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Lyell-Lake-State Street Brownfield Opportunity Area Nomination Study


The City completed a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Pre-Nomination Study of the area in 2008 (Pre-Nomination BOA Boundary Map). The purpose of the Study was to develop viable brownfield strategies, to build on existing community assets and recent redevelopment successes, and ultimately, to create job opportunities leading to area-wide revitalization. Over 160 Key Brownfield Sites were identified within the proposed BOA boundary and the findings of the Study clearly illustrated the need for more comprehensive planning towards redevelopment in the area.

The City applied for advancement in the program and was awarded a grant from the New York State Department of State (NYDOS) in the amount of $214,509 in December, 2009, which will provide funding for the City to complete the nomination Phase of the BOA to collect additional data and to identify current market conditions, the types of development already underway in the area, and future development potential. The City will also analyze potential employment opportunities and will highlight potential future job creation that might lead to a greater demand for commercial and industrial space.

Completion of the Nomination Study is estimated for Fall 2013. If the LYLAKS area is designated as a Brownfield Opportunity Area by the State, properties within the BOA will receive preferential consideration for future federal and/or State grant awards.

Among the Key Brownfield Sites are several “catalyst” sites including: the Rochester Gas & Electric Bee Bee Station property; additional vacant property along Vincent Street; the former Kleen Bright facility on Oak Street; and the former Delco plant located at 415 Orchard Street and 354 Whitney Street. At present, the environmental conditions at the Orchard-Whitney property are being evaluated as part of a NYSDEC funded Environmental Restoration Project (ERP) grant. 


Listed below are documents detailing the current Site status. Additional documents will be posted as they become available: 


If you have additional questions about the project contact the City’s project manager at:

Jane MH Forbes, Environmental Specialist, City of Rochester Division of Environmental Quality
(585) 428-7892. E-mail: forbesj@cityofrochester.gov.

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