The following programs are funded with grants provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
Brownfields Assistance Program (BAP)
- Provides assistance to prospective purchasers or sellers of industrial properties for investigating environmental conditions as part of their early feasibility analysis of economic development projects. The applicant's share of investigation costs will be one dollar for every two dollars of City funds. The City will cover the entire cost of the consultant report if the environmental conditions of the site prove to be unsuitable for redevelopment. The program may be used for Phase I environmental site assessments, Phase II investigations, subsoil and geotechnical investigations, feasibility analyses, development of Environmental Management Plans and legal costs associated with negotiating voluntary investigation or clean up agreements. The program may also be used in conjunction with other economic development financing programs.
Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund
- Provides assistance to business owners/real estate developers for the cleanup of brownfields sites. Priority for funding will be based on the extent to which the project meets the City's economic development goals of job creation and retention, increasing the tax base and adding to the inventory of available land for industrial development. The program is available to industrial firms located in or moving into the city of Rochester. Low cost, fixed rate loans are available for projects involving the removal, mitigation or prevention of a release of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. All loan recipients are required to enroll in one of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) remediation programs and the NYS DEC will provide technical oversight of cleanup activities.