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New York County - The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), a subsidiary of the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development Corporation (a political subdivision and public benefit corporation of the State of New York), as lead agency, in cooperation with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority), has determined that the Proposed Further Refinements to the World Trade Center (WTC) Memorial and Redevelopment Plan (Proposed Further Refinements) will not, either individually or cumulatively, have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment or a significant adverse environmental impact not already analyzed and disclosed in the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) for the WTC Memorial and Redevelopment Plan (Approved Plan). Therefore, a supplemental environmental impact statement will not be prepared pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Act (Environmental Conservation Law, Article 8). The Approved Plan is a Type I action that was the subject of a FGEIS (see Environmental Notice Bulletin, April 21, 2004).

Implementation of the Approved Plan began with the formal groundbreaking for Freedom Tower on July 4, 2004. Preliminary design and engineering led to certain adjustments and refinements in the GPP, which were analyzed in an Environmental Assessment (EA) released for comment in April 2005 (2005 EA). That 2005 EA concluded that the environmental impacts of the Plan with such refinements would not differ significantly from those set forth in the FGEIS; LMDC approved the refinements in May 2005 and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). On-going work on the design and engineering of Freedom Tower, particularly in response to security concerns expressed by the New York City Police Department, led to revisions to the Freedom Tower design. A Technical Memorandum considering the potential environmental impacts resulting from those changes was prepared in September 2005. That Technical Memorandum concluded that there would be no significant adverse impacts from the design changes and, accordingly, that there was no need to supplement or amend the FGEIS or the ROD, or take any other further action pursuant to the NEPA or SEQRA.

As planning and implementation have advanced, LMDC, working in cooperation with HUD, the Port Authority, The City of New York, and Silverstein Properties, Inc. and its affiliates as the Port Authority's Net Lessees, continued to refine the Approved Plan. Because the Approved Plan was generic, preliminary design and engineering has led to certain further adjustments and refinements based on coordination with oversight agencies as well as market, design, and financial considerations. In addition, LMDC and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, Inc. have further developed plans for the Memorial to meet budget requirements and to ensure that its completion would occur in 2009. LMDC has prepared an EA to document and assess the potential environmental impacts of changes in the planning, engineering, design, and construction of the WTC Site since the 2005 EA and Technical Memorandum. Specifically, this EA addresses four plan changes: modifications to the WTC Southwest Quadrant of the WTC Site, including the Memorial design and the programming of cultural facilities; a reduction in the proposed use of river water-cooling on the WTC Site; the elimination of an oil-water separator at the intersection of Fulton and Greenwich Streets; and revision to the construction staging and phasing of components of the Approved Plan.

Located in Lower Manhattan, the Project Site includes both the WTC Site and the Southern Site. The WTC Site is bounded by Route 9A and Vesey, Church, and Liberty Streets. The Southern Site is immediately to the south of the WTC Site and comprises two adjacent city blocks, one bounded by Liberty, Washington, Albany, and Greenwich Streets, and the other bounded by Liberty Street, Route 9A, and Cedar and Washington Streets. The Southern Site includes those properties commonly known as 130 Liberty Street, 140 Liberty Street, and 155 Cedar Street. Also included in the Southern Site are subsurface portions of Liberty Street from the eastern side of Route 9A to the western side of Greenwich Street; Washington Street from the northern side of Cedar Street to the southern side of Liberty Street; and subsurface portions of Cedar Street from the eastern side of Route 9A to the eastern side of Washington Street.

The EA for the Proposed Further Refinements, Finding of No Significant Impact and Determination of Non-Significance and further information are available on LMDC's website: http://renewnyc.com in the "Planning, Design & Development" section. A copy of the EA, Finding of No Significant Impact and Determination of Non-Significance are also on file at LMDC's Legal Affairs Department at the address below and are available for review on weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., public holidays excluded. A copy of the EA, Finding of No Significant Impact and Determination of Non-Significance are also available for public review at the following locations:

Chatham Square Library
33 East Broadway
New York, NY 10007
New Amsterdam Library
9 Murray Street
New York, NY 10002
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
476 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Hamilton Fish Library
415 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
Hudson Park Library
66 Leroy Street
New York, NY 10007
Manhattan Community Board
149-51 Chambers Street, #715
New York, NY 10007
Manhattan Community Board
23 Washington Square Park
New York, NY 10012
Manhattan Community Board
359 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

All interested agencies, groups and persons may submit written comments for consideration to LMDC at the following address: Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Attention: Comments on WTC EA, One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10006. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on September 28, 2006. Comments received after 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on September 27, 2006 will not be considered. Comments may also be submitted until 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on September 28, 2006, by e-mailing comments to wtcenvironmental@renewnyc.com. LMDC will not take any administrative action on the Proposed Further Refinements prior to the expiration of the comment period.

Contact: Victor J. Gallo, Senior Advisor and Counsel, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10006; Tel: (212) 962-2300; Fax: (212) 962-2431; E-mail: wtcenvironmental@renrewnyc.com