2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 18:23:52 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Cuppers Cafe, Somerset, Massachusetts
From brownfield to black gold

By Marc Munroe Dion
Wicked Local Somerset (MA)
July 26, 2008

Somerset -

Want a cup of coffee? Maybe a latte? How about a bagel?
Look for the old gas station.

At 1857 County St., in a former gas station now spruced up, husband and wife team Gayle and Mark Ulrich recently opened a monument to good coffee.

And persistence.

"I like to make things better," Gayle Ulrich said, sitting on a leather couch inside the spacious white-walled Cuppers Cafe, a new coffee and gathering place occupying a vintage 1964 gas station.

Before its current incarnation, the site was a brownfield, contaminated with gas and oil. The former owner removed the old gas tanks, but only went down 12 feet into the soil in a cleanup effort. Environmental agencies said that was eight feet too few.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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