Remediation funding and historic preservation oversight: Geneva, New York

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The City of Geneva, New York received $200,000 from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to remediate the site located at 305 Main Street, which functioned as a gas station from the late 1920s until the 1980s. Because the building on the site is also eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Geneva partnered with the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to coordinate the project’s effect on historic properties. Nonetheless, this site will require remediation, as the soil and groundwater is contaminated with petroleum-related compounds.

BRS was contracted by the City of Geneva to manage their USEPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant. Due to the added complexity of the impact of SHPO on the site, BRS partnered with Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, Inc. to oversee the project’s historic preservation components. Services provided by BRS for this project included overseeing the progress of the project and developing the requisite documents, such as the Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives and associated Decision Memo, various reports required by USEPA, and requests for reimbursement. BRS and Dovetail also ensured that all SHPO requirements were met, including public outreach and involvement. BRS is now assisting with the oversight of cleanup activities, which will include demolition, soil excavation, and post-excavation sampling.

Location: Geneva, New York
Client: City of Geneva, 47 Castle Street, Geneva, NY 14456