\   Brownfields 2003  Assessment and  Cleanup
              Grant Fact Sheet
              Rochester, NY
EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states.
communities, and other stakeholders to work together to
prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse
brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the
expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be
complicated by the presence or potential presence of a
hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. On
January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed
into law the Small Business Liability Relief and
Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the Brownfields
Law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible
applicants through four competitive grant programs:
assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup
grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding
support is provided to state and tribal response
programs through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

The City of Rochester was selected to receive
assessment and cleanup grants. Rochester (population
219,773) is a federally designated Enterprise
Community Zone and Renewal Community located
near Lake Ontario in west New York State. The city
estimates that 35 to 40 percent of its 5,200
manufacturing and commercial properties can be
considered brownfields. Abandoned and underused sites
have become magnets for illegal dumping, vandalism,
and drug activity. Grant funds will be used in blighted,
low-income neighborhoods where brownfields have a
disproportionally negative impact on the community.
The poverty rate in the neighborhoods targeted for the
cleanup grants ranges from 18 percent to 28 percent.
Thirty-five percent of residents of the neighborhood
adjacent to the targeted sites live  below the poverty
level. Minorities comprise 52 percent of the population
of Rochester. The city hopes that the assessment,
cleanup, and eventual redevelopment of targeted
brownfields will create jobs, attract new businesses, and
increase open space.
                   Assessment Grant

                   $200,000 for hazardous substances
                   $80,000 for petroleum

                   EPA has selected the City of Rochester for a
                   brownfields assessment grant. The city intends to use
                   grant funds to conduct assessment activities at an
                   abandoned collision shop potentially contaminated
                   with hazardous substances and a former gas station
                   where petroleum contamination is suspected.  Grant
                   funds will also be used to replenish and sustain the
                   city's Brownfields Assistance and institutional
                   controls programs.

                   Cleanup Grant

                   $400,000 for petroleum

                   EPA has selected the City of Rochester for two
                   cleanup grants totaling $400,000. The  city will use
                   one of the grants to clean up three former gasoline
                   stations and the other to clean up two
                   petroleum-contaminated acres on Charlotte Street in
                   downtown Rochester. The  city hopes to convert the
                   gas stations into greenspace and the Charlotte Street
                   site into new townhouse and loft residences.


                   For further information, including specific grant
                   contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
                   news and events, and publications and links, visit
                   the EPA Brownfields Web site

                   EPA Region 2 Brownfields Team
                   (212) 637-4309
                   EPA Region 2 Brownfields Web site

                   Grant Recipient: City of Rochester, New York
                   (585) 428-5978

                   The information presented in this fact sheet comes
                   from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the
                   accuracy of this information. The cooperative
  United States
  Protection Agency
  Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
        Jun 03

                                                          agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated.
                                                          Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are
                                                          subject to change.
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
          Jun 03