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ENB - Region 9 Notices 11/1/2017

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Fedder Lofts, LLC for a site known as 57-71 Tonawanda Street, site ID #C915024. This site is located in the City of Buffalo, within the County of Erie, and is located at 57-71 Tonawanda Street.

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repository located at Riverside Branch Library, 820 Tonawanda Street, Buffalo, NY 14207.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Glenn May, NYS DEC - Buffalo Office, Division of Environmental Remediation, 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203-2915, Phone: (716) 851-7220, E-mail: Glenn.May@dec.ny.gov . All comments must be submitted by December 1, 2017.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3

We would also encourage those interested in receiving information on future activities at this site or any other site to sign up to NYS DEC's Contaminated Sites Email List at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/61092.html

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to "greenfield" (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on the New York State's Brownfield program is available at DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html


Negative Declaration

Erie County - The Village of Williamsville Board of Trustees, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Village of Williamsville - Natale Development Land Swap and Asher Crossing Development will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a land swap whereby the Village of Williamsville would transfer approximately 0.452 acres of property it owns and currently uses as a "side yard" by the Village Department of Public Works for an identically sized parcel currently owned by Natale Development, LLC adjacent to the side yard, which would allow Natale to combine the side yard parcel with its existing property located at 101, 102 and 122 California Drive to facilitate the development of a multi-family housing development consisting of a mixture of apartments and townhomes on the combined parcel, together with additional townhomes located at 121, 131, and 141 California Drive. The project is located on California Drive in the Village of Williamsville, New York.

Contact: Lynda L. Juul, 5565 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221, Phone: (716) 632-4120, E-mail: ljuul@village.villiamsville.ny.us


Erie County - The Town of Lancaster New York, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amended Site Plan for the Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of two additions, two stories each at south end of existing two-story Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center. Total site disturbance is .42 acres. The project is located in the Town of Lancaster, New York.

Contact: Kevin E. Loftus, Town of Lancaster, 21 Central Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086; Phone: (716)684-3342, Fax: (716)681-7475, E-mail: kloftus@lancasterny.gov


Erie County - The City of Buffalo Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rosanna Elizabeth Visual and Performing Arts Center - Benjamin Contemporary Art Gallery will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the reuse of the foundation footprint of an existing masonry warehouse at 527 West Ferry Street at the back of the church at 467 Richmond Avenue for a mixed-use building containing residential uses and an art gallery. For purposes of this environmental review, the overall project will be reviewed for potential environmental impacts under SEQRA. The overall project includes the historic rehabilitation of the church (approved by the Planning Board 4/4/2016), demolition of the warehouse and construction of a 3 story building on the existing footprint, and the demolition of the two family house (in disrepair) for landscaping and hardscaping at 529 West Ferry Street (AKA 531 West Ferry Street). The proposed 3 story mixed-use building (10,984 square feet) includes eight apartments and a ground floor art gallery. The first floor would contain the Benjamin Contemporary Art Gallery while the second and third floors would encompass apartments. The project is located at 527 West Ferry Street in the City of Buffalo, New York.

Contact: Nadine Marrero, City of Buffalo, Room 901 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202; Phone: (716) 851-5029, E-mail: nmarrero@city-buffalo.com.


Niagara County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Niagara Gorge Restoration Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The Western New York Land Conservancy has received funding from the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee (GESC) and Empire State Development (ESD) for ecological restoration activities in the Niagara River Gorge on property owned by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and NYS OPRHP. The work involves invasive species control activities through mechanical and chemical treatments; planting of native species through seeding or live plants; and monitoring invasive species control and native planting activities. Target invasive species include: Norway maple, Tree-of-heaven, common buckthorn, bush honeysuckles, common reed (Phragmites), and purple loosestrife, as well as other woody and herbaceous non-native plant species. The purpose of the project is to reduce non-native invasive plant species, restore and enhance native plant biodiversity, and improve habitat for birds and other wildlife in the Niagara Gorge. The restoration area will cover 80 to 100 acres, but restoration activities could be applied on up to 242 acres depending on density of invasive species and cost for prescribed restoration activities. The SEQR review includes the entire potential restoration area of 242 acres. The project is located at Niagara River Gorge, Whirlpool State Park, and Devil's Hole State Park in the City of Niagara Falls and Town of Lewiston, New York.

Contact: Karen Terbush, NYS OPRHP, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12238, Phone: (518)474-8765, E-mail: Karen.terbush@parks.ny.gov.


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