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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The Fruit Avenue Plume Superfund site consists of contaminated groundwater under part of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Between 1924 and 1958, a local business owner operated Sunshine Laundry above the contaminated area. In 1940, the owner expanded his laundry services to include a dry-cleaning service, called Elite Cleaners. In April 1989, the City of Albuquerque conducted routine sampling at a nearby supply well. The City found contamination in the groundwater. Site investigators determined the historic dry-cleaning processes were the cause of groundwater contamination. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in October 1999. The cleanup plan included soil and hot spot treatment, and groundwater restoration. Cleanup crews completed work in 2006. Collaborations between New Mexico Environment Department, EPA and a local developer helped return the site property to use as a green housing development. These new, affordable housing units exceed the baseline Green Communities Criteria. Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national non-profit organization, set these criteria. Green features include solar power, a water recycling system, and rooftop rainwater collection systems. The building has a large outdoor courtyard with a hands-on community garden. A hospitality center operates a coffee shop on site and also provides job training to formerly homeless community members.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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