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ENB - Region 4 Notices 2/3/2016

Public Notice

Shandaken State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Semi-Annual Meeting

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) is pleased to announce that the next semi-annual public meeting, held per the Shandaken SPDES permit, will be on Thursday February 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Shandaken Town Hall, 7209 Route 28, Shandaken, NY. NYC DEP will discuss the progress of activities conducted pursuant to the SPDES permit. In case of inclement weather, the snow date is February 29th at 10:00 a.m.

The meeting is open to the public and public input is welcome.

Contact: Kimberlee Kane, NYC DEP, 465 Columbus Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595, Phone: (914) 773-4473, E-mail:

Negative Declaration

Rensselaer County - The Hudson Valley Community College, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Development of Student Housing will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an amendment to a Negative Declaration issued by the lead agency in June of 2014 that reviewed the potential environmental impacts of the demolition of the former Hy Rosenblum Administration Center (HRC) and the development of student housing on an approximately ten acre site on the north side of Morrison Avenue in Troy. The Negative Declaration contemplated that the College, which owns the property, would enter into a ground lease with a developer for such purposes. Since that time the circumstances have changed whereby the College now wishes to sell not only the ten acres where the HRC now sits but the entire parcel located on the north side of Morrison Avenue. The sale would restrict the use of said property to student housing. Since the responses to the Request for Proposals limited the area of development to where the existing HRC is currently located (the area subject to the original SEQRA review) with no contemplation of development on any other part of the 47 acres that will be part of the sale, the impacts identified by these changes in circumstances were deemed insignificant by the College Board of Trustees on January 26, 2016. The project is located at 45 Morrison Avenue in Troy, New York.

Contact: Dr. Alexander J. Popovics, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: (518) 629-4822, E-mail:

Rensselaer County - The Rensselaer County Department of Public Safety, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rensselaer County 911 Public Radio System Upgrade - Proposed Grafton Tower will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal to upgrade its 911 emergency radio system with the addition of a new radio tower. The County has identified one specific site for a new tower located at 42 Radio Tower Way in the Town of Grafton, New York. The 2 acre parcel contains an existing radio tower and control building. The Applicant is proposing to construct a new 190 foot tower with antennae and equipment that may extend to a height of 199 feet on this site with associated control building. A 50 foot by 80 foot fenced area is proposed to contain the proposed tower and control building. The new tower will provide service to Grafton State Park, Cherry Plain State Park, Schodack Island State Park and Bennington Battlefield. Two additional radio towers exist on adjacent parcels. Access to the new tower will be via an existing access road that is used for the three existing towers. The proposed project will involve minimal site disturbance.

Contact: Kelly Paslow, Rensselaer County, 4000 Main Street, Troy NY 12180, Phone: (518) 226-7676, E-mail:

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Schoharie County - The Sharon Springs Board of Trustees, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Application for Imperial Spa Restoration, Rehabilitation and Use will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice.

The action involves the restoration, rehabilitation and use of the Imperial Spa situated in the Village of Sharon Springs National Historic District and within the New York State Heritage Area known as the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor. The proposed project would restore and rehabilitate the existing historic buildings on the project site for use as a full service spa with food service. A connecting corridor with a total square footage of less than 4,000 square feet will be constructed between the existing "Laundry Building" and "Bath House Building" on the project site. The proposed project will renovate and redevelop the Imperial Spa to provide use of the mineral springs in soaking pools located inside and outside the main buildings, as well as provide a full range of spa services including massage and sauna, and healthful meals prepared in an onsite 97 seat restaurant for spa patrons only. Once completed, the project facilities will be in operation seven days per week from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Daily, the spa expects to accommodate 200 to 250 visitors and have 25 to 35 employees on site. Much like similar spa facilities in upstate New York, spa guests are expected to range from local to international visitors. Employees are expected to be drawn primarily from qualified local and regional resources. The following buildings have been condemned for removal by the Village of Sharon Springs Code Enforcement Officer: Mechanical Room Building, Lower Bath House, Boiler Room Building and Storage Building. The total acreage of the site is 14.2 acres. One acre or less will be disturbed. The proposed action is estimated to involve eighteen months of construction. Empire State Development, Restore New York has committed a grant of one million dollars to the Village of Sharon Springs to facilitate this restoration project. The Village of Sharon Springs as the award recipient must submit Village Board consent for funding to Empire State Development, Restore New York. A payment in lieu of taxes program is sought. The project is located at 233 Main Street in the Village of Sharon Springs, New York.

The conditions are:

Scoping, photographing and if necessary, replacement of the connecting water and sewer lines; water usage and wastewater discharge that does not substantially exceed the reported volume of 15,995 gallons per day; land reserved for an additional 20 screened parking spaces; buses parked in a remote, screened location; replacement of sidewalks serving spa patrons; compliance with New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) rules and regulations; NYS DOT approved parking signage; best management practices for construction activities; buffering and screening of "open air" spa activities; light fixtures in compliance with the requirements and Table of Illumination Levels in the Village's Zoning Law and the International Dark Sky Association; light fixtures 18 feet or less, in height, fully shielded and complimenting existing architecture; hours of operation from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily; compliance with State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) requirements; and public access to the springs with a walkway and gazebo

Contact: Douglas Plummer, Village of Sharon Springs, P.O. Box 217, Sharon Springs, NY 13459, Phone: (518) 284-2625.

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