Environmental Cleanup of 415 Orchard St & 354 Whitney St


The City of Rochester is currently completing an Environmental Site Investigation and Interim Remedial Measures (IRMs) at abandoned, industrial brownfield properties located at 415 Orchard and 354 Whitney Streets in the west-central portion of the City of Rochester (Site Location Map). The investigation was funded in part from a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). $200,000 in additional grant funding was awarded through the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Brownfield Cleanup Program to be used to implement Site cleanup. The purpose of the investigation and IRMs is to identify the nature and extent of contaminants present on-site, to assess the potential risks to public health and/ or the environment, to implement the necessary cleanup measures in order to achieve a “No Further Action” Remedial Alternative determination by the NYSDEC, and to market the Site for future commercial redevelopment. The investigation included: performance of a facility-wide hazardous materials inventory, waste characterization and disposal; PCB, lead and asbestos containing materials surveys and abatement; building demolition and subsurface soil and groundwater characterization and treatment or disposal.

In May, 2010, nine (9) petroleum underground storage tanks (USTs) were excavated from an existing UST vault, the contents were characterized for disposal and approximately 265 tons of impacted sand and soil contaminated with petroleum and heavy metals were removed from the Site. In addition, approximately 28,000 gallons of groundwater contaminated with petroleum and heavy metals were either treated and discharged to the Monroe County Municipal Sewer or transported from the Site to a permitted disposal facility.

Subsequent to asbestos abatement and demolition of the remaining seven-story building at 415 Orchard Street structure in the spring of 2015, the following activities are ongoing: excavation and removal of arsenic-contaminated boiler ash and debris in the former chimney stack sump; exploratory excavation, characterization and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous petroleum impacted soils from several Areas of Concern across the site (Areas of Concern Map); in-Situ (“in place”) treatment of chromium-contaminated soil and groundwater in the area of the former facility plating area  (Plating Area Detail Map);

Looking Ahead to Redevelopment

In addition to the environmental cleanup, a Pre-Development Site Conditions Analysis (PDSCA) Report is being completed in order to detail existing site conditions so that realistic, future redevelopment strategies can be evaluated. Components of the PDSCA include: completion of a geotechnical study; an infrastructure and utility capacity study; and completion of a vapor intrusion study. Data collected during the PDSCA will be combined with the environmental data to create a comprehensive site profile to be included for consideration in future redevelopment Requests for Proposals (RFPs). The City anticipates completion of the PDSCA by the end of 2015.

In spring 2015, the City was awarded an planning grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a redevelopment feasibility study. This study will compliment the PDSCA and assist the City in identifying potential reuse options.

The site is located within the boundaries of the City’s Lyell-Lake-State Street Corridor (LYLAKS) Brownfield Opportunity Area.  See the City’s LYLAKS BOA web page for more information.


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

Jane MH Forbes, Environmental Specialist, City of Rochester Division of Environmental Quality
(585) 428-7892. E-mail: forbesj@cityofrochester.gov.