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ENB - Region 3 Notices 4/6/2011

Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Town of Red Hook Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Purchase of Development Rights on Trezza Farm will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the purchase of development rights and establishment of a conservation easement on the Trezza Farm to preserve 114.5 acres of working farmland currently used for the production of high quality timothy and alfalfa hay product. The purchase of development rights will restrict the use of the land to agricultural and other open space uses, supporting the continued agricultural use of the property while preserving a significant viewshed on West Kerley Corners Road. The project is one of eight purchase of development rights projects being pursued to protect said viewshed and is a joint project between the Dutchess Land Conservancy, Scenic Hudson Land Trust, the Town of Red Hook and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project is located at 77 West Kerley Corners Road in the Town of Red Hook, New York.

Contact: Sue T. Crane, Town of Red Hook, 740 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571, Phone: (845) 758-4622, E-mail: scrane@redhook.org.


Dutchess County - The Town of Red Hook Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Purchase of Development Rights on Panorama/Jones Farm will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the purchase of development rights and establishment of a conservation easement on the Panorama/Jones Farm to preserve 67 acres of working farmland currently used as an equine facility. The purchase of development rights will restrict the use of the land to agricultural and other open space uses, supporting the continued agricultural use of the property while preserving a significant viewshed on West Kerley Corners Road. The project is one of eight purchase of development rights projects being pursued to protect said viewshed and is a joint project between the Dutchess Land Conservancy, Scenic Hudson Land Trust, the Town of Red Hook and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project is located at 48 Panorama Drive in the Town of Red Hook, New York.

Contact: Sue T. Crane, Town of Red Hook, 740 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571, Phone: (845) 758-4622, E-mail: scrane@redhook.org.


Ulster County - The Town of New Paltz Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Mohonk Gatehouse Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application for a Site Plan Approval to construct a new gatehouse for the Mohonk Mountain House. The gatehouse was destroyed by a propane tank explosion in September 2010, and was later completely demolished. The applicant proposes to construct a completely new gatehouse within essentially the same footprint as the previous one as well as improve guest check-in by separating vehicular traffic, installing a canopy over the check-in lane nearest the gatehouse, landscaping improvements and architectural improvements.

The Mohonk Gatehouse is located within Mohonk Mountain House National Historic Site property boundary. The applicant will be constructing a new gatehouse in the historic style of the Mountain House; however, it would include the improvements for the guests mentioned above. The proposed action was reviewed and accepted by the Town of New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission who agreed that the project would be in keeping with the historic qualities of the Mountain House.

The project is located at 1000 Mountain Rest Road in the Town of New Paltz, New York.

Contact: Laura Petit, Town of New Paltz, P.O. Box 550, 1 Veterans Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 255-3078, E-mail: planzoneboard@townofnewpaltz.org.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Westchester County - The Town of New Castle Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Chappaqua Crossing #2 (Proposed Multi-Use Development on Former Reader's Digest Headquarters Site). A hard copy of the Final EIS is available at the Town of New Castle Town Clerk, New Castle Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY 10514 and the Chappaqua Library, 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY 10514. The online version of the Final EIS is available at the following publicly accessible web site: http://chappaquacrossingreview.mynewcastle.org/.

The action involves the potential adoption of amendments to the Town of New Castle Town Development Plan, potential adoption of Zoning Map amendments to reduce the area of the existing B-RO-20 District and to change the zoning district designation of portions of the existing B-RO-20 District and the existing R-1A District to the proposed MFPD District, the potential approval of one or more variances from the existing provisions of the New Castle Town Code to permit occupancy of the existing office building by more than four tenants without regard to floor area restrictions and potential approval of a subdivision, site development plan and environmental permits required to implement a proposed site-specific development plan. This combination of actions is required and/or proposed by the Applicant in order to authorize redevelopment of the subject site as a mixed use project. The subject property totals approximately 119.7 acres and includes the 114 acre Reader's Digest corporate campus, one additional undeveloped 2 acre lot and four adjoining residential properties containing three single family dwellings. The subject site is located in the B-RO-20 and the R-1A Zoning Districts.

The Proposed Action's commercial component would retain approximately 520,000 square feet of multi-tenancy office space in existing office buildings (of which approximately 296,000 square feet is occupied by Reader's Digest under a long-term lease). The residential component would consist of the construction of 278 two and three bedroom residential dwelling units, 88% of which are proposed to be senior housing (i.e., restricted in occupancy to at least one primary occupant aged 55 years and older with no resident under the age of 18), and 12% of which are proposed for "workforce" family housing. Twenty percent of the residential units (all of the workforce units and a portion of the senior units) would meet Westchester County "affordable housing" eligibility criteria. Of the total number of proposed residential units, 234 are proposed to be located in eight three story buildings with underground parking; the remaining 44 dwelling units are proposed to be two story townhouses with individual garages. The Proposed Action also includes a new clubhouse and other ancillary improvements, including on and off site sidewalk, road, and buffer landscaping improvements. The Proposed Action would require the demolition of two existing commercial buildings (totaling approximately 153,300 square feet), as well as the existing auditorium, maintenance garage, and Bedford Valley House (totaling approximately 23,300 square feet), and several existing parking areas.

Primary access to the subject site is proposed from the existing site entrances at Bedford Road (NYS Route 117) north of Roaring Brook Road and off Roaring Brook Road just east of the Saw Mill River Parkway. The existing south entry drive on Roaring Brook Road west of the access drive to Horace Greeley High School would be used only for emergency access. The project is located generally east of the Metro-North Harlem Division railroad line and Saw Mill River Parkway, north of Roaring Brook Road, and west of Bedford Road/NYS Route 117 and Cowdin Lane in the Town of New Castle, New York.

Contact: Jill Simon Shapiro, Town of New Castle, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY 10514, Phone: (914) 238-4772, E-mail: chappaquacrossing@mynewcastle.org.


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