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ENB - Region 3 Notices 9/25/2013

Negative Declaration Extension of Public Comment Period

Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hudson River Estuary Habitat Restoration Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The comment period for the proposed plan has been extended until October 31, 2013.

The action involves the adoption of the Hudson River Habitat Restoration Plan which identifies priority habitat types for restoration in the Hudson River estuary based on three (3) criteria: 1) habitats that are important to the overall health of the ecosystem; 2) habitats that have been degraded or destroyed on a large scale by human action; and 3) habitats for which there are existing feasible opportunities for restoration. The criteria resulted in four (4) priority habitats for restoration: 1) intertidal habitats; 2) shallow water habitats; 3) shorelines; and 4) tributary stream habitats. The plan identifies five (5) restoration actions intended to restore the four priority Hudson River habitats: 1) preserve existing estuary habitat; 2) restore side channels, including tidal wetlands, vegetated shallow waters, back waters and intertidal habitats; 3) promote and implement fish passage, dam removal and culvert right-sizing in tributaries; 4) promote and implement use of ecologically enhanced shoreline treatments; and 5) implement programs to control invasive plant species including preventing new introductions.

The plan is identified as a Type I action under SEQR consistent with 617.4(b)(1)- "the adoption by any agency of a comprehensive resource management plan". The plan will serve to set priorities and guide partnerships with state and federal agencies, municipalities and non-governmental organizations to restore habitats in the Hudson River estuary on an ecosystem scale, and will not have a significant adverse environmental impact on the estuary. Detailed site specific and restoration design information has not been developed. Individual projects implemented under the restoration plan will be subject to full permitting processes including SEQR review. The draft plan can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4920.html.

The project is located in the Hudson River Estuary from Troy, New York to the Tappan Zee Bridge in the Counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester, Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer, New York.

Contact: Daniel Miller, NYS DEC - Hudson River Estuary Program, P.O. Box 315, Staatsburg, NY 12580, Phone: (845) 889-4745, E-mail: hrep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Northwest Farms Mine, Mining Modification Application will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a site which is currently permitted to mine a maximum of 33.5 acres of a 98.25 acre total approved life of mine boundary area, which is situated on 198 acres controlled by the permittee. The permittee seeks to expand the approved life of mine boundary area by 3.5 acres, re-affect approximately 1.4 acres of previously reclaimed land, and increase the size, by approximately 0.5 acres, of a previously approved, existing pond which is located in the southern portion of the site. The project is located on Bog Hollow Road in the Town of Amenia, New York.

Contact: Rebecca Crist, NYS DEC - Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 256-3014, E-mail: rscrist@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Dutchess County - The Village of Rhinebeck Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Northern Dutchess Hospital (NDH) Campus Improvements Plan Phase 2 - Amended Site Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the issuance of a Special Use Permit and the grant of Site plan approval by the Village of Rhinebeck Planning Board together with related permits, approvals and compliance determination from other involved agencies to authorize an amended site plan approval of an originally approved 30,000 square foot addition with an approximately 87,050 square foot addition. This will allow for the replacement and upgrade of the existing 40 bed surgical unit and six surgical suites to replace the existing outdated functions in the current hospital building. Also included will be the construction of an approximately 25,000 square foot medical office complex to be housed in a three story addition located to the south and west of the existing hospital building; related site work including site preparation and grading activities; demolition of minor accessory structures; reconfiguration of the existing utilities and installation of utilities; undertaking of site drainage / storm water management improvements; site lighting; landscaping and signage for both traffic control and facility identity. The project is located on US Route 9 and Montgomery Street in the Village of Rhinebeck, New York.

Contact: David Miller, Village of Rhinebeck, Village Hall, 76 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, Phone: (845) 876-1922.


Rockland County - The Nyack Union Free School District Board of Education, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bonding of School District Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the following at School District locations:

  • Nyack High School - Miscellaneous improvements and replacements for fire alarms, emergency lighting, plumbing, HVAC, and exterior doors; replace entire building roof; provide detention pond structure improvements; construct new 8 lane all-weather track with synthetic turf infield, jumping events in D-zones, new athletic field lighting, new bleacher grandstand, and new concession building; replace existing natural grass fields with synthetic turf; add athletic field lighting; construct new natural grass softball field with athletic field lighting;
  • Valley Cottage Elementary - Miscellaneous improvements and replacements for fire alarms, emergency lighting, plumbing, HVAC, flooring finishes, and exterior doors; repair wood fascia and soffit at 1927 and 1954 buildings;
  • Nyack High School (old) - Replace existing fire alarm system, replace built up roof and clearstory window flashings on 1950 building, install fire separation assemblies for stair tower doors;
  • Hilltop Elementary - Miscellaneous improvements and replacements for fire alarms, HVAC, and emergency generator;
  • Liberty Elementary - Miscellaneous improvements and replacements for fire alarms, emergency lighting, plumbing, HVAC, flooring/ceiling;
  • Upper Nyack Elementary - Miscellaneous improvements and replacements for fire alarms, emergency lighting, plumbing, HVAC, flooring/ceiling finishes, and exterior windows and doors, replace ballasted EPDM roof at addition' repair/repaint stucco soffits at original building' install detention pond with weir outlet, regrade west side of site to improve drainage and pipe to street, repair/replace playground equipment sets;
  • Nyack Middle School - Miscellaneous improvements and replacements for fire alarms, emergency lighting, plumbing, HVAC, flooring/ceiling finishes, and interior doors, replace entire building EPDM roof, repair stormwater drainage system.

The project is located at the Nyack High School (new) 360 Christian Herald Road, Nyack; the Valley Cottage Elementary School, 26 Lake Road, Valley Cottage; the Nyack High School (old), 131 Midland Avenue, Nyack; the Hilltop Elementary School, 13A Dickinson Avenue, Nyack; the Liberty Elementary School, 142 Lake Road, Valley Cottage; the Upper Nyack Elementary, 336 North Broadway, Upper Nyack; the Nyack Middle School, 98 S Highland Avenue, Nyack, New York.

Contact: Carleen Millsaps, Nyack Union Free School District, 13A Dickinson Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960, Phone: (845) 353-7000.


Ulster County - The Town and Village of Saugerties, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of Comprehensive Plan Update for the Town and Village of Saugerties will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an update of the 1999 Comprehensive Plan for the Town and Village of Saugerties. The project is located throughout the Town and Village of Saugerties, New York.

Contact: William E. Murphy, Mayor, Village of Saugerties, 43 Partition Street, Saugerties, NY 12477-1134< Phone: (845) 246-2321 extension 1.


Positive Declaration

Westchester County - The Town of North Salem Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed The Commons at Purdys may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the development of 108 affordable independent living units for persons of age 55 and older and a 72 unit assisted living facility. A three lot subdivision is proposed so that the independent living units are on one lot, the assisted living facility on a separate lot and an existing sewage treatment plant on the third lot. The subject property is located on the northerly and northeasterly side of NYS Route 22 in the Town of North Salem, New York within the PD-CCRC zoning district (approximately 28 acres) and the R-1 zoning district (approximately 10 acres).

Contact: Dawn Onufrik, Town of North Salem, 270 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY 10560, Phone: (914) 669-5661, E-mail: donufrik@northsalemny.org.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Putnam County - The Town of Southeast Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Crossroads 312. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on October 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Southeast Town Hall, 1360 Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until November 8, 2013 or until 10 days following the close of the Public Hearing, whichever is later. The Draft EIS is available from the Town of Southeast Town Clerk, 1360 Route 22; the Town of Southeast Planning Department, 1 Main Street; the Brewster Public Library, 79 Main Street, Brewster, NY and on line at: http://www.crossroads312.com/.

The action involves a Zone Change, Site Plan, Special Permit proposal made to the Town Board of the Town of Southeast. The applicant, Crossroads 312, LLC seeks a zone change from RC to HC-1, Site Plan and Special Permit approvals to construct a mixed-use commercial project on a 51.88 ± acre site sitting adjacent to interchange 19 at the I- 84/NYS Route 312 intersection. The proposed project includes the development of 186,000 ± of large retail, office, restaurant, personal and professional service uses. The project would be subject to "large retail establishment" special permit requirements of 138-63.4 of the Code of the Town of Southeast. Traffic mitigation measures are proposed for the intersection of I-84 and NYS Route 312 including lane widening and signal installation or upgrades. Improvements are also proposed at North Brewster Road and Route 312 where a traffic signal is suggested to improve existing conditions. The Applebee's and Home Depot driveway intersection on Independent Way is considered for a new traffic signal to improve existing conditions. The Route 312 and Route 6 intersection is also suggested for improvement. The project is located at 295, 265, 257, 247, and 237 Route 312 in Brewster, Town of Southeast, New York.

Contact: Michele Stancati, Town of Southeast, 1360 Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509, Phone: (845) 279-4313, E-mail: mstancati@southeast-ny.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final GEIS

Rockland County - The Stony Point Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Stony Point Comprehensive Plan Update and Implementing Code Amendments. The Final GEIS is available at the Town of Stony Point Town Hall, 74 East Main Street, Stony Point, NY 10980 and on line at: www.townofstonypoint.org.

The action involves the adoption of a limited update to the 1995 Master Plan as well as several zoning code amendments to implement the Master Plan Update. The intention of the limited Update to the 1995 Master Plan is to promote economic development within the Town and to streamline review processes. The project is located throughout the Town of Stony Point, New York.

Contact: Geoffrey Finn, Town of Stony Point, 74 East Main Street, Stony Point, NY 10980, Phone: (845) 786-2716.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Westchester County - The White Plains Common Council, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed French-American School of New York (FASNY) . The Final EIS is available on disk for a fee from the contact person listed below; in hard copy for review at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601, Phone: (914) 422-1480 during normal Library hours and on line at: www.cityofwhiteplains.com.

The action involves a proposal by FASNY for the development, along Ridgeway Avenue, of a private pre-K through High School campus, consisting of several buildings with a maximum student capacity of 1200 students with 225 to 250 staff members and an 84 acre Conservancy. The application proposes 230,863 square feet of building area and 428 parking spaces. In addition, the school proposes four soccer fields, four tennis courts, one basketball court, one stand alone baseball/softball field, and one baseball field integrated into one of the soccer fields, a track around one of the soccer fields, and three playgrounds. The 129 acre project site (the former Ridgeway Country Club) is an environmentally sensitive site and includes a pond, streams, limited steep slope areas, and over 24 acres of New York State Freshwater Wetlands. (Wetland Identification Code No. G-7 on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Freshwater Map, Westchester County Map No. 11 of 14, Wetland Classification Type II). The property is located in the drainage area of the Mamaroneck River watershed.

The Final EIS describes a Modified Proposed Project developed by FASNY in response to substantive comments made on the Draft EIS. The main elements of the FASNY Campus and Conservancy remain the same as the Draft EIS Proposed Project, although the size and location of certain elements, including access points, location of buildings, athletic fields and parking lots have been shifted to address Draft EIS comments. The Final EIS describes FASNY's Modified Proposed Project and examines three access options to the Project Site (a) Modified Proposed Project/Ridgeway where vehicular access to the Campus would be exclusively from Ridgeway with limited access to parking for the Conservancy from Hathaway; (b) Modified Proposed Project/North Street where vehicular access to the Campus would be from North Street at a new entrance driveway opposite to and aligned with the White Plains High School North Street access drive, with limited access to parking for the Conservancy from Hathaway; and (c) Modified Proposed Project/Bryant Avenue where vehicular access to the Campus would be exclusively from Bryant Avenue at a new entrance driveway just east of Hathaway Lane, with limited access to parking for the Conservancy from Hathaway. Emergency access for all of these options would be primarily from Ridgeway.

The project is located at 400 Ridgeway in the City of White Plains, New York.

Contact: City Clerk, City of White Plains, Municipal Building, 255 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601, Phone: (914) 422-1228, E-mail: cityclerk@whiteplainsny.gov.


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