News Release - U.S. EPA Awards City Two Grants for Environmental Clean up

City of Rochester

News Release

(Wednesday, May 2, 2018) -- Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that the City has received two grants totaling $400,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support efforts to investigate, clean up and revitalize brownfield sites.

“I want to thank the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for supporting our efforts to bring investment to Rochester’s neighborhoods through environmental improvements,” said Mayor Warren. “These grants will provide vital funding to reverse environmental damage at properties that have been vacant, underutilized or economically disadvantaged, which will help us leverage additional funding and generate interest for future development. Brownfield restoration and mitigation is a critical component of our efforts to create a cleaner, greener, more sustainable city for future generations, which will help us create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.”

A brownfield is a property that is difficult to develop because of the presence or potential presence of a contaminant.

A $200,000 brownfield clean up grant will be used to complete cleanup efforts at a former gasoline service station at 121-123 Reynolds St. The City has already completed investigations and removed abandoned underground storage tanks from the site.

A $200,000 brownfield assessment grant will fund further environmental investigations at designated Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA). The City has four BOAs totaling 1,800 acres where efforts are underway to improve environmental conditions to support revitalization.

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