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ENB - Region 9 Notices 12/29/2010

Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS and Public Hearing

Erie County - The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Richardson Olmsted Complex Civic and Land Use Improvement Project. A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held on January 6, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Written comments on the Draft GEIS will be accepted until January 17, 2011. Copies of the Draft GEIS are available at the ESDC Buffalo Office, 65 Perry Street, Buffalo; Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Central, 1 Lafayette Street, Buffalo; Crane Branch Library, 633 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo and on on line at: http://www.richardson-olmstead.com.

The action involves expending State funds administered by ESDC to stabilize, rehabilitate and reuse the historic buildings and grounds of the the Richardson Olmsted Complex consisting of a series of former Buffalo State hospital buildings (designed by Henry Hobson Richardson) and grounds (designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux). These buildings and grounds are collectively designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) and are listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places (S/NRHP). All ESDC funds for the project are being provided to the Richardson Center Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation established to lead this effort.

Of the 91 acre facility 38 ± acres - including NHL and S/NRHP listed Buffalo State Hospital (480,000 square feet of vacant building space) and grounds - have been designated as "surplus" property by New York State Office of Mental Health and are available for redevelopment. The remaining 53 ± acres of the site are expected to be retained by their current owner.

The project will also involve the transfer of property from the State to Richardson Center Corporation that was declared as "surplus" by the New York State Office of Mental Health. This includes the transfer of 38 ± acres of land that contains the now vacant Buffalo State Hospital buildings. Additionally Richardson Center Corporation has requested from the State the additional trnasfer of 4.6 ± acres of land adjoining the "surplus" area, which comprises a portion of the original "South Lawn" area of the facility. An addtional 2.6 ± acres of land off of Rockwell Road may transfer to Richardson Center Corporation in the future.

The project is located 400 Forest Avenue in the City of Buffalo, New York.

Contact: Paul J. Tronolone, City of Buffalo, 95 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, Phone: (716) 284-2558.

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