Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA)

Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) News

 

Project Documents

Meeting & Project Updates

  • The first public meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19th from 5:30-7pm at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator 214 Central Avenue, Dunkirk. Our consultants and staff will be on hand to discuss the project and answer any questions you might have.

History

The Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program was made possible by the Superfund/ Brownfield Law of 2003. Brownfields are defined as “former industrial or commercial sites where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination.” The Department of Environmental Conservation provides assistance to areas and municipalities that were particularly hard hit by these conditions and aids them in identifying pollutants, clean-ups and future planning for these sites. (Department of Environmental Conservation Fact sheet)

Dunkirk’s economy was based on industry which paid good wages but resulted in many brownfields, or highly polluted areas, scattered throughout the City. Sites that held manufacturing, auto repair and even dry cleaner uses are an example of those considered potential brownfield sites. In 2009, there was a Pre-Nomination Study completed (Step 1 of BOA), which analyzed brownfield sites within the City of Dunkirk. That basic analysis identified AL-Tech as a key site for redevelopment.  

Dunkirk has been awarded a grant from the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) to perform Step 2 of the BOA. Step 2 is the Nomination Study which will more thoroughly examine brownfields in the downtown and waterfront areas as well as AL-Tech. From this analysis, we will learn the potential reuse opportunities and economics and market trends that will affect the redevelopment potential of the targeted locations. Community participation will be critical for the future of these sites and the future of the City of Dunkirk.

Goals of project

The goal of this project is to highlight potential sites for clean-up and redevelopment, create jobs, reduce blight, guide future land use, reinvigorate the city and form our future. Brownfield areas often leave vacant land and empty buildings which blight the community and divide neighborhoods. By putting these parcels back into productive use, these vacancies can be alleviated. There will be a public meeting for all City of Dunkirk residents and stakeholders to weigh in, make comments and ask questions. There will also be a direct line to City Officials to answer questions and concerns.

Priority Sites

  • Site 1: Waterfront Block
    • 66 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 68 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 70 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 76 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 80 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 5 North Deer Street
    • 15 North Deer Street
  • Site 2: Stefans Block

    • 18 Lake Shore Drive West
    • 24 Lake Shore Drive West
  • Site 3: Former Masonic Temple
    • 323-325 Central Avenue
    • 335-339 Central Avenue
  • Site 4: County Parking Lot

    • 7 West Third Street
    • 9 West Third Street
    • 301 Central Avenue
    • 305 Central Avenue
    • 307 Central Avenue
    • 309 Central Avenue
    • 311 Central Avenue
    • 313-317 Central Avenue
  • Site 5: Central Avenue Terminus Block

    • 106-118 Central Avenue
    • 7-9 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 11-13 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 15-17 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 19 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 23-25 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 115-117 Washington Avenue
  • Site 6: Faith Baptist Church Block

    • 32 East Second Street
    • 105 Park Avenue
    • 107 Park Avenue
    • 109 Park Avenue
    • 115 Park Avenue
  • Site 7: Mulholland Block

    • 208-214 Washington Avenue
    • 220 Washington Avenue
    • 207 Park Avenue
    • 211 Park Avenue
    • 215 Park Avenue
  • Site 8: Sam Family Farm

    • 59-61 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 65 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 67 Lake Shore Drive East
  • Site 9: Main Street Corner West

    • 103 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 105-107 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 109 Main Street
    • 111 Main Street
    • 113 Main Street
    • 115 Main Street
    • 117 Main Street
    • 72 East Second Street
    • 74 East Second Street
  • Site 10: Main Street Corner East

    • 102 Main Street
    • 104 Main Street
    • 106 Main Street
    • 108 Main Street
    • 110 Main Street
    • 112 Main Street
    • 116-120 Main Street
    • 122 Main Street
    • 115 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 117 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 121 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 123 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 127 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 107 South Beaver Street
    • 109 South Beaver Street
    • 113 South Beaver Street
  • Site 11: Main Street Corner North

    • 114 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 116 Lake Shore Drive East
    • 120 Lake Shore Drive East
  • Site 12: Woodlands
    • 468 Lake Shore Drive East
  • Site 13: Former Roblin Steel
    • 320 South Roberts Road
  • Site 14: Former Al-Tech
    • 830 Brigham Road
    • 66 West Howard Ave
  • Site 15: NRG Energy

    • 106 Point Drive North

Project Steering Committee

  • John Ames, Local Economic Development Committee (LED)
  • Christina Lincoln, City of Dunkirk
  • Kevin Kearns, SUNY Fredonia
  • Kristine Morabito, Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA)
  • Dan Reininga, Lake Shore Savings & Loan
  • Allan Steinberg, Developer
  • Gina Paradis, Chautauqua County Land Bank
  • Patrick Gooch, Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Development
  • Steve Rees, Revitalize Dunkirk
  • Paul Neureuter, KROG Corporation

Consultant Team

Contact

If you have questions or suggestions about the City’s Brownfield Opportunity Area Project please email us at brownfield@cityofdunkirk.com