25 years of hard work in Monterey Park finally paid off today, when the Environmental Protection Agency announced the redevelopment of a formerly contaminated Superfund site in the city.

The Monterey Park Market Place Shopping Center, located west of Paramount Boulevard, was a landfill operated by Monterey Park Disposal Co. until 1984. Nearly 4,000 companies dumped commercial, residential, and industrial wastes at the site over more than three decades.

About 300 million gallons were liquid industrial wastes that contaminated the air, groundwater and soil, posed a fire risk, and threatened the health of nearby residents, according to the EPA, which listed the landfill on the National Priorities List for cleanup in 1986.

According to Monterey Park Director of Community and Economic Development Michael A. Huntley, that was when work began to clean up the site and obtain clearances to develop it for something new. Over the next 25 years, five companies would work on the site, but it was M&M Realty Partners that managed to close escrow almost two years ago, after seven years of clean-up work alongside the EPA.

“EPA is more than a collaborative partner to remediate the nation’s most contaminated sites, we’re also working to successfully integrate Superfund sites back into communities across the country,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The new shopping center will be anchored by a full service Costco Warehouse, as well as a Home Depot and Garden Center. Other featured tenants include an In-N-Out Burger and Chick-fil-A. The center is expected to open later this year.

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