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ENB - Region 9 Notices 12/19/2012

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Harborcenter Development, LLC for a site known as Webster Block, site ID #C915270. This site is located in the City of Buffalo, within the County of Erie, and is located at 75 Main Street. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than January 11, 2013. Information regarding the site, the application, and how to submit comments can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/60058.html or send comments to David Locey, NYS DEC - Region 9 Office, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203-2999, Phone: (716) 851-7220, E-mail: dplocey@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

Erie County - The New York State Urban Development Corp d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Modified General Project Plan for Canalside Land Use Improvement Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the refinements to the General Project Plan for the Canalside Land Use Improvement Project, originally affirmed by ESD in 2010, regarding: 1) the proposed type and level of development on the "Webster Block" (i.e., bounded by Washington Street, Perry Street, Main Street, and Scott Street in downtown Buffalo, NY) so that it is consistent with the characteristics of the HARBORcenter Project being proposed by an investment group led by the owners of the Buffalo Sabres National Hockey League team; and 2) selected other site refinements, including proposed finishes and methods of interpretation for the "Prime Slip" and proposed "East Canal" and the anticipated timing/funding sources for the planned "Commercial Slip" Parking Garage. The project is located in Downtown Buffalo, New York, on a 20 acre area bounded on the north by Upper Terrace, Exchange Street, and Perry Boulevard; on the east by Washington Street; on the south by Perry Street and Buffalo River; and on the west by Erie Street, Marine Drive, and Pearl Street and Commercial Street.

Contact: Stephen Gawlik, Empire State Development, 95 Perry Street, 5th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203, Phone: (716) 846-8257, E-mail: sgawlik@esd.ny.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Wyoming County - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Portageville Bridge Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on January 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Genesee River Restaurant and Reception Center, 134 North Main Street, Mount Morris, NY 14510. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until February 1, 2013. The Draft EIS is available from the NYS DOT, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232, Phone: (518) 485-0105; NYS DOT, 1530 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623, Phone: (585) 272-3425; the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), Letchworth State Park Visitor's Center, Castile, NY 14427, Phone: (585) 493-3600; Bell Memorial Library, 16 East Street, Nunda, NY 14517, Phone: (585) 468-2266; Mt. Morris Library, 121 Main Street, Mount Morris, NY 14510, Phone: (585) 658-4412; Cordelia A. Greene Library, 11 South Main Street, P.O. Box 208, Castile, NY 14427, Phone: (585) 493-5466; Perry Public Library, 70 N Main Street, Perry, NY 14530, Phone: (585) 237-2243; and the Pike Library, 65 Main Street W., P.O. Box 246, Pike, New York 14130, Phone: (585) 493-5900. The online version of the Draft EIS is available at the following publicly accessible web site: www.dot.ny.gov/portagevillebridge.

The action involves the construction of a new railroad bridge over the Genesee River by the Project Sponsor, Norfolk Southern Railway Company. The project site is located within Letchworth State Park. The Draft EIS presents alternatives which consider the retention or removal of the existing Portageville Bridge and evaluates the project's impacts to historic and cultural resources, parkland, endangered and threatened species, wetlands, scenic rivers, noise, visual resources and other environmental and economic factors. The project is located on the Norfolk Southern Railway Company's Southern Tier Main Line at milepost 361.66, within Letchworth State Park in the Town of Portage and Town of Genesee, Genesee Falls, New York.

Contact: Raymond Hessinger, NYS DOT, Freight & Passenger Rail Bureau, 50 Wolf Road, POD 5-4, Albany, NY 12232, Phone: (518) 457-7331, E-mail: Portagevillebridge@dot.ny.gov.

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