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ENB - Region 9 Notices 4/6/2011

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Erie County - The Empire State Development Corporation, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Richardson Olmsted Complex Civic and Land Use Improvement Project. The Final EIS is available at the following locations: Empire State Development Corporation Buffalo Office, 95 Perry Street, Buffalo; Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Central, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo and the Crane Branch, 633 Elmwood Avebue, Buffalo and online at: http://www.richardson-olmsted.com.

The action involves expending State funds administered by Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to stabilize, rehabilitate, and reuse the historic buildings and grounds of the Richardson Olmsted Complex (ROC), 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 (RCC), a not-for-profit corporation established to lead this effort.

Of the 91 acre facility, 42 acres ± including the 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 49 ± acres of the site are expected to be retained by their current owner.

The Project would also involve the transfer of property from the State to RCC that was declared as "surplus" by New York State Office of Mental Health. This includes transfer of 42 ± acres of land that contains the now vacant Buffalo State Hospital buildings.

All proposed efforts under the Project are an outgrowth of a Master Plan for the ROC prepared by the RCC, after the completion of a series of investigation, planning, and public/stakeholder coordination activities.

The project is located at 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) 284-2556.

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