Two formerly contaminated brownfields in Rochester are officially cleaned up and poised for redevelopment, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis announced Wednesday.
The sites along Gregory Street and Mount Hope Avenue are the latest clean-ups to be completed under the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, Grannis said.
The City of Rochester and Erie Harbor LLC were issued certificates of completion, the last step as part of their participation in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. Both sites now can be used for residential and/or commercial redevelopment.
The site formerly known as Davidson Collision, at 399 Gregory St., was acquired by the city in 2004 as a delinquent tax foreclosure. The nearly half-acre site was operated as an auto body shop from the early 1960s until it went out of business in 1993. Investigations dating back to 1991 revealed soil and groundwater contamination that included paint waste, petroleum products and metals such as arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead and selenium.
The city secured a $200,000 U.S. EPA brownfield cleanup grant to undertake the cleanup, which the DEC oversaw. City officials look to sell the site for restricted residential/commercial development.
River Park Commons-Townhouses, at 205-405 Mt. Hope Ave. was developed for housing in 1975, but past property uses included a warehouse, feeder canal, rail yards, auto repair, car sales, a wagon shop, a junk-yard and iron cutting facility, a brick storage yard, a tannery, a coal yard and part of a gasoline station. Investigations had found volatile organic compounds including trichloroethene and dichlorodifluoromethane, metals, mercury and petroleum contamination in the soil and groundwater. DEC oversaw the cleanup. Erie Harbor is in the process of building a 131-unit housing development on the site.