Toxins In Soil Will Delay Sale Of Lora Lake Apartments

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Hazmat SuitLooks like the Lora Lake Apartment sale will be delayed again, as recent soil samples indicate dioxin and petroleum hydrocarbons on the property.

The sale from the Port of Seattle to King County is pending the outcome of additional environmental testing.

Samples taken from 7 and 14 feet below ground show evidence of toxins. The port bought the buildings as a safety buffer for Sea-Tac Airport’s third runway.

The port originally planned to demolish all the buildings, but after a protracted fight a deal was reached for King County to buy the property and maintain apartments outside the safety zone as affordable housing.

Now both agencies are working with the state Department of Ecology to determine the extent of the underground contamination.

The property was the site of an auto wrecking yard in 1950, but was supposedly investigated and cleaned up before the apartments were built.

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