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Chenango Plaza Site, Town of Chenango, Site No. V00062-7

Project Location: 1318-1324 Upper Front Street, Town of Chenango, Broome County, NY, Region 7

Brief Project Description: The site occupies approximately 14 acres. It is bordered on the south by Castle Creek and on the east by the Chenango River. Commercial properties border the site on the west and residential properties border the site on the north. The site has a strip-style shopping plaza which is vacant.

The Chenango Plaza building, along with the existing bank building, were constructed in the early 1960's. Reportedly, dry cleaners had occupied part of the plaza for 35 years. The bank building has been occupied by various banks since 1964. Prior to 1964, the building was used for office space. Prior to 1960, the site was primarily farmland and had been used for baseball games. FGR Realty entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement (VCA), on April 29,1996, to investigate and remediate this site.

In 1995 a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment was performed. Subsequent record reviews and preliminary subsurface investigations revealed the existence of septic tanks and leach fields. Groundwater and soil contamination was also identified. In accordance with a DEC approved work plan, additional investigative work was performed to determine the extent of contamination and to identify all possible source areas. The investigation identified soil and groundwater contamination, with levels of tetrachloroethene, trichloroethene, and dichloroethene in excess of soil cleanup guidance criteria and groundwater standards. The contaminated soils and tanks that were accessible were removed and disposed at an approved site. The contaminated soils located under the plaza building were being remediated by an approved soil vapor extraction (SVE) system.

Overview of the Remediation Plan:
The Chenango Plaza is now vacant and a new commercial building is proposed for the site. The site owner (Volunteer) has proposed the following changes for site remediation: 1) Excavation of the remaining contaminated source area soils in conjunction with the demolition of the existing plaza building. 2) Removal of the remaining septic system structures and piping. 3) Installation of the sub slab portion of an SVE piping network in locations where the proposed building will reside over former source areas, to address possible residual contamination. 4) Replacement of existing groundwater monitoring wells that were properly abandoned prior to construction. The DEC will monitor all of the proposed work as it is being performed.

The intended use of the site is commercial and a Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse is planned for construction. The majority of the site will be covered by the building and pavement.

Public Comment Period ends: May 18, 2001

Contact: Thomas Suozzo, NYSDEC, Region 7, Division of Environmental Remediation, 1679 NY Rt. 11, Kirkwood, NY, 13795, Phone: (607) 775-2545.

Negative Declaration

Madison County - The City of Oneida Common Council, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Route 46 Business Park Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the development of a Business Park on approximately 67.1 acres for the relocation of the Oneida City School District's Bus Garage and Maintenance Facility to a new facility at the Business Park. The project is located on Glenwood Avenue, City of Oneida.

Contact: Cassie S. Rose, Director, City of Oneida Department of Planning and Development, 109 N. Main Street, Oneida, NY 13421, phone: (315) 363-7467, e-mail: crose@oneidacity.com

Onondaga County - The Town of Cicero Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed adoption of a Local law approving a new Town Zoning Code and map will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The project is for the entire Town of Cicero.

Contact: Scott F. Chatfield, Town Attorney, 48 State Street, PO Box 614, Tully, NY 13159 phone: (315) 696-8951.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Onondaga County - The Village of Skaneateles Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a draft EIS on the proposed Village Mews at Skaneateles Subdivision. A Public Hearing on the draft EIS will be held on May 3, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterman Elementary School, 55 East Street, Skaneateles. Comments on the draft EIS are requested and will be accepted by the contact person until May 14, 2001. The action involves the development of approximately 47 acres of existing woodlands, scrub brush and vacant farmland. It is proposed to construct the infrastructure necessary to provide approximately 51 residential building lots in accord with the existing Residential A-2 and Residential B zoning classification of this parcel. The project is located on part of farm lot nos. 27 and no. 36 in the Village of Skaneateles, Town of Skaneateles.

Contact: Jorge Batlle, Clerk, Village Planning Board, Skaneateles, New York.