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ENB - Region 4 Notices 11/17/2010

Public Notice

Notice of Draft Permit Availability for Review

Applicant and SEQR Lead Agency: New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373 (NYSDEC Application #0-9999-00051/00001/ NYCDEP CEQR No: 10DEP046U)

Title of Action: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Water Supply Permit Application Decision
New York City Department of Environmental Protection: Continued funding and implementation of the New York City Watershed Land Acquisition Program

Public Notice and Public Comment: A public notice for this project application and Draft EIS was published on June 23, 2010 in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYS DEC) Environmental Notice Bulletin, the City Record, and in local newspapers located within the New York City Watershed. The notice provided for written comments to be submitted by the public by July 30, 2010. The public comment period was extended to September 15, 2010 and subsequently to October 22, 2010 and again to November 22, 2010. A draft Water Supply permit is available for review and written comments must be submitted by November 22, 2010.

The draft permit is available for review on the NYS DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html under Regions 3 and 4, and is also linked through New York City Department of Environmental Permit's (NYC DEP) website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_reviews/lap.shtml which contains the Draft EIS and Waters Supply Permit application as well as the following project information/public review repositories listed below:

Delaware County Office of Watershed Affairs
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 3
Delhi, NY 13753

Hunter Town Hall
5748 State Rte. 23A
Tannersville, N.Y. 12485

Gilboa Town Hall
373-1 State Route 990V
Gilboa, NY 12076

Neversink Town Hall
273 Main Street
Grahamsville, NY 12740

NYC DEP
71 Smith Ave
Kingston, NY 12401

Putnam County Office Building
40 Gleneida Avenue, 3rd Floor
Carmel, New York 10512

Written Comments: All comments must be filed with the NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, Region 4 Stamford Sub Office, 65561 State Highway 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Attention: Martha A. Bellinger. All written comments must be submitted (postmarked) by no later than November 22, 2010. Comments may also be submitted in electronic form to: r4dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

For Further Information, Please Contact: Martha A. Bellinger, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, Region 4 Stamford Sub Office, 65561 State Highway 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Phone: (607) 652-7741, E-mail: mabellin@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

Albany County - The State University of New York (SUNY) University at Albany, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Fuller Road Management Corporation, Northerly Expansion Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. Albany County is undertaking a project to relocate Washington Avenue Extension in the vicinity of its intersection with Fuller Road. The objective of this action by the County is to improve traffic flow and safety in this section of Washington Avenue. The property to be used for the relocation of the Washington Avenue Extension is owned by the State of New York; and it is planned for exchange with the County for the property that will become available when the old Washington Avenue Extension is abandoned. As a result of this relocation and reconstruction project by the County, the acreage between the Fuller Road Management Corporation's (FRMC) nanotech research facility and the relocated roadway (which area presently includes the operational Washington Avenue Extension) will become available for alternative uses. As recently authorized by the New York State Legislature, FRMC proposes to expand its present nanotech research facility northward, utilizing an area that will be approximately 11 acres in total; this area will include that portion of the existing Washington Avenue Extension and its right-of-way (approximately 5.9 acres) that has been developed and used as a transportation corridor for many years. Therefore, while the proposed development will be a different use than at present, approximately 5.1 net acres will be subject to development that is not presently developed.

FRMC, as the Applicant, proposes a project that will be completed in two phases:

Phase 1 - The Applicant proposes to construct a new clean room with a footprint of approximately 25,000 square feet plus support space on the north side of the present Washington Avenue. The total building will contain approximately 191,000 gross square feet, and will include two levels in addition to the operating level. This building would be constructed while the present Washington Avenue Extension is still operational. Included in this phase will be a pedestrian bridge over the present Washington Avenue Extension since there will be no employee parking provided on the north side of Washington Avenue Extension. Access for construction vehicles to the site will be by a right in-right out only driveway, initially for construction and later for service vehicles and deliveries. An expansion of FRMC's Central Utility Building on its existing campus will be included in this phase, as will construction of an approximately 20,000 square feet maintenance/storage building west of the Central Utility Building.

Phase 2 - The Applicant proposes to construct two new mixed use buildings totaling approximately 300,000 sf. A parking deck for approximately 510 cars will be constructed, as well as an additional ground level parking lot for approximately 62 cars. As a result of the construction of new driveways and access roadways within the campus, approximately 79 existing parking spaces will be eliminated. Additional aspects of Phase 2 of this proposal will include:
• A small expansion to the Hazardous Production Material Building located south of the present Washington Avenue
• An additional concrete pad in the gas yard south of the existing Washington Avenue to accommodate additional gas tanks

FRMC has indicated that construction on Phase 2 of this proposal will not be initiated unless and until the County's project to relocate Washington Avenue Extension is approved and has commenced.

The location of the proposed project is in the vicinity of the intersection of Washington Avenue and Fuller Road in the City of Albany, New York.

Contact: Errol Millington, SUNY Albany, SBA Suite 107, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222, E-mail: EMillinton@uamail.albany.edu.



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