The City of Rochester is initiating the environmental cleanup of property at 399 Gregory Street, located in the City's South Wedge area. The property was formerly known as Davidson's Collision, and was used as an auto body shop and vehicle painting facility that operated from the 1960s until 1993. Preliminary environmental investigations conducted from 1991 through 1994 identified subsurface soil and groundwater contamination associated with former body shop and painting operations. Partially due to environmental concerns, the property became vacant and tax delinquent. The City acquired the 399 Gregory Street property in 2004 through a tax foreclosure action, and initiated environmental investigations from 2005 through 2008 to determine the extent and magnitude of subsurface contamination, and to evaluate cleanup alternatives for this brownfield site.
A NYS Brownfield Cleanup Program Project
The City applied and was accepted into the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The proposed cleanup of the site includes the following corrective actions and remedial measures:
- Soil excavation and off-site disposal of contaminated soil.
- Application of materials to enhance the in-situ bioremediation of site contaminants in soil and groundwater.
- Installation of a groundwater monitoring network and completion of long-term groundwater monitoring.
- Development of environmental engineering and institutional controls.
The cleanup is anticipated to begin in March 2009 and take one year to complete. Funding for the environmental cleanup is provided by the City of Rochester and a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
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