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NOTICE OF COMPLETION OF JOINT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT–DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (JOINT EA-DEIS) AND NOTICE OF HEARING FOR THE ROCHESTER CENTRAL STATION AND ASSOCIATED SECONDARY DEVELOPMENT

The Joint Environmental Assessment-Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Joint EA-DEIS) for the proposed Rochester Central Station and Associated Secondary Development is complete and is available for public review. The Joint EA-DEIS has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq., and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR), Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). The Rochester Central Station (the Proposed Action) has been determined to be a NEPA Class III Action as defined by Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) Environmental Impact and Related Procedures (23 CFR Part 771). The Rochester Central Station and Associated Secondary Development have been determined to be Type I Actions under the SEQR Act pursuant to New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 6 NYCRR Section 617 et seq. and Article 8 of the ECL.

THE PROJECT: The RGRTA is developing a design for, approving, and carrying out the construction of the Rochester Central Station, a new underground bus transit facility with above-ground concourse and support facilities on a 6.3-acre site located at East Main Street between St. Paul and Clinton Avenue in the City of Rochester, Monroe County, New York (the "site"). Associated Secondary Development is also anticipated on the site, and may include the construction of commercial office space, retail space, and multi-family residential units or other uses that will have similar or less impacts.

LEAD AGENCIES: The RGRTA (Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority), being the agency having principal responsibility for carrying out or approving the project within the State, is the lead agency pursuant to SEQR. The FTA is the lead agency pursuant to NEPA.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS: The Joint EA-DEIS assesses the effect of the project on: property impacts, air quality, noise, water quality, ecologically sensitive areas, endangered species, traffic and parking, energy requirements, historic properties, construction, community disruption, environmental justice, safety, consistency with local plans as well as other secondary or cumulative impacts. The Joint EA-DEIS indicates that the project may have potential impacts on some existing tenants, existing traffic signal phasing and timing, parking and existing underground utilities.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: Copies of the Joint EA-DEIS are available for public examination and copying during business hours at the following locations:

Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority
1372 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14609
Telephone # (585) 232-6240

Rochester Public Library
115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
Telephone # (585) 428-7300

Rochester City Hall – Bureau of Building and Zoning
Room 125B
30 Church Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Telephone # (585)428-7043

WRITTEN COMMENTS: Comments on the Joint EA-DEIS are requested and will be received by the RGRTA until December 15, 2003. Comments may be sent to, and additional information on this project may be obtained from:

Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority
Attn. Mark Aesch
1372 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14609
Telephone # (585) 654-0235

PUBLIC HEARING: A Public Hearing to receive comments on the project and on the Joint EA-DEIS will be held on November 25, 2003, 6:00 PM, at the Rochester Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester NY, 14604, Telephone (585) 232-3362.


Negative Declaration

Monroe County - The City of Rochester, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Genesee Riverway Trail/ PIN4753.03 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves construction of a multi-use trail facility to complete a major portion of the Genesee Riverway Trail on the west bank beginning just south of Turning Point Park and extending to Petten Street within 100' of the river, a distance of 1.6 miles. A portion of the trail will proceed north on a pile supported structure through the Turning Basin and traverse the steep northern bank (with a structure) to the area known as Turning Point Park North. Acquisition of property rights will be under the preferred alternative alignment, 5.2 acres on commercial (Genesee Marina) property. Two structures on the main property would be relocated or demolished. The construction also includes improvements to an existing at grade railroad crossing. The project is located northwest quadrant of the City of Rochester within the community known as Charlotte, adjacent to the Genesee River known as Focus Site No. 1 in the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Contact: Sandra S. Pinkney, City of Rochester, Room 300B, City Hall, 30 Church Street, Rochester, New York 14614, phone: (585) 428-6732.


Seneca County - The Town of Seneca Falls, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Water Improvement No. 2, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves installation of approximately 16,300 LF (3.1 miles) of 8” PVC water main along NYS Route 5/20, NYS Route 318 and Gravel Road. All construction will be within the Town of Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York.

Contact: Peter Same, Town of Seneca Falls, 10 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, phone: (315) 568-8013.


Steuben County - The Steuben County Legislature, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Erwin Transfer Station Relocation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves construction of a new solid waste transfer station at a new location, 620 Addison Road in the Town of Erwin, to replace the existing Erwin Transfer Station.

Contact: Vincent Spagnoletti, Commissioner, Department of Public Works, 3 E. Pulteney Square, Bath, NY 14810, E-mail:vinces@co.steuben.ny.us


Notice of Acceptance Of Final EIS

Monroe County - The City of Rochester, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed additions to Sacred Heart Cathedral. The action involves construction of a new approximately 4,000 s.f. office addition to the Rectory, a new approximately 5,000s.f. atrium (Narthex) addition connecting the rectory and the Cathedral, and a new 114 space parking lot. The proposal requires the demolition of the surrounding residential structures. The project is located at 296 Flower City Park in the City of Rochester.

Contact: Dorraine Carr Laudisi, Bureau of Bldgs and Zoning, City Hall Rm 125B, Rochester, NY 14614, phone:(585)428-6698.