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ENB - Region 1 Notices 6/29/2011

Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS and Public Hearing

Suffolk County - The Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Village of Farmingdale Downtown Master Plan/Brownfield Opportunity Area Nomination Study. A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held on July 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735. Written comments on the Draft GEIS will be accepted by the contact person listed below until July 22, 2011. Copies of the Draft GEIS are available at Village Hall and the Farmingdale Public Library, as well as electronically on the Village of Farmingdale's website at: http://www.farmingdalevillage.com.

The Village of Farmingdale began formulating a strategy to revitalize its downtown area, which includes a number of vacant and/or underutilized properties and lacks a consistent aesthetic character, in 2006 by initiating a visioning process. This was followed by a master planning process that began in 2009. After the master planning process had begun, The Village was accepted into the New York State Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources (NYSDOS) Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program. The Program consists of three phases, including a Pre-Nomination Study, Nomination Study, and Implementation Strategy.

The portion of the Village designated as a BOA, referred to as the Study Area, is the downtown area, located in the central portion of the Village, running along Main Street from Fulton Street (New York State Route 109) in the south to Melville Road in the north. The study area also continues east along South Front Street/Atlantic Avenue to the Nassau-Suffolk County line.

The Proposed Action includes the Nomination Study, Phase 2 of the BOA Program, which provides an in-depth and thorough description and analysis, including an economic and market trends analysis, of existing conditions, opportunities, and re-use potential for properties located in the proposed BOA, with an emphasis on the identification and re-use potential of brownfields sites and other sites subject to change that are catalysts for revitalization. There are also a number of implementation items that have been identified as part of the master planning and BOA processes. The Proposed Action also includes one of these implementation items, a proposed new Downtown Mixed-Use (D-MU) Zoning District.

The project generally extends from the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Station on South Front Street to Main Street, north along Main Street to Melville Road and south along Main Street beyond Village Hall and New York State 109 (Fulton Street) to the Village border at the LIRR right-of-way. Also it includes Conklin Street, west to Clinton Street and east to Secatogue Avenue in the Village of Farmingdale, New York.

Contact: Brian Harty, Village of Farmingdale, 361 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735, Phone: (516) 249-0093 x214.

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