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Lyell-Lake-State Street Brownfield Opportunity Area Nomination Study


The City completed a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Pre-Nomination Study of the area in 2008 (Pre-Nomination BOA Boundary Map). The purpose of the Study was to develop viable brownfield strategies, to build on existing community assets and recent redevelopment successes, and ultimately, to create job opportunities leading to area-wide revitalization. Over 160 brownfield sites were identified within the proposed BOA boundary and the findings of the Study clearly illustrated the need for more comprehensive planning towards redevelopment in the area.

The City applied for advancement in the program and was awarded a grant from the New York State Department of State (NYDOS) in the amount of $214,509 in December, 2009, which provided funding for the City to complete the nomination Phase of the BOA, including collecting additional data, identifying market conditions, and evaluating future development potential. In this phase, the size of the study area grew to over 600 acres and the number of brownfield sites increased to over 200.

The study was submitted to the NYSDOS in March of 2014. If the LYLAKS area is designated as a Brownfield Opportunity Area by the State, properties within the BOA will receive preferential consideration for future federal and/or State grant awards.

Among the Key Brownfield Sites are several “catalyst” sites including: the Rochester Gas & Electric Bee Bee Station property; additional vacant property along Vincent Street; the former Kleen Bright facility on Oak Street; and the former Delco plant located at 415 Orchard Street and 354 Whitney Street. At present, the environmental conditions at the Orchard-Whitney property are being evaluated as part of a NYSDEC funded Environmental Restoration Project (ERP) grant. 


Listed below are documents detailing the current Site status. Additional documents will be posted as they become available: 


If you have additional questions about the project contact the City’s project manager

Dorraine Kirkmire, Environmental Specialist/Planner, City of Rochester Division of Environmental Quality
(585) 428-6698 or email her 

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