Coplay Quarry Reclamation Project
The Coplay Quarry Reclamation Project began in 1989 when approximately 150 acres, originally owned by Coplay Cement, was purchased at auction. A limited amount of mining continues to this day but redevelopment began almost immediately and is the major activity on this site.
What is now the Foley Caterpillar facility on Beekmantown Road and the Quarry Office building located on West Coplay Road were the start of the redevelopment activities. Subsequent redevelopment of the site includes the Sheetz gas station on the corner of Chestnut Street and MacArthur Road and the Briarwood Development directly behind Sheetz. In 2014 two lots, encompassing approximately nine acres, were approved for redevelopment and are located behind Foley Caterpillar facility. Future plans call for the redevelopment of at least 12 additional lots.
This site is currently accepting construction fill material for its beneficial reuse in the quarry reclamation project. The Coplay Quarry has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to accept PA Clean fill and PA Regulated fill material dictated by the Management of Fill Policy (Document No. 258-2182-773) and WMGR096-NE005. These fill activities are outlined in the site’s acceptance plan in accordance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit No. PAC39001. This facility is also permitted by the PADEP to accept PA Mine Reclamation fill as imposed by the Use of Reclamation Fill at Active Noncoal Sites Policy (Document No. 563-2000-301) in accordance with the site’s Reclamation Fill Acceptance Plan and permitted by Surface Mining Permit No. 39880302A1C11 and NPDES Permit No. PA0225665. The Coplay Quarry facility is also approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III to accept qualifying material from CERCLA/Superfund sites. Due to the size and nature of this reclamation project, the facility can accept material ranging from asphalt, sand, soil, brick, block, concrete and rock. There are no geotechnical acceptance specifications, as this material is used for a wide array of applications.
Capital Development was started in 2014 with the purchase of the site from Northeast Equity Associates, Inc. The Core Reclamation and Development Group (CORE) recognized the enormous potential for redevelopment of this site because of its proximity to the New York metropolitan area. The site began as the East Bangor Consolidated Slate Company, mining slate from the property back in the late 1880’s. The quarry was inactive and abandoned by the 1950’s. Due to drastic elevation changes and unstable slate spoil piles this site has no further use in its current state except for a limited portion of the property currently used by Capital Auto Parts, an auto repair and salvage operation.
CORE’s plan to reclaim this property for industrial development will begin by filling the abandon quarry holes to facilitate future large scale redevelopment of the property. CORE has reclaimed one of the three holes and has obtained the initial permits to reclaim the second and largest hole. Core is in discussions with regional and national real estate developers for the final development of the site. This property also has the potential for a rail spur to service the commercial and industrial uses zoned for this property.
Currently, this site, also referred to as the Valley Industrial Properties (VIP) site, is accepting construction fill material to prepare the site for industrial development. The Capital Quarry facility has been approved by the PADEP to accept PA Clean fill material dictated by the Management of Fill Policy (Document No. 258-2182-773) in accordance with NPDES Permit No. PAD480026. This facility is also accepting VIP Site-Specific fill material in accordance with corresponding permits NPDES Permit No. PAD480125 and Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit No. E4802220-021. This site is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III to accept qualifying material from CERCLA/Superfund sites. Due to the size and nature of this reclamation project, the facility can accept material ranging from asphalt, sand, soil, brick, block, concrete and rock. There are no geotechnical acceptance specifications, as this material is used for a wide array of applications.