United States
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
 Solid Waste
 and Emergency
 Response (5101)
    EPA 500-F-97-032
    May 1997
                       National   Brownfields
                       Assessment  Pilot
                                                         Rochester,  NY
  Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5101)
                Quick Reference Fact Sheet
EPA's Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower States, communities,  and other
stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and
sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield is a site, or portion thereof, that has actual or perceived contamination and
an active potential for redevelopment or reuse. Between 1995 and 1996, EPA funded 76 National and Regional Brownfields
Assessment Pilots, at up to $200,000 each, to support creative two-year explorations and demonstrations of brownfields
solutions. EPAis funding morethan 27 Pilots in 1997. The Pilots are intended to provide EPA, States, Tribes, municipalities,
and communities with useful information and strategies as they continue to seek new methods to promote a unified
approach to site assessment, environmental cleanup, and redevelopment.

  EPA selected the  City  of Rochester  for a
  Brownfields Pilot.   Over the  past 15 years,
  Rochester has suffered a significant decline in its
  manufacturing sector, precipitated by the relocation
  of several  large, integral  companies.  Many of
  these companies have abandoned large, multi-
  storied facilities in favor of smaller, more efficient
  facilities.  The potential threat of contamination
  and liability atthe abandoned facilities has inhibited
  assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment.  As a
  result, the City' s tax base has decreased, the physical
  structures have deteriorated, criminal activity has
  increased, and the morale of the community has


  The primary objective of Rochester's brownfields
  effort is to eliminate the current bias against urban
  brownfields by correcting  misconceptions about
  potential liability and informing the public about
  the positive opportunities for redevelopment and
  growth.   Other objectives include identifying
  incentives  for attracting developers, arranging
  feasible property transfers, and creatively using
  New York State' s ne w voluntary cleanup program.
 Rochester, New York
      Date of Award:
      September 1995

      Amount: $200,000

      Site Profile: The Pilot
      targets site character-
      ization and cleanup plans
      for brownfields throughout
      the City, including a 15.5-
      acre portion of the City's
      Erie Canal  Industrial Park

Mark D. Gregor
City of Rochester
Larry D'Andrea
U.S. EPA-Region 2
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By focusing the Pilot's resources  and efforts  on
specific, marketable,  private and public sites,
Rochester expects to encourage  substantial
assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment. In addition,
this Pilotwill emphasize and strengthen the Rochester
Brownfields Working Group's role as an effective
advisory and problem-solving body on brownfields


The Pilot has:

 Established a "no risk" revolving loan/grant incentive
 fund that owners and developers of brownfields can
 use for site assessments, feasibility analyses, and
 concept plans;

 Completed an inventory  of large brownfields in
 1995.  The Pilot will evaluate and add new sites to
 the inventory as interest in the Rochester brownfields
 redevelopment grows;

 Identified and prioritized the most promising sites
 for  redevelopment in the  City's brownfields
 inventory by having Rochester's Brownfields
 Working Group (RBWG) tour Rochester's large
 brownfields with City staff; and

 Conducted initial site assessments at the ECIP.

The Pilot is:

 Evaluating current zoning policies and regulations,
 identifying  issues  related to  management  and
 redevelopment of older industrial complexes, and
 generally  coordinating assessment, cleanup,  and
 redevelopment concept  plans  for  developers
 interested in City-owned brownfields;

 Evaluating and adding new sites to the inventory as
 interest in the Rochester brownfields redevelopment
 grows; and

 Developing and implementing a local program per-
 formance evaluation system.

Experience with the Rochester Pilot has been a catalyst
for related activities including the following.

 Made available  an initial  list of sites for which
 Brownfields Revolving Funds (BRF) are available
 to prospective developers and businesses.   Ex-
 panded funding program to include all sites meeting
 BRF criteria.  Initially established the Rochester
 Brownfields Revolving Fund using EPA coopera-
 tive agreement money to make available "no risk"
 funding to businesses and developers interested in
 investigating brownfields for potential redevelop-
 ment.  Revolving fund program requirements in-
 clude a specification that award recipients enter into
 a voluntary investigation agreement with the New
 York State Department of Environmental Conser-
 vation.  Repayment of the  revolving fund awards
 will be required  only  if redevelopment proceeds.
 Applications for  several sites are under review.

 Under the New York State Department of Environ-
 mental Conservation's voluntary cleanup program,
 Rochester negotiated  a work plan for additional
 investigation, risk assessment, and  cleanup  and
 redevelopment planning for the ECIP. Field work
 was initiated in the fall of  1996. Cleanup funding
 was acquired by the City and a viable redevelop-
 mentproposal for aportion of the park was received.

 Using the "Neighborhood Team Process," a citizen
 empowerment  program,  to bring residential
 communities into the reuse decision-making process.
 National Brownfields Assessment Pilot
 May 1997
                            Rochester, New York
                              EPA 500-F-97-032