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68-92 Genesee Street - EPA Brownfield Grant Application

About the Project

The City of Rochester is applying for grant funding to complete an Environmental Site Assessment project at the property located at 68-92 Genesee Street (Site).  This competitive grant opportunity is part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Brownfield Grant Program which could provide up to $200,000 in funding for investigation and remediation of brownfield sites.  The Site is located within the City of Rochester’s Bull’s Head Neighborhood Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) and consists of one (1) parcel of land which totals 0.73 acres in size.  Two structures currently occupy the Site.  One (1) structure, of approximately 25,000 square feet is a former commercial dry cleaners which is currently vacant, tax delinquent and in disrepair.  The second structure is currently being utilized as a commercial coin-op Laundromat.

The two-story former United Cleaners building on the subject property was constructed in the 1930’s and used as a dry cleaner and an auto sales and service center. The single-story Canopy Laundromat was constructed in 1979 for use as a Laundromat facility.  The Canopy Laundromat portion of the property formerly contained residential buildings. A gas station with three gasoline tanks was located on the southern section of the subject property in the 1930s.  Past investigations of the property include:

Multiple Recognized Environmental Concerns were identified during the course of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment including:

  • possible petroleum contamination associated with use and storage of petroleum products on-Site;
  • possible hazardous materials impacts to soil and groundwater including chlorinated solvents and metals, associated with the use, storage and abandonment of chemical containers on-Site;
  • lead, asbestos, and polychlorinated-biphenyl (PCB) contamination from building materials, and fluorescent light ballasts;
  • toxic mold contamination and biological hazards associated with animal wastes.

As part of the grant application, the City will propose a scope of work designed to fully characterize Site conditions, evaluate potential exposure pathways and ultimately devise a cleanup strategy that would enable the Site to be redeveloped in the future.

Citizen Participation

A copy of the draft grant application will be available for review on-line on this web-site on Jan. 17, 2014.  The City will be presenting a more detailed overview of the Grant program, current Site conditions and potential redevelopment plans for the Site at a meeting of the Southwest Common Council on Dec. 19, 2013 at 275 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, Rochester 14611 at 6 p.m


If you have additional questions about the project or grant application, contact the City’s project manager: Jane MH Forbes, Division of Environmental Quality (585) 428-7892, or email her .

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