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ENB - Region 9 Notices 12/9/2009

Negative Declaration

Erie County - The Town of Aurora, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Aurora Consolidated Municipal Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the creation of a consolidated municipal center that will combine the Town of Aurora Hall, Village of East Aurora Hall and Aurora Town Public Library into one building. The center will consist of the existing library building with two one-story additions, one approximately 18,650 square feet and the other approximately 1,300 square feet, for a total building square footage of 27,450. The project will require 3 parcels in addition to the library parcel and involves the realignment of Whaley Avenue. One of the parcels utilitized had been impacted by a former gas station and a nearby dry cleaing operation. Petroleum-impacted soil and groundwater associated with the former gas station was remediated to the satisfaction of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC). Groundwater impacted by the dry cleaners has been undergoing remediation and monitoring by NYS DEC for several years. With the approval of NYS DEC the proposed project will require relocation of some remedial/monitoring wells and precautionary vapor barriers and venting will be included in the construction. The project is located at 550 Main Street in East Aurora, New York.

Contact: Dwight D. Krieger, Town of Aurora, 5 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052, Phone: (718) 652-7590.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Erie County - The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Richardson Olmsted Complex Master Plan 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 January 15, 2010. A public scoping session will be held on December 17, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY. A draft Scoping Document has been prepared and is available at: www.richardson-olmsted.com and during normal business hours at the Central and Crane branches of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.

The action involves expending State funds administered by Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to undertake activities that are an outgrowth of the Richardson Olmsted Complex Master Plan, prepared by the Richardson Center Corporation (RCC), a not-for-profit organization established in 2006. The Master Plan involves a program for the stabilization, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of the H.H. Richardson designed buildings and the Frederick Law Olmsted designed grounds comprising the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane located in the City of Buffalo. The Master Plan seeks ways to reuse the existing H.H. Richardson designed buildings (487,000 gross square feet) and aspires to integrate additional facilities in a manner complimentary to the original spirit of the site.

In conjunction with the draft generic environmental impact statement, it is anticipated that ESDC will adopt a General Project Plan (GPP) that will outline sources and uses of funds to be provided to RCC to undertake activities to advance the Master Plan. The proposed action would also involve: disposition by various state agencies of surplus lands within the project area to the RCC; rezoning of the surplus lands to support new land uses; and Public Authorities Control Board approval of State funding for Master Plan elements. The project is located on Forest Avenue in the City of Buffalo, New York.

Contact: Paul Tronolone, ESDC, 95 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, Phone: (716) 284-2556, E-mail: ptronolone@empire.state.ny.us.

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