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ENB - Region 4 Notices 6/5/2013

Negative Declaration

Albany and Greene Counties - The New York State Department Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) Coxsackie to Ravena Second Mainline Track Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the CSXT proposal to construct a second mainline track for approximately 7.6 miles from the Town of Coxsackie, Greene County to the Village of Ravena, Albany County, New York. The second mainline track is proposed for construction approximately 15 feet east of the existing mainline track, as measured from track centerline to track centerline for the majority of the route. The project also proposes the installation of two new universal crossovers, which consist of short connecting tracks by which a train can be transferred from one track to another; work on existing culverts (including replacements); removal of existing turnouts (switches) at the north and south ends of the project area; removal of one private crossing, and the re-decking and maintenance of bridges, including full replacement of the Coxsackie Creek Bridge and Hannacrois Creek bridge. The stated project purpose is to improve the railroad's fluidity and capacity and improve connectivity with United States and world manufacturing, distribution, and consumptive centers along CSXT's River Line, which is part of a primary rail route for freight traffic on the east coast between New York City and Albany, NY.

Contact: Karen M. Gaidasz, NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2459, E-mail: dep.r4@dec.ny.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Albany County - The Town of Bethlehem Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Wemple Corners Rezoning Petition. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on June 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until July 8, 2013. The Draft EIS is available from the Bethlehem Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY; the Bethlehem Town Clerk, Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY and on line at: www.townofbethlehem.org.

The action involves a petition submitted by Milltown Plaza, Inc., to rezone 95 acres of land from Mixed Economic Development District (MED) to Commercial Hamlet District (CH). The stated purpose of the zoning amendment is to allow subsequent construction of a mixed-use development consisting of conventional apartments (240 units), senior apartments (150 units), mixed-use apartments (80 units), twin homes (56 units), retail commercial uses (106,000 square feet) and professional offices (39,000 square feet. The project site is located in the Town of Bethlehem, New York, at the intersection of U.S. Route 9W and Wemple Road.

Contact: Jeffrey Lipnicky, Town of Bethlehem, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, Phone: (518) 439-4955 extension 1156, E-mail: jlipnicky@townofbethlehem.org.

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