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ENB - Region 5 Notices 5/6/2015

Negative Declaration

Hamilton County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Jessup River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves proposal for an amendment to allow public motor vehicle access along 900 feet of existing road across the Jessup River Wild Forest to a proposed parking area on the adjacent Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement. The project is located in the Towns of Arietta, Wells, Indian Lake, and Lake Pleasant, New York.

Contact: Jonathan DeSantis, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, Northville Sub Office, P.O. Box 1316, Northville, NY 12134, Phone: (518) 863-4545 extension 3005.


Saratoga County - The City of Saratoga Springs, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Tourist Related Business District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the modification of the allowable uses under Tourist Related Business zoning district within the Gateway Overlay Districts 1a and 1b. The project is located in the City of Saratoga Springs, New York.

Contact: Michele Madigan, City of Saratoga Springs, 474 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Phone: (518) 587-3550, E-mail: michele.madigan@saratoga-springs.org.


Saratoga County - The New York State Gaming Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Saratoga Casino and Raceway Hotel Addition will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the expansion of the existing Saratoga Casino and Raceway site. The proposed expansion will include a new hotel, along with site improvements including parking. The existing 183,000 square foot facility will be expanded by approximately 66,000 square foot footprint to include a 108 room hotel with central lobby, pool, spa and fitness center; a 137 seat steak house; and a 28 seat coffee shop.

There are 1,968 paved parking spaces. The project will include the construction of 47 parking spaces and the removal of 275; resulting in 1,740 paved parking spaces. The project will involve the removal of the existing harness practice track to accommodate the new parking areas. Existing parking layout and circulation patterns will be reconfigured to provide more efficient and safe traffic flow within the site. No changes to the main entrance on Crescent Avenue or the secondary entrance on Jefferson Street are proposed.

The project is located on Nelson Avenue, Crescent Avenue, and Jefferson Street in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Contact: Carolyn Dunderlee, New York State Office of General Services, Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower, 33rd Floor, Albany, NY 12242, Phone: (518) 474-5100, E-mail: carolyn.dunderdale@ogs.ny.gov.


Warren County - The Town of Queensbury Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Zoning Amendment to add Water Extraction will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a revision to the Town of Queensbury Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 179, to add Water Extraction as a allowable use within the LC zoning districts subject to Site Plan Review by the Planning Board. Specific performance criteria for a Water Extraction use were also adopted as part of this amendment. The project is located in the LC zoning districts of the Town of Queensbury, New York.

Contact: Craig Brown, Town of Queensbury, 742 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY 12804, Phone: (518) 761-8218, E-mail: craigb@queensbury.net.


Washington County - The Town of Hartford Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Verizon Wireless - Unmanned Wireless Communication Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Cellco Partnership, d/b/a Verizon Wireless, for the installation of an unmanned wireless communications facility located on the south-western portion of the existing property.

In general, the installation will consist of a 150 ± foot monopole (154 ± foot monopole including 4 foot lightning rod), 12 antennas, 6 RRH units and 1 OVP unit to be mounted to the monopole at a centerline height of 146 ± foot, a 12 foot x 30 foot accessory equipment shelter on a concrete slab on grade and all related coaxial cabling and utility services (power and telephone). All equipment is to located within a secure, fenced compound, approximately 65 foot x 65 foot within a 75 foot x 75 foot lease area. Facility and compound are designated to permit future collocation.

The project is located west of Dick Hill Road in the Town of Hartford, New York. Access to the facility will originate on Dick Hill Road.

Contact: Christopher DeBolt, Town of Hartford, 165 County Route 23, Hartford, NY 12838, Phone: (518) 623-9151.


Positive Declaration

Essex County - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Map Amendment 2014-04 may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves a proposal by a private landowner to amend the Official Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map reclassifying approximately 12 acres from Resource Management to Moderate Intensity Use or hamlet in the Town of Westport. The project is located on the north side of Stevenson Road, approximately 0.3 mile west of the intersection with State Route 9N in the Town of Westport, New York.

Contact: Matthew Kendall, APA, P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050, E-mail: matthew.kendall@apa.ny.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS and Public Hearing

Saratoga County - The New York State Franchise Oversight Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Saratoga Race Course Redevelopment Plan. A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held on May 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Civic Center, 22 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until June 15, 2015. The Draft EIS is available from the Saratoga Springs City Hall; the Saratoga Library; the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame; the contact listed below and on line at: www.nyra.com.

The action involves a comprehensive development plan by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to preserve, restore, and enhance the approximately 330 acre historic Saratoga Race Course. The goal of the proposed project is to ensure that the Saratoga Race Course retains its status as a world-class horse racing facility and a key component of local community character and the regional economy. The proposed improvements seek to maintain and emphasize the historic character of the Race Course while responding to changes in the global racing landscape to ensure a sustainable future for racing at Saratoga.

The Race Course season runs annually for 6.5 weeks starting in July and ending in September. The project is not expected to: lengthen the racing season, substantially increase overall attendance or attendance patterns (particularly on peak Saturday), nor substantially change existing non-seasonal use of the facility. The project will likely include construction of new buildings, parking areas, pedestrian facilities including walkways and pavilions, horse paths, planted areas, etc., renovation of existing buildings and facilities, including upgrades to utilities and removal of certain structures. The project will be implemented over an assumed nine year period based on need, schedule and funding. Improvements will be divided between the Frontside and Backstretch portions of the Project Site.

The project is located at 267 Union Avenue in the City of Saratoga Springs, New York.

Contact: Carolyn Dunderlee, New York State Office of General Services, Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower, 33rd Floor, Albany, NY 12242, Phone: (518) 474-5100, E-mail: carolyn.dunderdale@ogs.ny.gov.


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