Bull's Head Revitalization Project - EPA Multipurpose Grant Project for 42 York Street and 835-855 W. Main Street


The City of Rochester was awarded United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Brownfield Grant Program multipurpose grant funding to complete Environmental Cleanup and Environmental Assessment projects at two City-owned properties located at 42 York Street and 835-855 West Main Street, respectively.  42 York Street and 835-855 West Main Street are properties that were acquired by the City on December 15, 2016 and October 31, 2018, respectively, as part of the Bull’s Head Revitalization Project.  In addition to the funding from the USEPA, this project will also be funded by the City. Though this project has been funded, wholly or in part, by EPA, the contents of this webpage do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of EPA. Additional information on the Bull’s Head Revitalization Project, Bull’s Head Urban Renewal Plan, and Bull’s Head Brownfield Opportunity Area community planning processes can be found here: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/BullsHeadRevitalization/

 Site Background Information 

42 York Street: 

 42 York St Site Map

 42 York Street is approximately 0.48 acres and is currently an unused paved open lot.  The site was formerly developed with residential structures and parking areas.   The site contains fill material, including ash layers in the ground that are considered a regulated solid waste, as well as fill and soil impacted with heavy metals and compounds typically associated with urban fill.  

835-855 West Main Street: 

 835-855 W Main St Site Map

835-855 West Main Street is approximately 4.22 acres and is currently the location of an 85,599 sq. ft.  building and paved parking lot, known locally as Bull’s Head Plaza.  Former uses on the site include laundry, dry cleaners, machine shop, auto sales, and a machine manufacturer.   The site includes soil and groundwater contaminated with chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) as well as fill and soil contaminated with heavy metals and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs).

 Further Information 

More detailed information regarding the environmental conditions at 42 York Street and 835-855 West Main Street can be found in the following list of documents: 

 42 York Street:

Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives – 42 York Street 
If you have any questions or comments concerning the Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) prepared for the 42 York Street property, please submit them by July 22, 2024 to: rick.rynski@cityofrochester.gov  

  835-855 West Main Street:

Grant Application

 Community Participation/Engagement

Bull’s Head Revitalization Community Participation Plan:

Community participation and engagement for Bull’s Head Revitalization is a continuation of the Community Participation Plan (CPP) established during the Bull’s Head BOA Revitalization planning process.  The CPP may be viewed here: Bull's Head Revitalization Community Participation Plan

Community Presentation of Bull's Head EPA Multipurpose Grant Application:   

The City presented the Bull’s Head EPA Multipurpose Grant application at the October 14, 2020 Southwest Quadrant Community Meeting via Zoom video-conference.  The meeting agenda and grant application presentation may be viewed here: Bull's Head EPA 2020 Multipurpose Grant Application Presentation

This website will be periodically updated as new information is obtained. If you have additional questions about the project please contact the City’s project manager Rick Rynski, City of Rochester, Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, via (585) 428-6932 or email.

Project Update Newsletters:

June 28, 2023 Newsletter