Brownfield Opportunity Areas

A "brownfield" or "brownfield site" is defined in New York State Environmental Conservation Law Article 27, Title 14, as any real property, the redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a contaminant.

Brownfield Opportunity Area Program Overview

The New York State Brownfield Opportunity Area Program (BOA) is administered and managed through the New York State Department of State (DOS). The program provides financial and technical assistance to complete area-wide strategies for neighborhood revitalization and brownfield redevelopment. It is important to note that the area-wide strategies developed as part of this program are not limited to brownfield sites. The BOA program recognizes that brownfields, underutilized properties, and vacant sites can all have negative impacts on neighborhood vitality, property values and quality of life. The program provides a funding source to facilitate community and neighborhood-based planning, while creating strategies to improve overall conditions and opportunities for reinvestment and revitalization.

Find out more about the New York State BOA program

BOAs in Rochester

BOA strategic plans currently underway in Rochester include:


The South Genesee River Corridor (Vacuum Oil) and Lyell-Lake-State Street (LYLAKS) sites are among twelve BOAs designated by NYS Governor Cuomo eligible to receive additional tax credit incentives to transform dormant and blighted areas into economic development projects. Read the full announcement here.