Lighthouse Pointe

Project: Lighthouse Pointe

Project Description The firm represents the developer of this proposed mixed use development on the east bank of the Genesee River in Irondequoit and Rochester on the site of a former landfill. The project is planned to include about 500 residential units, retail, a hotel, docks, and a promenade for public bike and pedestrian access. Knauf Shaw successfully represented the developer in Lighthouse Pointe Property Associates LLC v. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the first case heard by the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, on the issue of eligibility for the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP). On February 18, 2010, the Court rendered a decision unanimously overturning the NYSDEC administrative decision denying the Lighthouse site’s entry into the BCP, and ordering the sites into the program.

Site History The Site is situated on approximately 50 acres of land located in the City of Rochester and the Town of Irondequoit, Monroe County, New York. The Site has been commercially developed as a marina but is highly underutilized considering its size and its waterfront location. The Site is surrounded by residential and commercially developed properties that include a restaurant and plaza. Historic uses of the Site reportedly included a landfill and hazardous lead paint was added to the surface of the Site when DOTY sandblasted paint off of a bridge that spans a portion of the Site.

Remediation Hot spot remediation, capping and soil vapor mitigation are the planned remedial measures for the Site. The Site cover system will be completed as part of the planned development project, which is not yet slated for construction.