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ENB - Region 4 Notices 6/27/2012

Negative Declaration

Albany County - The City of Albany Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed South End Phase III will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the South End Phase III is a 56 unit apartment project that will be constructed in the South End of Albany by the Albany Housing Authority and Omni Housing Development using low-income housing and historic tax credits. The project is a critical element for continuing the housing revitalization component of Albany's Capital South Plan that has been underway since 2008. Phase I, a 52 unit project, was completed in February 2009. Phase II, a 43 unit project, was completed in November 2011. Albany Housing Authority and Omni Housing Development were awarded the tax credits for Phase III in September of 2011. Construction must start by September 2012 to avoid loss of the tax credits.

South End Phase III is a mix of new construction and historic rehabilitation and includes two mixed use buildings. Three vacant and blighted historic residential buildings on Morton Avenue will be rehabbed into 7 apartments. 49 apartments will be built in 6 buildings on vacant lots on South Pearl and Broad Streets. An 1,100 square foot laundry facility managed by Albany Housing Authority will be located in one of the buildings on South Pearl Street. A 7,000 square foot Head Start facility is proposed for the second building on South Pearl Street. The Phase III units will be occupied by individuals and families earning less than 50% of the area median income and will be supported by Section 8 and public housing rental subsidies.

The project is located at 67, 70 and 73 Broad Street; 62, 68 and 70 Morton Avenue; 344 and 365 South Pearl Street in the City of Albany, New York.

Contact: Bradley Glass, City of Albany, 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany, NY 12210, Phone: (518) 445-0754, E-mail: glassb@ci.albany.ny.us.


Columbia County - The Hillsdale Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Town of Hillsdale Local Law No.2 of the Year 2012 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the adoption of Local Law amending the Town of Hillsdale's Zoning and Land Use Control Law. The project is located along NYS Route 23 and NYS Route 22 in the area now serviced by Hillsdale Sewer District No.1 in the Town of Hillsdale, New York.

Contact: Arthur H. Baer, Town of Hillsdale, P.O. Box 305, Hillsdale, NY 12529, Phone: (518) 325-5073.


Delaware County - The Town of Stamford, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hamlet of South Kortright Community Wastewater Management Program and Stormwater Retrofit Program will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the development of the Hamlet of South Kortright Community Wastewater Management Program (CWMP) to eliminate inadequate individual on-site septic systems that are currently failing or may fail in the future and the Stormwater Retrofit Program to address water quality issues in the New York City Watershed. The purpose of the project is to improve and protect the water quality of the Cannonsville Reservoir Watershed and the New York City Water Supply and to allow the Hamlet of South Kortright to survive and address future development needs. The system will be designed in accordance with the New York City Memorandum of Agreement with Watershed Towns, Ten States Standards, 1988 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Standards for Wastewater Treatment Works, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) Rules and Regulations.

The project will consist of a large diameter gravity sewer collection system and pumping station that will convey sewage from the Hamlet of South Kortright to the Village of Hobart Wastewater Treatment Plant via connection to the Allen Residential Center pump station. The projected design average wastewater flow is 20,000 gpd. Improvements will also be made at the Allen Residential Center pump station and the Village of Hobart Wastewater Treatment Plant to accommodate the additional flow. The project will serve approximately 47 properties, including homes, commercial/institutional facilities, and vacant properties. To ensure that future growth can be adequately served by the proposed wastewater facilities, formation of a sewer district, adoption of a sewer use ordinance and development of a wastewater capacity monitoring system are included. To assist the community in providing adequate operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment system, the Town will enter into an operation and maintenance agreement with NYC DEP.

The project is located in the Hamlet of South Kortright, Town of Stamford, New York.

Contact: Christopher Yacobucci, Lamont Engineers, 548 Main Street, PO Box 610, Cobleskill, NY 12043, Phone: (518) 234-4028, E-mail: cyacobucci@lamontengineers.com.


Otsego County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Head Excavating LLC, Golja Gravel Bank will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the operation of a 3.1 acre, life-of-mine, unconsolidated sand and gravel mine. The mining operation will include on-site screening of material. The project is located on Brighton Road, adjacent to the Town of Worcester's Gravel Bank in the Town of Worcester, New York.

Contact: Jamie G Lacko, NYS DEC - Region 4 Stamford Sub-Office, 65561 NYS Route 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Phone: (607)652-7741, E-mail: r4dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Otsego County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Balcom Sand & Gravel Bank Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the renewal and modification of an existing permit. Applicant requests approval to add one acre of land in the western portion of the existing mine, bringing the total Life of Mine acreage to 19.53 acres. No other changes in the operation of this mine are proposed. The project is located on County Route 11, near the intersection of County Route 15 in the Town of New Lisbon, New York.

Contact: Patricia Pinder, NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2447, E-mail: r4dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Schoharie County - The Village of Sharon Springs, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendments to the Village of Sharon Springs Zoning Law will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposed amendments to prohibit heavy industrial land uses, including, but not limited to natural gas exploration, extraction and processing within the Village of Sharon Springs. The proposed amendments distinguish light manufacturing and light industrial activities from heavy industry. The proposed amendments eliminate subcategories for Planned Development Districts (PDD). The time period for referral of an application for a PDD to the Planning Board would be extended from 10 days to 60 days. All automatic approval provisions for lapses in time periods for review of applications and plans would be omitted with the proposed amendments. Automatic approvals would be applicable only to the extent provided by state law. The proposed amendments would extend the public notice provisions within the Zoning Law to 10 days unless otherwise specified. The proposed amendments further would correct clerical errors within the Zoning Law. The project is located throughout the Village of Sharon Springs, New York.

Contact: Omer Cousineau, Village of Sharon Springs, PO Box 217, Sharon Springs, NY 13459, Phone: (518) 284-2625, E-mail: sharonspringsvillage@ gmail.com.


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