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ENB - Region 9 Notices 5/2/2018

Negative Declaration

Cattaraugus and Erie Counties - The Gowanda Central School District, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 2018 Capital Project and Acquisition of Adjacent Property (a/k/a District-Wide Capital Improvements, 2018) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The Gowanda Central School District (District) proposes to undertake a capital project which includes various renovation, upgrade, addition, and site work improvements at the District's main campus comprised of the High School, Middle School, athletic facilities, Bus Garage, paved areas, and the bridge over Thatcher Brook, building improvements at the Elementary School, and to acquire 10 ± acres adjacent to the Elementary School for the possible extension of the existing baseball outfield.

Proposed interior building renovations at the High / Middle School include renovating existing spaces into a music wing, technology rooms, art rooms, family consumer science room, main and guidance offices, special education offices and group room, fitness center, and libraries. Other proposed improvements at the facilities include various energy efficiency; health and safety; and HVAC upgrades. Improvements include new high-efficiency lighting fixtures; phone, public address, and clock systems; and restroom upgrades. Other various proposed upgrades at the Elementary School may include flooring, millwork, and electrical distribution panel and proposed upgrades at the Bus Garage may include new standby emergency generator and improved bus lift. Security upgrades at the schools include construction of secure entrances with renovations of existing vestibules, offices, hallways, and main entrances and canopy at High School main office; exterior signage at entries; and the installation of interior and exterior security cameras. HVAC upgrades include air handling and ventilation improvements, new heaters and hot water heater at the Bus Garage, and air conditioning utilizing a piped chilled water cooling system at the High, Middle and Elementary Schools including chiller plants and related equipment. Exterior envelope upgrades include selective roofing improvements at the schools, removal of chimney and asbestos abatement of crawlspace at the Elementary School, and a sealed masonry wall at the base of the Bus Garage to better protect the building from flooding.

Proposed site work includes athletic facility and pavement improvements. Existing tennis courts will be resurfaced. Existing baseball and softball fields will be reconstructed with synthetic turf with related improvements including concrete walkways, storm water management features, and field lighting at the softball field, and batting cages at the baseball field. Existing baseball field at the Elementary School may be renovated and expanded on to the adjacent property to be acquired. Proposed pavement improvements include concrete walkways near the High School auditorium to provide access to a new High School Main Office / secure entrance, removing and reconstructing the Panther Drive bridge crossing Thatcher Brook, reconstructing pavement at the Bus Garage, and possibly paving the gravel bus parking area opposite the Bus Garage.

Project Locations:

Gowanda Main Campus (Middle/High Schools, Bus Garage, athletic fields)
10674 Prospect Street
Gowanda, NY 14070 (Cattaraugus County)

Gowanda Elementary School
450 Aldrich Street
Gowanda, NY 14070 (Erie County)

Aldrich Site (Property proposed to be acquired adjacent to Gowanda Elementary School)
Aldrich Street Extension (SBL No. 349.07-1-3.111)
Town of Collins, NY (Erie County)

Contact: Robert Anderson, Gowanda Central School District, 10674 Prospect Street, Gowanda, NY 14070; Phone: (716) 532-3325, Fax:(716) 995-2108, E-mail:

Erie County - The New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Buffalo Blueway will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves the establishment of the "Buffalo Blueway", a proposed waterborne "trail" that would link together a series of existing and new access points along the Buffalo River, Niagara River, and Lake Erie. Specifically, the proposed action involves providing funds to the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper to create an initial system of up to ten interconnected paddlesport launches out of 19 potential locations (18 in the City of Buffalo and one in the Town of West Seneca). The system would utilize both existing landmarks and newly-installed signage, markers, and public art to create the Blueway system.

The project is at multiple locations in the City of Buffalo and Town of West Seneca, New York.

Contact: Paul J. Tronolone, AICP, 95 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Erie County - The New York State Urban Development Corp. d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed City of Lackawanna Smart Growth Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The project involves ESD providing funding to the City of Lackawanna to make public investments in order to complete placemaking improvements to enhance the city's Central Business District. The action would include: (1) pedestrian crossing and streetscape improvements at two high-volume intersections on Ridge Road; (2) enhancements to a connector trail linking Our Lady of Victory Basilica and the Botanical Gardens, spanning through the current City Hall parking lot between Ridge Road and Nasson Parkway; and (3) development of park space located between the public library and Memorial Field into a recreational space for residents of the City.

The project development began in October 2017 and will be completed by December 2019

The project is located at the intersections of Ridge Road/Electric Avenue and Ridge Road/South Park Avenue; Memorial Park, 550 Ridge Road in the City of Lackawanna, New York.

Contact: Amanda Mays, ESD, 95 Perry Street, 5th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203; Phone: (716)846-8200, E-mail:

Erie County - The City of Buffalo Common Council, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Downtown Sports Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of an existing abandoned industrial building for mixed use including limited residential, industrial, and commercial spaces at 98 Maurice Street, 85 Lee Street, 229 Elk Street, and 427 Elk Street in the City of Buffalo, New York. The action seeks approval of a proposed one-story, 26,400 square foot athletic field and 61 stall parking lot for the parcel located at 427 Elk Street, and a 300 foot x 300 foot outdoor athletic field located at 85 Lee Street.

Contact: Malcolm A. Ertha, City f Buffalo, 65 Niagara Square, Room 1413, Buffalo, NY 14202; Phone: (716)851-5105, E-mail:

Erie County - The Town of Lancaster New York, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rezone and Site Plan for Delta Sonic Car Wash will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The project involves a proposed development of a vacant parcel of land, south of the existing Kohl's on Transit Road, into a Delta Sonic Carwash facility. Delta Sonic will be providing 8 gas pumps, 12 outdoor self-serve vacuums, a 8,050 square foot retail/restaurant store with a drive-thru, an interior cleaning/detailing building that also contains self-serve vacuums, and a carwash tunnel with three bay prep hut along with associated drainage improvements, utilities, paving, curbing and landscaping. There is a single access point proposed for the project on the north end of the site, directly across from Jessica Lane. A traffic signal is proposed for this driveway and will be installed once the Delta Sonic is constructed and the site meets the Traffic Signal warrants.

The project is located in the Town of Lancaster, New York.

Contact: Kevin E. Loftus, Town of Lancaster, 21 Central Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14066; Phone: (716) 684-3342, Fax: (716) 681-7475, E-mail:

Notice of Acceptance of Final Supplemental EIS

Chautauqua County - The Town of Ellery Town Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Chautauqua Lake Herbicide Treatment. The Final EIS is available from the Town of Ellery, 25 Sunnyside Drive, Bemus Point, NY 14712 and on line at:

This is a Revised ENB Notice Correcting the Name of the County in which the Project is located.

Application of United State Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) registered herbicides (Aquathol K, Clearcast, Navigate, and Renovate 3) in target areas of Chautauqua Lake to eliminated or control invasive macrophyte populations.

The Town Board has classified the Action as a Type 1 Action under SEQR based on a determination that it will ultimately involve the physical disturbance (application of herbicides in a large area) of ten (10) or more acres. This threshold for a Type 1 action is set forth at 6 NYCRR § 617.4(b). The Town Board is completing a coordinated environmental review of the proposed action as required by SEQR, has established itself as Lead Agency, has issued a Positive Declaration, has conducting public scoping, has issued a DSEIS, has allowed over 30 days for public comment, and has accepted a FSEIS as complete.

The project is located in Chautauqua Lake in the Towns of Busti, Ellicott, Ellery, and North Harmony, New York.

Contact: Rebecca Haines, Town of Ellery, P.O. Box 429, Bemus Point, NY 14712; Phone: (716)386-3465, Fax: (716)386-6948, E-mail:

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