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ENB - Region 9 Notices 4/12/2019

Negative Declaration

Chautauqua County - The Falconer Central School District, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Falconer Central School District Capital Improvements Project, 2017 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the Falconer Central School District to undertake a Capital Improvements Project, 2017 which includes various renovation, upgrade, security, and site work improvements at the District's sites and facilities.

Proposed building work at the Falconer Middle/High School may include renovation of science laboratories, cafeteria, and possibly art room, bathrooms, wrestling/fitness room and weight room. Upgrades at the gymnasium may include refinishing the wood floor and new bleachers, wall pads, partition, and scoreboard. Other room renovations may include the nurse/health office's bathroom at Fenner Elementary School and expanding the Temple Elementary School library by converting an adjacent classroom into a computer lab and renovating the existing computer space into classrooms to accommodate spatial needs and better meet State and Federal requirements. Other contemplated building interior upgrades include flooring, carpets, doors, finishes, and technology items including data cabling and network equipment, and security improvements may include construction of secure school entrances including renovation of existing offices, hallways, and entrances, and accessibility improvements and possibly small vestibule additions. Other security items include building access controls and new public address, phone, fire and smoke alarm systems. Building exterior upgrades may include new roofs, various masonry work including chimneys, and other items including doors.

HVAC improvements may include various air handling and ventilation equipment including unit ventilators, ductwork, intake and exhaust units and heat generating and cooling generating equipment and systems including roof top units, hot water boilers, and air-cooled condensing units. Proposed plumbing work may include hot water heaters and miscellaneous fixtures and storm drainage upgrades. Various electrical / lighting upgrades may include energy-efficient outdoor athletic facility and parking lot lighting, emergency exit lighting, and miscellaneous distribution equipment including panel boards.

Proposed site work may include reconstruction and resurfacing asphalt pavement including driveways and parking areas and associated drainage improvements; sidewalk reconstruction; ramps; and curbs. Pavement improvements at the Middle/High School and Fenner Elementary School campus may include reconfiguration to improve parking lot circulation and a small additional parking area and widening an existing driveway for two-way traffic and a turning lane. Outdoor athletic facility upgrades may include a new 8 lane track and new field event areas in track "D" zones, relocation of existing press box and scoreboard to accommodate the new track, new multipurpose synthetic turf athletic field inside the track with associated drainage system, possibly a concessions/restrooms building, and other associated improvements including perimeter fencing and upgraded lighting. Other proposed site work includes a single-wide bay addition (2,000 ± square feet) with lifts at the bus garage and new sidewalks and revised grading to new entry at Middle/High School.

The project is located at the Falconer Central Middle/High School, the Harvey C. Fenner Elementary School and Bus Garage (Middle/High School campus) at 2 East Avenue in the Village of Falconer and Town of Ellicott, New York and at the Paul BD Temple Elementary School (Temple Elementary campus) at 3470 Cemetery Street in the Town of Poland, New York.

Contact: Stephen Penhollow, Falconer Central School District, 2 East Avenue North, Falconer, NY 14733, Phone: (716) 665-6624, E-mail:

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