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Rochester awarded U.S. environmental cleanup grants

Rochester awarded U.S. environmental cleanup grants

May 02, 2018 12:55 PM

Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced Wednesday that the city has received $400,000 in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The grants are in support of continued efforts to investigate, clean up and revitalize brownfield sites.

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A brownfield is a property that is difficult to develop because of the presence or potential presence of a contaminant.

“These grants will provide vital funding to reverse environmental damage at properties that have been vacant, underutilized or economically disadvantaged, which will help us leverage additional funding and generate interest for future development," explained Mayor Warren. "Brownfield restoration and mitigation is a critical component of our efforts to create a cleaner, greener, more sustainable city for future generations, which will help us create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.”

A $200,000 grant will be used to complete cleanup efforts at a 121-123 Reynolds Street gas station.

The additional $200,000 grant will fund further environmental investigations at designated brownfield opportunity areas. The city already has four designated areas totaling 1,800 acres. 

For more information you can go to the City of Rochester website

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