Environmental Cleanup of 937-941 Genesee St

About the Project

The City of Rochester has been awarded $200,000 in funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Brownfield Program to complete an Environmental Cleanup project at the City-owned property located at 937-941 Genesee Street (Site).  The Site is located in the Brooks Landing Urban Renewal District and is located adjacent to the City’s Southwest Neighborhood Service Center.

The Site consists of one parcel of vacant land approximately 0.25 acres.  The Site was occupied by a former auto repair facility from 1912 to 1941, and by a former dry cleaner and Laundromat from 1946 until 2009 when the building was demolished after a fire.  The City obtained the property through tax foreclosure in October 2012.  Recent private investments in the Brooks Landing area make the Site a candidate for future redevelopment after completion of the cleanup project.   The figures below include a General Site Location Map, and a Parcel Boundary Map of the Site:

Environmental Site Conditions

The City has completed both Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments at the Site which have identified several Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs), including the presence of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) impacts to on-Site soil and groundwater which appear to be associated with the former on-Site auto repair and dry cleaning facilities.  A draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) was also completed which evaluate potential remedial alternatives and their associated costs.  Listed below are electronic copies of the previous environmental reports completed at the Site:

The City has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for professional consulting services to complete an environmental cleanup at the Site in May of 2014 and Stantec was selected to complete the cleanup project.

Environmental Cleanup Work Plan and Revised ABCA

Stantec has developed a draft Corrective Action Plan dated December, 2015, which specifies the scope and details of the proposed environmental cleanup at the Site, and also contains a revised version of the Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA).  The ABCA evaluated three (3) different remedial alternatives for the cleanup of the Site.  Based on the remediation criteria evaluated, the following remedial alternative has been selected for the cleanup of the Site:

  • Complete remaining building slab and foundation demolition and initiate a Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP);
  • Complete a targeted soil removal excavation program to remove petroleum-contaminated soil from two areas at the Site, and transport the impacted soil to a permitted landfill for
  • disposal;
  • If nuisance odors are present during excavation and a vapor suppressant will be utilized;
  • Dewater the subsurface excavations to remove contaminants present in groundwater entering the excavations;
  • Adding Oxygen Releasing Compound–Advanced™ (ORC-A™; manufactured by Regenesis) to the excavation prior to assist with the natural biodegradation of remedial contamination containing petroleum VOCs and SVOCs.
  • Backfill the excavations to grade and install a groundwater monitoring well network.
  • Perform groundwater monitoring, sampling, and analysis for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs), and total Petroleum Hydrocarbons to evaluate post-soil source removal Site conditions;
  • Conduct post-cleanup groundwater monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of the cleanup.
  • Implement Institutional Controls for the Site consisting of flagging the Site in the City’s Building Information System (BIS) database and developing a written Environmental Management Plan (EMP) document that will provide guidance for future Site activities.

Hard copies of draft Corrective Action Plan (work plan) and ABCA for public review and comment can be found at the official document repository (Rochester Public Library, Main Branch).  Electronic copies of the draft Corrective Action Plan (work plan) and the draft ABCA are also available for public review and comment, and these documents can be opened or download by clicking on the links below:

A 30-day public comment period for the draft Corrective Action Plan work plan and the draft will begin on January 4, 2016 and end February 3, 2016.  If you have questions or comments regarding the draft Corrective Action Plan (work plan) or the draft ABCA, please contact the City’s project manager: Joseph Biondolillo, Sr. Environmental Specialist, Division of Environmental Quality at (585) 428-6649, or email him.

Next Steps

After receiving and addressing public comments, the City will finalize the ABCA and the Corrective Action Plan (Work Plan) and submit the plans to NYSDEC Region 8 for review and approval.  After addressing any NYSDEC comments, the City will obtain work plan approval from the NYSDEC.  Once work plan approval has been obtained, the City will coordinate with Stantec and other stakeholders regarding the schedule to initiate the cleanup of the Site, anticipated to begin sometime in spring 2016.