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ENB - Region 3 Notices 6/15/2011

Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Dover Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Camp Ramah Master Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the Applicant, Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, has submitted an application for special permit approval and site plan approval of a master development plan for the proposed expansion of facilities at an existing 213 acre Camp Type I facility, including the construction of a new gymnasium, construction of a new welcome center and administration building, construction of a nature building, construction of new bunk facilities, and construction of a new high ropes course. The site is located in the RU and RC Zoning Districts, and is a permitted use subject to special permit approval in those districts. The project is located at 91 Ramah Road in Wingdale, New York.

Contact: Betty Ann Sherer, 126 East Duncan Hill Road, Dover Plains, NY 12522, Phone: (845) 632-6111 ext. 100, E-mail: planningarb@townofdoverny.us.

Westchester County - The Town of Greenburgh Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed "Life...the Place to Be" Special Permit, Wetland/Watercourse Permit and Special Permit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a special permit (Zoning Board of Appeals Approval, pursuant to section 285-33(A)(2)(b) of the Town Code), wetland/watercourse permit, and shared parking waiver pursuant to section 285-38D(5), for a proposal consisting of the paving of eighty-two (82) off-street parking spaces and related stormwater facilities in connection with an existing 30,947 square foot building, of which, the applicant currently leases approximately 26,000 square foot. The applicant currently operates a special events and family entertainment center known as "Life...the Place to Be." Thirty-five (35) of the new parking spaces to be paved are located within a wetland buffer. The applicant proposes approximately 12,000 square feet of disturbance in the wetland buffer. The project will require the importation of approximately 353 cubic yards of fill, and will therefore require a Fill Permit to be issued by the Town of Greenburgh Bureau of Engineering. The applicant is requesting a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals to allow a cabaret use. If the cabaret use is permitted, the applicant requests that forty-five (45) parking spaces be waived by the Town of Greenburgh Planning Board as part of a shared parking waiver, pursuant to Section 285-38(D)(5) of the Town Code. The property consists of approximately 249,825 square feet in the GI General Industrial District.

The project is located at 2 Lawrence Street in Ardsley, Town of Greenburgh, New York.

Contact: Thomas Madden, Town of Greenburgh, 177 Hillside Avenue, Greenburgh, NY 10607, Phone: (914) 993-1505, E-mail: tmadden@greenburghny.com.

Westchester County - The Village of Scarsdale, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Fox Meadow Detention Improvement Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of large dry detention basins in the Fox Meadow Brook corridor as well as a rain garden at one of the detention basin sites. The scope of work also includes the cleaning and restoration of the open watercourse. This work will help attenuate peak flows, reduce run off and improve water quality in a known Flood Zone location. The dry detention basins will include bio retention areas, outfall structures and enhanced landscaping to create areas suitable for passive recreation. The project is located from the White Plains border south to the Bronx River in the Village of Scarsdale, New York.

Contact: John D. Goodwin, Village of Scarsdale, 1001 Post Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583, Phone: (914) 722-1110, E-mail: jgoodwin@scarsdale.com.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Orange County - The Town of Warwick Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on July 20, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway, Warwick, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until August 3, 2011. The Draft EIS is available from the Town of Warwick Planning Department, Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway, Warwick, NY 10990 and on line at: http://www.townofwarwick.org.

The action involves locating the world headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses to a tract of land, formerly owned by the International Nickel Company (INCO) in the Sterling Forest State Park area of the Town of Warwick. The proposed World Headquarters will provide space for a religious administrative campus comprised of approximately 8 buildings along with several accessory site structures constructed on approximately 45 acres of the 253 acre site. The proposed project is intended to relocate the offices of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses and various supporting departments and committees from Brooklyn, NY to a rural setting in closer proximity to the Jehovah's Witnesses two other upstate facilities in Shawangunk, NY and Patterson, NY. The project is located at 1 Kings Drive in the Town of Warwick, New York.

Contact: Connie Sardo, Town of Warwick, 132 Kings Highway, Warwick, NY 10990, Phone: (845) 986-1124, E-mail: towplanning@yahoo.com.

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