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​Lora Lake Apartments Cleanup

Prior to the 1940s, the current Lora Lake Apartments site at 15001 Des Moines Memorial Dr, Burien, WA 98148 was used as residential and farmlands. During the 1940s, it became the site of Novak Barrel Washing. From the 1950s to mid 1980s, Burien Auto Wrecking was located here.

1940s Novak Barrel Washing                                              1950s to mid-1980s Burien Auto Wrecking

Lora Lake Apartments in 2007

In the mid 1980s the Lora Lake Apartents were built and remained until to 2007. The Port of Seattle purchased the apartments as part Third Runway property acquisitions in 1998 and the last residents vacated in 2007. In July of that same year, the Port collected environmental samples.

In 2009, the Ecology and the Port entered into an Agreed Order, under which the Port agreed to conduct a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) to understand the nature and extent of the contamination. The Port also demolished remaining above-ground structures and took measures — with Ecology oversight — not to disturb potentially contaminated soil.

Lora Lake Apartments cleanup plan finalized

On September 9, 2015, the Lora Lake Apartments Site Consent Decree (Legal Agreement between Ecology and the Port of Seattle) with the Final Cleanup Action Plan was entered by King County Superior Court.

To view legal documents, cleanup plans, fact sheets and more, please visit the Lora Lake site on the Dept. of Ecology website.

Next Steps

The Port of Seattle is currently preparing Engineering Design Report (EDR) for the proposed cleanup actions: soil excavation at Apartment parcel and restoring the Lora Lake wetlands. The Port is also obtaining the appropriate permits from the local jurisdictions and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin the cleanup work at the Lora Lake Apartments Site. Work is expected to start in 2017.
Ecology will review the plans for cleaning up and restoring the Lora Lake wetlands (currently Lora Lake), including the culvert removal and connection to Miller Creek.

Click here to go to the Lora Lake Apartments Cleanup page on the WA State Dept. of Ecology site
State of WA Dept. of Ecology