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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.

Future activities at the Site include: 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 (AOCs) 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 (PA) (Plating Area Detail Map); and asbestos abatement and demolition of the remaining seven (7) story, 415 Orchard Street structure in the Spring of 2013. 


Listed below are environmental documents detailing the current Site status and future activities at the Site:
Remedial Investigation and Interim Remedial Measures Work Plan (LU Engineers, May 2011)
Project Status Update/ Work Plan Addendum (City of Rochester, June 2011)

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 Site is also located within the boundaries of the City’s Lyell-Lake-State Street Corridor (LYLAKS) Brownfield Opportunity Area Study (See the City’s LYLAKS BOA web page for more information). The Study is being conducted as part of the New York State Department of State’s (NYDOS), Brownfield Opportunity Area Program which provides municipalities and community based organizations with assistance to complete area-wide planning approaches to brownfield redevelopment. The program offers additional funding for developing area-wide planning and implementation of redevelopment strategies within a BOA and enables municipalities to leverage funds from a variety of sources to make brownfields ripe for private sector investment.

The City anticipates completion of the Environmental Investigation, Interim Remedial Measures and Pre-Development Site Conditions Analysis by the summer of 2013, and looks forward to the Site’s future redevelopment and reuse. The Site could be well suited for manufacturing, offices, warehouses, and other commercial uses.

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

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

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