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COA: Put Lighthouse Pointe in cleanup program

ALBANY — The New York State Court of Appeals has ordered conservation officials to allow the Lighthouse Pointe redevelopment project in Rochester into the state’s brownfields cleanup program, making it eligible for an estimated $25 million in tax credits and release from further liability for old contamination after the job is done.

The Court of Appeals concluded that the 47 acres along the Genesee River are sufficiently contaminated to qualify and that the Department of Environmental Conservation threshold was too high.

The Destiny USA project in Syracuse also will be eligible for an estimated $200 million to $700 million in tax credits from the program after the court rejected the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling.

Both decisions were announced Thursday.