Trash pile near 490 in Rochester sparks questions

February 22, 2018 12:14 AM

Mary Rose McBride of Rochester just couldn't take it any longer. 

For months, she had driven by a pile of trash on the grass area of the South Avenue ramp to Interstate 490 in the City of Rochester that seemed to grow bigger and bigger. 

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On Wednesday, she became so frustrated that she took a picture and shared it on social media. 

"I took the picture for two reasons," McBride said. "Homeless residents of Rochester should not be sleeping next to a garbage dump. People leaving Rochester downtown, visitors, residents, shouldn't have to drive by. Let's put it this way: a trash pile like that should not exist anywhere in the City of Rochester."

The trash is right near a homeless village on South Avenue.

News10NBC reached out to city leaders to find out who owns the land and who's responsible for making sure it gets cleaned up. City spokesperson Jessica Alaimo told us it is state property. However, the garbage is just feet away from the brand new Bob Morgan apartment development under construction. 

"We have all of this high rent, all of this high stuff going in downtown, people want to move downtown, that's wonderful," McBride said. "But you can't have a garbage dump right next to the river and the homeless people. It’s not good for anyone."

The big pile of trash is also right across the street from the relatively new apartment building Danielle Petry has lived in for the past two years at One Woodbury. She loves downtown living, but she doesn't like what she sees when she takes her dog outside.

"The other day I picked up trash out there because when she is going to the bathroom, she's stepping on God only knows what." Petry said. "Glass bottles. Syringes. I'm not sure who parks out there, but a couple of weeks ago my tire was slashed out there. Very disheartening things that didn't occur when I moved in here."

News10NBC also spoke with New York State Department of Transportation spokesperson Jordan Guerrein, who thanked News10NBC for bringing the trash pile to the state's attention. He promised that DOT staff would look into this and have an answer on Thursday.


Lynette Adams

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