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ENB - Region 4 Notices 12/23/2009

Negative Declaration

Delaware County - The Village of Fleischmanns, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 2009 Comprehensive Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of the Village's 2009 Comprehensive Plan. The project is located throughout the Village of Fleischmanns, New York.

Contact: Lorraine DeMarfio, Village of Fleishmanns, 1017 Main Street, P.O. Box 339, Fleischmanns, New York 12430, Phone: (845) 254-5514, E-mail: village39@catskill.net.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft Generic EIS and Public Hearing

Albany County - The State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed SUNY Albany Capital Project. A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held on January 14, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Room, SEFCU Arena, University at Albany, SUNY Campus. Written comments on the Draft GEIS will be accepted by the contact person listed below until January 22, 2009. Copies of the Draft GEIS are available on the University at Albany, SUNY web site at: http://www.albany.edu/facilities/dgeis/ and at hard copy repositories located at the University at Albany, SUNY Facilities Management Office and the Main Library on the Uptown Campus, the Guilderland Public Library, and the Hawley Library on the Downtown Campus.

The action involves the development of a Capital Project with a holistic perspective and encompasses the foreseeable capital needs of the Uptown campus over a five year planning horizon. The following list provides a summary of the projects that constitute this Capital Project Plan.

  1. Student Housing Project: Construction of new student housing facilities with approximately 500 apartment-style beds.
  2. Campus Center Master Plan: Construction of student activity and surge space of approximately 50,000 square foot under roof.
  3. Construct New Business School Building: Construct new 90,000 square foot academic facility.
  4. Relocate Data Center: Relocate campus Data Center to another site on campus.
  5. Implement Various Athletics Improvements: Phase series of improvements to athletics facilities.
  6. Purple Path Continuation: Construction of the Purple Path to encircle and incorporate pedestrian and bicycle paths around the perimeter of the Uptown Campus.
  7. Northern Landscape Improvement Project: Perform activities consistent with Landscape Master Plan.
  8. State Quad Parking Lot Expansion: Add approximately 250 spaces to west side of State Quad parking Lot.
  9. Multi-Discipline Science Surge Building: Construction of academic building of approximately 150,000 square foot to facilitate Podium renovations.
  10. Service Building Renovation: Add approximately 24,325 square foot addition for vehicle operations, small engine and metal shops.
  11. Entry Improvements: Improve entrance aesthetics and safety at Washington Avenue and Western Avenue.
  12. Bus Rapid Transit: Based on recommendations in the Harriman - University at Albany, SUNY Linkage Study, locate Bus Rapid Transit stations on campus.
  13. Bicycle-Pedestrian Path: Develop a network of paths, improving connections between each quad, the Podium, and the Purple Path.

The project is located on the SUNY Albany Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York.

Contact: Errol MIllington, SUNY Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Service Building A, Albany, NY 12222, Phone: (518) 442-3400, E-mail: EMillington@uamail.albany.edu.

Columbia County - The City of Hudson Common Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed City of Hudson Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held on January 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the J.L. Edwards School, 360 State Street, Hudson. Written comments on the Draft GEIS will be accepted until February 3, 2010. The Draft EIS is available from the contact person listed below and on line at: www.cityofhudson.org.

The action involves the adoption by the City of Hudson of the LWRP and associated amendments to the City Code and Charter, including amendments to the Zoning Code and Official Zoning Map and the adoption of Local Consistency Review Laws. The adoption of amendments to the City Code and Charter are necessary to implement the LWRP. The LWRP and amendments to the City Code and Charter are not site specific, but predominantly legislative and therefore, generic in nature. The Draft GEIS addresses area-wide impacts, such as impacts to traffic, city water and sewer infrastructure, and parking associated with adoption of the Proposed Action and alternatives to the Proposed Action. Specific future development projects within the LWRP will be subject to site-specific review under SEQR during their individual approvals processes and may necessitate preparation of a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

The Draft GEIS incorporates a more detailed analysis of potential environmental impacts from a proposal by O&G Industries, Inc. (O&G) to construct a truck route from its mining operations located in Greenport, New York to Hudson's deep water port, which is currently owned by Holcim U.S., Inc. (Holcim), through the South Bay causeway (South Bay Causeway Truck Route). The LWRP identifies the South Bay Causeway Truck Route as the preferred truck route through the City for O&G's materials, as opposed to the current truck route which traverses through some of the City's most crowded and disadvantaged neighborhoods.

The goal of the Proposed Action is to reconnect the Hudson River and the adjacent waterfront to the rest of the City. This goal will be achieved by: restoring transportation and pedestrian links; reconnecting hydrology; encouraging compatible residential, commercial and industrial uses within the LWRP area; restoring and maintaining the City's historic connection to the river for shipping; restoring and maintaining viewsheds to and from the waterfront and the river; and, improving existing and ensuring additional public access to the river and the entire waterfront for water dependant uses and enhanced recreational and other purposes wherever possible. The City's LWRP is intended to guide and support, through zoning changes and other implementing legislation (i.e. Charter amendments), development within the LWRP area which supports and continues the regional shift away from water dependant industrial uses to a mix of compatible, higher economically valued mixed uses. The City, therefore, proposes to rezone much of the land within the LWRP area from industrial use to zoning designations that provide for a mix of activities. The LWRP also includes policy language to ensure that any shipping or transportation activities within the LWRP area are compatible with the City's overall long term planning objectives. The project is located in the City of Hudson, New York with the LWRP Boundary Area being the entire State Coastal Area mapped in the City of Hudson, as well as two waterbodies located east of the boundary - Underhill Pond and Oakdale Beach.

Contact: Richard Scalera, City of Hudson, 520 Hudson Street, Hudson, NY 12534, Phone: (518) 828-1030.

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