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ENB - Region 9 Notices 2/18/2009

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Erie County - The Empire State Development Corporation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Canal Side 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 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2009. A public scoping session will be held on February 25, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Waterfront School, 95 4th Street, Buffalo, New York. A draft Scoping Document has been prepared and is available at www.eriecanalharbor.com. The action involves the development of 725,000 - 950,000 square feet of retail, cultural, residential, and office space on 18 development parcels within approximately 20 acres of land in downtown Buffalo that would be designed to evoke Buffalo's heritage as a "gateway to the west" for commerce, transportation and immigration. Overall, the project would provide various year round offerings and experiences, including restaurants, entertainment venues, retail outlets, cultural attractions, public spaces and increased access to Lake Erie and the Buffalo River appealing to a wide demographic of visitors and residents. The project would create a series of walkable "neighborhood districts" which would be defined by the historical street grid, expansive public access areas and convenient, yet unobtrusive vehicle parking options.

It is anticipated that Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC), a subsidiary of ESDC, would adopt a General Project Plan (GPP). The Proposed Action would also involve: disposition by the various state and local agencies of certain owned property to ECHDC within the Project Area; Public Authorities Control Board approval; and provision of state funding for Project elements. The project is located on Lower Main Street in the City of Buffalo, New York.

Contact: Matthew N. Donovan, ECHDC, 95 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, Phone: (716) 486-8258, E-mail: mdavison@empire.state.ny.us.

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