After years of work — following decades of neglect — the massive old Bulova Watch Case Factory in Sag Harbor has been officially removed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation from the state’s list of toxic Superfund sites.
The change in status comes as the 2.3-acre site is being readied in preparation for work that will start next spring to turn it into 65 condominium units in the heart of the village, just a short walk from Long Wharf and the Main Street business district.
The factory, once one of the biggest industrial operations on the East End, closed in the early 1980s. The redbrick factory complex was declared a Superfund site after tests showed the soil had been polluted by chemical runoff.
The site has since been decontaminated, which was required before a new building permit could be issued. Plans call for the site on Church Street to be turned into condominiums with an indoor pool, a spa, underground parking and a recreation center.
The work is expected to take two years.
According to the DEC, after already-agreed-to remedial actions are completed — work is ongoing — the site will no longer represent a significant threat to public health, qualifying it for the DEC’s Class 4 status on its registry of inactive hazardous waste disposal sites.