Remediation begins on Starlite Cleaners site in Medina
MEDINA – Contractors paid by the state Department of Environmental Conservation are beginning work on demolishing some portions of the former Starlite Dry Cleaners and removing asbestos and contaminants from the Main Street location.
The Village of Medina has been working on the project for years, including paying for an environmental audit of the site.
The former Starlite at 331 North Main St. has been empty since a fire in the building about a decade ago. Its neighbor at 333 North Main also is vacant.
The Village Board would like to see the sites be redeveloped.
“When it’s totally remediated there will be interest because it’s on Main Street with canal frontage,” said Marty Busch, the village’s code enforcement officer.
Starlite has been in limbo. Matt Mosher of 331 Main Street Incorporated is the owner of the property, but the taxes haven’t been paid in several years.
Normally a property with unpaid taxes over several years would then be owned by Orleans County, but the county hasn’t accepted the property due to the environmental liabilities.
Busch said the remediation should ease worries of potential developers, and the site should draw attention from businesses.