Crews dig up dangerous dirt at new Coors Field parking garage project

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DENVER -- Thousands of people and animals who will be taking part in St. Patty’s Day celebrations will stage for the huge parade near 27th and Blake Street in River North.

The old parking lot where they usually gather is also under construction for a Colorado Rockies parking garage. In a 900 page report on the property, contamination was found in core samples taken on the dirt being moved.

“They found traces of arsenic, asbestos, hydro carbons and petroleum among other things,” said Blair Leisure who runs Iris Remediation. “The dirt is dirty and when left uncovered and dry, winds blow the dust thru out the neighborhood.”

Neighbors have been complaining about the dirty dirt dust for at least six months but nothing was being done. According to the report the company doing the work was supposed to water down the huge mountain of dirt on property, but people in the path of the dust say that was not being done.

“We know what is over there, but we don’t know how dangerous airborne pollution is,” said neighbor Charlie Wesley. “Our patios, cars, and windows are covered with the dust, is it harmful?”

The Stadium District is telling parade organizers they will lock up the portion of the series of parking lots to keep people out of the dirty dirt. Neighbors say that wouldn’t have happened if FOX31 cameras had not come out to cover the dirt moving going on this week.

The city is saying the construction process is going according to the plan and they say they are monitoring the site going forward.

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