Environmental Cleanup of 1200 East Main Street


The City of Rochester is currently completing an environmental cleanup of the city-owned property located at 1200 East Main Street, on the City’s east side (Site Location Map).  The City acquired the property through tax foreclosure in 1997.  Historic use of the property as an automobile gasoline and service station resulted in soil and groundwater contamination from underground petroleum storage tank systems, floor drains, hydraulic lift systems and waste oil dumping to the unpaved ground surfaces (Groundwater Contaminant Plume Map). The City was awarded grant funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to complete an environmental investigation and cleanup of the site.  The investigation was completed in 2005 and the NYSDEC issued a Record of Decision (ROD) documenting the selected cleanup remedy in March 2006.  The Final Remedial Activities Work Plan, detailing Site cleanup activities, was completed and approved in 2009.   The selected remedy included the excavation and off-site disposal of contaminated soil, and on-site groundwater treatment.  Soil source removal was completed between 2010 and 2012.  Post soil source removal groundwater evaluation results indicated that recalcitrant petroleum contaminants were still present in groundwater in concentrations above regulatory limits.  The persistent contamination was attributed to Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) suspended in the fractured bedrock within the uppermost portion of the local aquifer.  In order to fully address the contamination, the City proposed a modified groundwater treatment approach utilizing Vacuum Enhanced Groundwater Extraction (VEGE) followed by direct Oxygen Injection into the aquifer.  The approach was approved in June 2014.

The next phase of environmental cleanup at the Site is anticipated to begin in the summer, 2015.  The VEGE and O2 Injection systems will operate for 24-36 months.  The cleanup will be funded by the City of Rochester, and a grant from the NYSDEC.  Following cleanup, the site will be redeveloped for a commercial use.


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

Looking Ahead to Redevelopment

The Site is approximately 0.62 acres in size and is located in a Community Center District (C-2) zone. The Site would be most suitable for redevelopment as a small commercial/ retail business, office or other commercial use.


If you have additional questions about the project contact the City’s project manager, Ms. Jane MH Forbes, Environmental Specialist, City of Rochester Division of Environmental Quality by phone at (585) 428-7892 or email her.