Sunday, August 3, 2014

PUBLIC DESIGN WORKSHOP - West River Wall Planning Study

The Public Design Workshop is scheduled as follows:

Tuesday - September 9, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Church of Love Faith Center  
700 Exchange Boulevard

Please accept this invitation to join us on September 9, 2014 .  It is important that this study reflect the needs and visions of the community, therefore we would like to hear from each and every one of you, your voice is important to us.   

The study will develop and strengthen the framework for conversion of this space into one that connects and engages the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses, and educational institutions with our vibrant riverfront. This community based study will serve to promote and guide us as we continue to discuss and define the next chapter.  

Should you require additional information prior to the September 9th meeting, feel free to call me directly at (585) 428-6852 or via email  With your continued help, we can truly make a difference.

PLEX BOA Brown Field Area Current Documentation & History Links


<click here>City of Rochester (PLEX AREA) Vacuum Oil Final Draft Nomination Study

<click here>(PLEX AREA) FINAL_VACOIL_Public Presentation_11.28.12

<click here>(PLEX WATER FRONT INVESTMENT) HealthWaterways-Report

(BOA - Brown Field Opportunity Area) Get started on your brownfield planning grant proposal now!

by Christa Franzi 17. June 2014 09:15 

Funding soon to be announced and some advice on brownfield redevelopment…
If you work in the Northeast you've got em…old, underutilized, corroded, former industrial sites that we aptly refer to as "brownfields".  These relics of our former industrial economy pose a special sort of redevelopment challenge that's fit only for the strongest, fiercest, iron-willed, bullet proof…you get the picture, brownfield redevelopment is H-A-R-D! 

City of Rochester, NY: Vacuum Oil Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA)

The good news is that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many state and local governments recognize the challenges and opportunities of redeveloping brownfields and there are lots of federal, state, and local funding sources available for planning, training, cleanup, etc. EPA recently announced that it will be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) this summer for the 2015 round of funding for the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Program.
We're not sure exactly what the 2015 program will look like yet, but the 2013 program broke down like this:
·         Total funding available: $4,000,000
·         Max per applicant: $200,000
·         Project period: 24-months
·         Number of Projects selected: +/- 20 projects
Funding was used for research, technical assistance, and training for area-wide planning designated to identify reuses for brownfields that will meet community health, environmental, and economic development goals. 
It is always helpful to see what projects received funding in the past. That list can be found here:
At Camoin Associates, we have worked on over 20 brownfield redevelopment-planning projects. We're typically members of a full redevelopment team that includes planners, engineers, environmental scientists, government officials, neighborhood residents, and others. Our role is to conduct market opportunity studies and financial feasibility analyses to give the communities we're working in realistic parameters on which to formulate their redevelopment strategy.
One piece of advice we can offer you when approaching brownfield redevelopment: collaboration is key. Whether seeking funding this round or in the future, success lies in the team effort. Start by building the best team possible with knowledgeable, creative, leaders that understand the value in and are committed to seeing redevelopment of our urban cores.  As you develop your team, find a champion. Every brownfield redevelopment project needs someone to push team members to explore all options, think outside the box, and keep the project moving forward. You need a hero.
Additional information on what you can do to get a head start planning your brownfield planning grant proposal while we wait for the official announcement can be found here:

Latimer Health Fair Saturday Aug 9th 2014

National Night Out - Tues Aug 5th 2014