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South Genesee River Corridor (former Vacuum Oil site) Project

About the Project

The City of Rochester Vacuum Oil - South Genesee River Brownfield Opportunity Area (VOBOA) provides an exciting opportunity for the study area and City to plan, design, and begin implementing targeted investment projects which support and enhance on-going revitalization efforts in the neighborhood. The redevelopment of the former industrial sites along the waterfront, as well as other vacant and underutilized parcels, will build upon recent redevelopment successes, including Brooks Landing and Carlson Commons.

The City of Rochester received top honors and the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award from New Partners for Community Revitalization (NPCR), the leading state brownfields organization. Read the details here.

Participation in the BOA Program will help to stimulate further investment in the neighborhood and will seek to bring in new businesses and industries, create new employment opportunities, improve access to the City’s waterfront and enhance the overall quality-of-life for residents. Please see the BOA Program page of this website for additional information about the New York State Brownfield Opportunity Area Program. 

Project Background

In 2006 the City of Rochester applied for funding through the NYS BOA Program and were awarded money to proceed with this project. The project is being administered through the City’s Department of Environmental Quality. In 2010, Bergmann Associates, in collaboration with Camoin Associates and Interface Studio, was selected to assist in the development and facilitation of the BOA project, which officially kicked-off in early 2011. The VOBOA project received further funding in fall of 2014 for planning and predevelopment projects. 

Community Participation    

This project is a community-based planning effort that seeks to integrate ideas generated from residents, business owners, and other stakeholders into the actual development of plan recommendations. Involvement and participation by the public is critical to ensuring the planning processes are successful and the final plans achieve the community’s vision.

A wide variety of public involvement techniques will be utilized to maximize public participation throughout the planning process, including neighborhood presentations, public meetings and interactive public workshops.

To download full-resolution graphics of the site in phases 1-3, click on the link below.  This will open a new window. From there, you can zoom in to view the details of each map and download the files.

We want to hear from you!

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If you have questions about the project or would like more information, please contact:

Dorraine Kirkmire
Environmental Specialist/Planner, Division of Environmental Quality, City of Rochester
(585) 428-6698 or email her  


Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from the City of Rochester for a site known as the Portion of Former Vacuum Oil Refinery, site ID #C828190. This site is located in the City of Rochester, within the County of Monroe, and is located at multiple addresses on Cottage St, Riverview Pl, Violetta St, and S Plymouth Ave. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than October 31, 2014. Information regarding the site, the application, and how to submit comments can be found at http://www.dec.nv.gov/chemical/60058.html or send comments to the Project Manager, Frank Sowers, at NYSDEC-Region 8, Div of Environmental Remediation, 6274 Avon-Lima Rd, Avon, NY 14414; frank.sowers@dec.ny.gov; or call 585-226-5357.

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