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ENB - Region 9 Notices 03/10/2010

Public Notice

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 24 (Freshwater Wetlands Act) of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law and the Freshwater Wetlands Mapping and Classification Regulations (6 NYCRR Part 664) that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to amend Erie County Freshwater Wetland Map 8 of 31 originally filed in 1986. The wetland amendment would consist of adding Wetland LA-18 as a Class 2 wetland to the maps. Maps showing the proposed revisions are available at the clerks' offices in the Town of Lancaster and Erie County, as well as at the NYS DEC - Region 9 Office, Buffalo, NY. Written comments on the accuracy of the proposed change to the map may be mailed to the person listed below. All comments received through April 2, 2010 will be considered. Pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 664, once the announcement of a proposed amendment has been made, no activity subject to regulation under the Freshwater Wetlands Act may be initiated without a permit from NYS DEC within the area that is the subject of the proposal (including the regulated 100 foot adjacent area) until the Commissioner has either amended the map or denied the amendment.

Contact: Chuck Rosenburg. NYS DEC - Region 9 Office, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203, Phone: (716) 851-7010, Fax: (716) 851-7005, E-mail: r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 24 (Freshwater Wetlands Act) of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law and the Freshwater Wetlands Mapping and Classification Regulations (6 NYCRR Part 664) that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to amend Niagara County Freshwater Wetland Maps 14 and 15 of 18 originally filed in 1984. The wetland amendment would consist of adding Wetlands TE-39, TE-40, TE-41, TE-43, and TW-31 as Class 2 wetlands to the maps. Maps showing the proposed revisions are available at the clerks' offices in the City of Tonawanda, Town of Wheatfield, and Erie County, as well as at the NYS DEC - Region 9 Office, Buffalo, NY. Written comments on the accuracy of the proposed changes to the maps may be mailed to the person listed below. All comments received through April 10, 2010 will be considered. Pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 664, once the announcement of a proposed amendment has been made, no activity subject to regulation under the Freshwater Wetlands Act may be initiated without a permit from NYSDEC within the area that is the subject of the proposal (including the regulated 100 foot adjacent area) until the Commissioner has either amended the maps or denied the amendments.

Contact: Kenneth Roblee, Region 9 Office, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203, Phone: (716) 851-7010, Fax: (716) 851-7005, E-mail: r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

Erie County - The City of Buffalo Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lafayette Hotel will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by Signature Development for the restoration and reconstruction of the Lafayette Hotel building. Signature Development's representative, Rocco Termini has a purchase contract for the property with a closing to be scheduled pending Site plan Review and the finalization of financing. Carmina Wood Morris, PC is responsible and has been retained to proceed with development of the design and construction documents required to implement the buildings adaptive reuse into a mixed use development. The project includes restored banquet facilities located at the east end of the first floor, commercial space, including the Lafayette Tap room at the west end of the first floor, a locally operated boutique hotel with 26 suites located on the second floor and residential apartments on the upper floors (23 per floor). The projects development schedule is not yet complete as the start dates are contingent on securing the financing currently under negotiation. The budget is currently estimated at approximately $30,000,000 all of which will be financed by Signature Development through a combination of private and public sources. The project financing includes offsets through Federal and New York State Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The exterior of the building will be completely restored including masonry cleaning/re-pointing and the restoration of the historic windows (new windows will be installed where existing windows are missing or are non historic); the original storefronts along Washington Street and Clinton Street will be recreated based on photographic evidence. New commercial space is planned for the east end of the buildings basement where the surrounding grade drops sufficiently to allow street-level access along Ellicott Street. Provisions for parking are currently being negotiated with the City of Buffalo; available space is targeted in the surface lot directly across Ellicott Street on the property that extends from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority building (NFTA). The project is located at 391 Washington Street in the City of Buffalo, New York.

Contact: Martin Grunzweig, City of Buffalo, City Hall Room 901, Buffalo, NY 14202, Phone: (716) 851-5085.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Cattaraugus County - The Town of Allegany Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Allegany Wind Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on April 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at 3790 Birch Run Road, Allegany, NY 14706. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until May 3, 2010. The Draft EIS is available at the following locations:

Allegany Town Hall
52 West Main Street
Allegany, NY 14760

Allegany Public Library
90 West Main Street
Allegany, NY 14760

Friedsam Memorial Library
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

Online: http://www.alleganywindfarm.com/

The action involves the construction and operation of 29 wind turbine generators and associated facilities capable of producing and delivering up to 72.5 megawatts (MW) of electrical power to the New York state power grid. The project is located on approximately 9,119 acres of leased private land in the Town of Allegany, in southern Cattaraugus County. The proposed location for project components is located on multiple parcels in the southwestern portion of the Town of Allegany (with the transmission line and association substation extending into the Town of Olean). The Project is bordered to the south by the Pennsylvania state line, to the west by the Carrollton town line, to the north by private land bordering Chipmonk Road, and to the east by private land bordering New York State Route 16.

Contact: Carol Horowitz, Town of Allegany, Allegany Town Hall, 52 West Main Street, Allegany, NY 14706, Phone: (716) 373-2289.




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