50,000 stations have closed since 1991 when there were nearly 200,000 nationwide.”

“The high cost of oil has made it hard to turn a profit selling gas.”

“Petroleum brownfields — ground contaminated or thought to be contaminated by fuel — make up half of the 450,000 brownfields in the country.”

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