Petroleum in water halts apartment project

A petroleum smell and evidence of groundwater contamination have halted construction on a luxury apartment building on the former site of Lane’s Bakery at 444 S. Park St. According to a report in The Capital Times, a DNR agent discovered cloudy water and sediment flowing into Monona Bay, then traced the leak to an excavation hole at the site, where a diesel-powered generator was pumping water into a storm sewer. Permits are required for discharging water into storm sewers, and no such permit had been issued.

JD McCormick Development is building a $5 million, five-story, 40-unit apartment building with first-floor commercial space at the site, which was a Lane’s Bakery for many years and a gas station before that.