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ENB - Region 3 Notices 10/29/2008

Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Town of Poughkeepsie Planning Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Marist College North Campus Parking Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the expansion and redevelopment of an existing parking area. The project is located at 3399, 3499 and 3491 North Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York.

Contact: Eric Hollman, Town of Poughkeepsie Planning Department, 1 Overocker Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, Phone: (845) 485-3657, E-mail: ehollman@townofpoughkeepsie-ny.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Westchester County - The Yonkers Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed South Westchester Executive Park Expansion/Seton Pediatric Center may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until November 17, 2008. A public scoping session will be held on October 29, 2008 at the Yonkers City Hall, 40 South Broadway, 4th Floor, Yonkers, NY 10701. Copies of the Scoping Document are available for review at:

Yonkers Public Library
Riverfront Branch
1 Larkin Center
Yonkers, NY 10701

Yonkers Public Library
Will Library Branch
1500 Central Park Avenue,
Yonkers, NY 10701

On-line at: www.yonkersny.gov

The action involves the amendment of the comprehensive development plan for the existing South Westchester Executive Park (SWEP). Currently there is a limit on the developable square footage within the park of 1,172,000 square feet. The applicants are seeking to increase that number by 817,000 square foot, bringing the total allowed floor area within SWEP to 1,984,840. SWEP is at or near the maximum developable square footage. The proposed change to the comprehensive plan was precipitated by both the applicant's desire to expand the site as well as for a specific private project which would not be possible without amending the plan. That project, the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center (ESPC), is a proposal to construct a 200,000 square foot, 6 to 7 story, children's hospital/school/residential use. All other buildings are conceptual. The project is located in the South Westchester Executive Park in the City of Yonkers, New York.

Contact: Lee J. Ellman, Yonkers Planning Board, 87 Nepperhan Avenue, Suite 320, Yonkers, NY 10701, Phone: (914) 377-6557, E-mail: Lee.Ellman.@yonkersny.gov.


Westchester County - The Town of Somers Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Alexan Somers Woods may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on November 5, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589. A copy of the Scoping Document may be viewed at the offices of the Town of Somers Town Board, Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers, New York 10589 during normal business hours. Comments may be mailed to the attention of contact person listed below.

The action involves the approval of a Zoning Map amendment and a Preliminary Development Concept Plan for the development of an approximately 26.68 acre site. The site is presently located in the Residence R-40 District and the Residence R-80 District, and is currently undeveloped. The proposal involves changes in the zoning district designation of the subject site resulting in approximately 23.7 ± acres being rezoned to the Multifamily Residence Hamlet MFR-H District and another 3.0 ± acres being rezoned to the Neighborhood Shopping NS District. The site contains approximately 5.2 acres of wetlands; 9% of the subject site contains slopes of 15% or greater; and the site is located within the Town's Groundwater Protection Overlay District. The Preliminary Development Concept Plan for the site involves the proposed development of 118 residential dwelling units on the portion of the property that is proposed for the MFR-H District zoning. Of the total residential units, 5 one-bedroom units and 14 two-bedroom units are proposed to qualify as "affordable" housing under Westchester County guidelines. The Preliminary Development Concept Plan for the site also involves an approximately 40,000 square foot supermarket on the portion of the property that is proposed for the NS District zoning. Vehicular access to the proposed development is planned from N.Y. Route 100 and U.S. Route 202. The Proposed Action also involves the approval of an expansion to the Heritage Hills Sewer District and the Heritage Hills Water District. The project is located in the southwesterly quadrant of Routes 202 and 100 in the Town of Somers, New York.

Contact: Mary Beth Murphy, Town of Somers, Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589, E-mail: Supervisor@SomersNY.com.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Ulster County - The Town of Shawangunk Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Watchtower Farms Improvements. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on November 5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shawangunk Town Hall, Central Avenue, Wallkill, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until November 21, 2008. A copy of the Draft EIS may be reviewed at the following locations:

Shawangunk Town Hall
14 Central Avenue
Wallkill, NY 12589

Wallkill Public Library
7 Bona Ventura Avenue (Route 208)
Wallkill, NY 12589

The following websites: www.timmillerassociates.com
www.shawangunk.org

The applicant, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc. is seeking Special Use Permit and Site Plan Approval for 300 multiple family dwellings to be constructed in a three (3) story residential building attached to an existing residential building. The Applicant also proposes to construct and expand various ancillary uses including but not limited to a two (2) story parking garage with 400 spaces, three (3) story accessory building with basement, recreation building, technical equipment building, with proposed additions to existing dining room and laundry and dry cleaning buildings.

The proposed development is situated on a portion of the Applicant's 1,141 ± acre landholding. The application involves land already developed within the Watchtower Farms residential campus complex, except some disturbance of lands in agricultural or vacant use can be anticipated at the periphery of the proposed development area. As per the Town of Shawangunk zoning law, the property is zoned Residential Agricultural (Rag-4). The project is on the Watchtower Farms residential campus complex which maintains frontage on Red Mills Road and is located north east of the Bruyn Turnpike in the Town of Shawangunk, New York.

Contact: Kris Pederson, Town of Shawangunk Planning Board, Shawangunk Town Hall, 14 Central Avenue, Wallkill, NY 12589, Phone: (845) 895-3356.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Westchester County - The New Rochelle City Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Amendments to Downtown Density Bonus Overlay Zone. The action involves the potential amendments to the DDB Overlay Zone that would permit an FAR bonus of up to 6.0 FAR (to a total maximum of 11.5 FAR) in the DMUR Zoning District and additional height of up to 500 feet in the DMU and DMUR Zoning District. Other amendments to the DDB Overlay would clarify that FAR and/or height bonuses are not to be considered as-of-right subject to simple consistency with Special Permit standards, but are granted solely at the discretion of the City Council based upon a number of objective and legislative policy factors relating to the Public Benefits offered in return for the bonuses. The Proposed Action also includes the possibility of attainment of certain "green building" standards defined by the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program or equivalent as "Public Benefits" for which density bonuses may be sought in the DB, DMU, and DMUR Zoning Districts. The project is located throughout the City of New Rochelle, New York.

Contact: Suzanne D'Amato, New Rochelle City Council, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Phone: (914) 654-2023, E-mail: sdamato@ci.new-rochelle.ny.us.



Westchester County - The New Rochelle City Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed LeCount Square. A public hearing on the Final EIS will be held on November 10, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers, City Hall, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Written comments on the Final EIS will be accepted until November 20, 2008. A hard copy of the FEIS is available at the following locations: New Rochelle City Hall and the New Rochelle Public Library. The online version of the FEIS is available at the following publicly accessible web site: http://www.newrochelleny.com/eimpact.asp.

The action involves the redevelopment of the LeCount Place/Anderson Street block, and the bed and right-of-way of existing Anderson Street, with a 1,021,000 square foot mixed-use project containing retail, restaurant, office, residential, hotel and parking components. The project would also involve the relocation of Anderson Street northward approximately 50 feet in order to align it with the New Street entrance to New Roc City. The retail component of the project includes 176,000 square feet of space designed to accommodate a mix of tenants including restaurant, smaller boutique and medium sized retailers, and large-format retailers. The office component would accommodate 330,000 square feet of space. The residential component would include 243 units, and the hotel would contain 150 rooms. On-site parking would be principally provided on four levels below-grade. The project would also utilize existing available spaces in the New Roc City garage. The project is located in the LeCount/Anderson block bounded by Huguenot Street, LeCount Place, Anderson Street, and North Avenue, 2 Anderson Street and the adjacent Anderson Street and LeCount Place in New Rochelle, New York.

Contact: Craig King, New Rochelle City Council, City Hall, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Phone: (914) 654-2182.



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