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ENB - Region 7 Notices

Negative Declaration

Tompkins County - The Town of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a Site Plan Approval and Special Permit from the Town of Ithaca Planning Board and a Height Variance from the Town of Ithaca Zoning Board of Appeals for the proposed Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center located off Caldwell Road in the northeast corner of the College of Veterinary Medicine Complex, a Low Density Residential Zone. The proposal includes the demolition of several small cinder block buildings for the construction of a new +/- 126,000 square foot, +/- 70 foot tall, facility to include laboratories (rated with Biological Safety Levels of 2 and 3) and office space. The primary use of the facility will be for veterinary disease diagnostic programs associated with necropsy and histopathology, and will also include teaching programs and other research and support activities. The building will be physically connected to the existing Schurman Hall, associated with the Veterinary College. The project will consolidate 70 existing parking spaces currently scattered throughout the site, and add approximately 8 new spaces (4 handicapped spaces and 4 short term drop off spaces). The project will also include development of new stormwater management facilities. The project is located on Caldwell Road in the Town of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: Michael Smith, Town of Ithaca, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, Phone: (607) 273-1747, E-mail: msmith@town.ithaca.ny.us.

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