Reading enviro firm opens NYC office

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Liberty Environmental Inc. of Reading expanded by opening an office in New York City.

At 131 Varick St. in Soho, Manhattan, the office serves the environmental due diligence, site remediation and regulatory compliance needs of developers, lenders, real estate brokers, attorneys, architects and engineers in the New York City metropolitan area.

“The reason we started the office was because we started seeing more demand for our services in that region,” said James Cinelli, principal. “One reason for this demand is that there has been a lot of commercial properties converted to residential.”

Cinelli said this morning that often there is a substantial amount of investigative work necessary for these properties and sometimes it involves environmental remediation.

Cinelli is directing New York operations.

Liberty’s projects in the region include investigation and remediation of residential and mixed use brownfield redevelopment sites in Brooklyn and Queens and environmental due diligence services for commercial properties in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

“We have three sites in Queens that are being redeveloped from one-story retail buildings that are going to be demolished to change into mixed use, commercial/retail,” Cinelli said.

Another project in that region is a former foundry that will be converted into a multi-unit residential property.

Now with six locations, the firm will be focusing on growing business at those sites, Cinelli said. He said the firm plans to add two staff members in its Reading office and one in its Philadelphia location.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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