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Negative Declaration

Erie County - The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Oak School House Loft Apartments Development will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a building conversion to contain 41 apartments. In addition, the project will also include, but is not limited to, the following: land acquisition; demolition of the adjacnt property at 290 Oak Street; exterior lighting; landscaping; installation of new public utilities; new curbs, sidewalks and driveways; construction of ancillary parking for 45 vehicles. The project is located at 280 Oak Street, Buffalo, NY.

Contact: Gregory Bernas, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, room 901 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202, phone: (716) 851-5083.

Niagara County - The City of Niagara Falls Office of Planning and Environmental Services (Planning Office), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Niagara Falls Water Treatment Freeze/Thaw Sludge Beds will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a full-scale freeze/thaw facility on the west side of the Michael C. O'Laughlin Municipal Water Treatment Plant. Three freeze/thaw beds would be built comprising 4.8 acres within a 7.0-acre parcel.

Thickened residuals produced from the existing processes at the water treatment plant, which is located directly adjacent, would be pumped to the beds for dewatering and subsequent disposal using the freeze-thaw-evaporation cycle. The beds would consist of inlet piping; three decant structures, drainage piping, and a geosynthetic clay-liner system to prevent permeation of water from the residuals into the ground. Once approximately every five years, dewatered sludge would be removed from the beds. The beds would then be available for re-use in another multi-year dewatering process/cycle.

The project is located at 5600 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, New York. Also known as the “Water Treatment Plant—Eastern Area.”

Contact: Thomas J. DeSantis, Department of Community Development, Division of Planning and Environmental Services, City Hall, Room 305, 745 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14302-0069, phone: (716) 286-4470, fax: (716) 286-4454.

Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft Generic EIS And Public Hearing

Erie County - The Erie Community College Board of Trustees, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Erie Community College Facilities Master Plan. A public hearing on the Draft Generic EIS will be held on:

ECC City Campus
Minni Gillette Auditorium
Monday, May 10, 2004
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

ECC South Campus
Lecture Hall 5101
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

ECC North Campus Gleasner Auditorium
Thursday, May 13, 2004
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Written comments on the Draft Generic EIS will be accepted until June 25, 2004. The action involves Erie Community College (ECC) undergoing a comprehensive institutional assessment. It began in the spring of 2001 with the commissioning of a study to identify the components upon which the College community could develop its Long Range Campus Master Plan. Phase I of the Institutional Assessment Feasibility Study (discussed in greater detail in DGEIS Section 2.5) was completed by Resultants International, Inc. in the spring of 2002.

Based on the study results, the ECC Board of Trustees selected the following three specific alternatives for further analysis:

Alternative 1: Retention of Three Campuses – Rehabilitation of three campuses to meet student needs based on traditional public education funding.

Alternative 2: One Central Consolidated Campus in Downtown Buffalo.

Alternative 3: Retention of Three Campuses – Rehabilitation and rebuilding of three campuses using public-private partnership funding, including private development. This alternative may include new campus facilities to meet the needs of the public-private partnership.

The project includes all Three Campuses of Erie Community College located at the following addresses:

ECC City Campus
121 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

ECC South Campus
4041 Southern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY. 14127

ECC North Campus
6205 Main St.
Williamsville, NY

Contacts: Dr. James G. Corasanti, Chairman ECC Board of Trustees, C/O Andrew M. Eszak AICP, Deputy Commissioner Erie County DEP, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, 95 Franklin Street, Room 1062, Buffalo, NY 14202, phone: (716) 858-4910, fax: (716) 858-7248.