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ENB - Region 4 Notices 1/21/2009

Public Notice

Notice of Availability of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Region 4 Quarterly Reports of Administrative Use of Motor Vehicles and Aircraft in the Forest Preserve:

In compliance with NYS DEC Commissioner Policy-17, the activity logs documenting the administrative use of motor vehicles and aircraft within the Forest Preserve in NYS DEC Region 4 (Greene and Delaware Counties) for the time period, October 2008 through December 2008, and two Activity Logs from June and July 2008, are available for review by contacting Frank Parks at the NYS DEC office in Stamford. The address is: NYS DEC, Division of Lands and Forests, 65561 State Highway 10, Suite 1, Stamford, NY 12167-9503, Phone: (607) 652-3698, E-mail: feparks@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

Columbia County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Vita Pond Site will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the modification of an existing permit for a 4.3 acre life of mine humus mine, to add 2.5 acres to the life of mine, for a total life of mine area of 6.8 acres. The additional acreage will be located southwest of the existing pond. This additional acreage is currently being used to stockpile the excavated humus, which must be removed from the wetland and buffer area. The project is located on the Vita property on Karwacki Road in the Town of Gallatin, New York.

Contact: Patricia Pinder, NYS DEC - Region 4, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2447.


Otsego County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Town of Butternuts - Bank #2 Mined Land Reclamation Permit Renewal and Modification will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal to renew and modify the permit for an existing 12.84 acre sand and gravel mine. Applicant is requesting authorization for on-site processing of excavated materials. The use of crushing and screening equipment was referenced in prior application documents but was not referenced in previous permits. The equipment has been in use at the site for many years. Approximately 9,000 cubic yards of materials are screened and 10,000 cubic yards of materials are crushed annually. No other changes in the method or intensity of mining are proposed. The project is located on County Route 18 in the Town of Butternuts, New York.

Contact: Patricia Pinder, NYS DEC - Region 4, 1130 North Wescott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2447, E-mail: papinder@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Positive Declaration

Albany County - The City of Albany Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Albany Medical Center Hospital New Patient Wing may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves a proposal by Albany Medical Center Hospital to construct a new wing to be located contiguous to its existing hospital facilities. The project will consist of a new six story, 325,000 square foot addition for patient care services including a ten story elevator tower. The project also involves demolition of Building 'U', an existing 65,000 square foot building that was built in 1963. The project is located at 43 New Scotland Avenue in the City of Albany, New York.

Contact: John Szczesny, City of Albany, 21 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207, Phone (518) 434-2532, ext. 14, E-mail: szczesnyj@ci.albany.ny.us.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS and Public Hearing

Rensselaer County - The City of Rensselaer Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Marx Properties Riverfront Development / DeLaet's Landing. A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held on February 24, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. on the First Floor of the City of Rensselaer City Hall, 62 Washington Street, Rensselaer, New York. Written comments on the Draft GEIS will be accepted by the contact person listed below until 4:30 p.m. on March 13, 2009. Copies of the DGEIS will be available for review at the City of Rensselaer Office of Planning & Development on the second floor of City Hall at 62 Washington Street and at the City of Rensselaer Library at 810 Broadway. The public may also find information on the project at: http://groups.google.com/group/renriver where copies of or links to documents for public view can be obtained.

The action involves the sponsor, Marx Properties, proposal to construct a mixed use waterfront district on a 27 acre site (shorelines to be reconfigured and engineered with public esplanade) for the following site plan program elements: 515 residential units, 165,000 square feet of retail space, 250,000 square feet of office space, 1,830 parking spaces and 300 hotel rooms. The project is located on the grounds of the former Rensselaer High School, on the east shore of the Hudson River roughly between the Dunn Memorial Bridge and the Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge and opposite the City of Albany's riverfront amphitheater. The local address of the site is 575 Broadway in the City of Rensselaer, New York.

Contact: Marybeth Pettit, City of Rensselaer, 62 Washington Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144, Phone: (518) 465-1693, E-mail: crenplan@gmail.com.



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