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ENB - Region 7 Notices 8/28/2019

Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period and Legislative Public Comment Hearing

Applicant:

Onondaga County
1100 Civic Center
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Facility:

Loop-the-Lake Trail- Southeast Extension
Hiawatha Boulevard West Rear between Ley and Onondaga Creek/FWW SYW-12
Syracuse NY 13204

Application Number:

DEC #7-3115-00535/0001 Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands Permit

Prior Notice:

On June 24, 2019 the DEC issued a Notice of Complete Application: https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20190626_reg7.html

Current Notice:

This Notice serves to provide the public notification of the extension of the public comment period from August 28, 2019 until September 26, 2019. The public is also provided notice that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) will hold a public comment hearing on September 25, 2019. Details of the hearing are provided below.

Project Description:

The applicant proposes to construct the Southeast Extension of the Loop the Lake Trail. The trail connects to the Onondaga Creekwalk and Lake Lounge, traverses approximately 1,972 linear feet to a turnaround point, then returns to a common start/end point. The proposal includes an ADA-compliant, multi-use trail along Onondaga Lake and through NYS Class 1 Freshwater Wetland SYW-12 consisting of: a 10 foot wide steel pile boardwalk along Onondaga Lake Shoreline, a 10 foot wide helical pile boardwalk through the wetland and a 10 foot wide stone dust trail some of which is located through associated wetland adjacent areas. The project is located within subsite Wastebed B/Harbor Brook, a part of the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site and is currently undeveloped and vegetated by forested and herbaceous cover. The property is bordered by Onondaga Lake to the west, Onondaga Creek to the south, Ley Creek to the north and CSXT tracks and DestiNY USA to the east. The applicant has proposed to close the trail from December 1 through March 31 to avoid impacts to winter roosting habitat for state listed (threatened) bald eagles.

Document Availability:

Persons wishing to inspect the subject files, including the applications with all relevant supporting materials, and all other materials available to DEC (the "permitting authority") that are relevant to these permitting decisions should contact the NYS DEC representative listed below.

Project Location:

The project is located within subsite Wastebed B/Harbor Brook, a part of the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site and is currently undeveloped and vegetated by forested and herbaceous cover. The property is bordered by Onondaga Lake to the west, Onondaga Creek to the south, Ley Creek to the north and CSXT tracks and DestiNY USA to the east.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

The project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was performed.

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

A cultural resource survey was completed and cultural resources were identified. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) determined that the project will have no adverse impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Environmental Justice:

It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29.

Written Comments:

All written comments concerning the freshwater wetlands project proposal must be submitted to the NYS DEC Contact Person listed below by September 26, 2019. Comments sent by regular mail must be postmarked no later than September 26, 2019. Email and Fax comments must be received by 5:00 P.M. (EDT), September 26, 2019.

All public comments on these permits will be reviewed by NYS DEC Staff to determine whether they raise substantive and significant issues that warrant further review through adjudication. Specific comments must be supported by full documentation and references should be limited to readily available information.

Public Comment Hearing:

A public comment hearing session to receive unsworn statements from the public on the applications and the draft permits, described above, will be held before Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Molly McBride at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the OnCenter Convention Center, 800 South State Street, Syracuse, New York. All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the public comment hearing and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to file in advance to speak at the legislative hearing. Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation. Reasonable time limits may be set for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. The hearing location is fully accessible to persons with mobility impairment. Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons at no charge upon written request to the ALJ at least 10 days prior to the hearing, pursuant to the State Administrative Procedures Act. Requests should be submitted to ALJ Molly McBride, NYS DEC - Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1550, Phone: (518) 402-9003.

Contact:

Trendon Choe
NYS DEC - Region 7 Office
Division of Environmental Permits
615 Erie Boulevard West, 2nd Floor
Syracuse, NY 13204-2400
Phone: (315) 426-7445
Fax: (315) 426-7425
E-mail: DEP.R7@dec.ny.gov


Negative Declaration

Onondaga County - The Village of Fayetteville, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Limestone Creek and Bishop Brook Stream Bank and Riparian Buffer Improvements Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves stream restoration work within Limestone Creek at Limestone Plaza and Bishop Brook at Old Powder Mill Road. Through the implementation of streambank stabilization and restoration, riparian buffer plantings, and in-stream features, the project aims to reduce embankment loss and sedimentation, protect and harden the Canal Landing Park walkways and waterfront assets along Limestone Creek; protect and harden the roadway, stormwater, sanitary and water infrastructure along Old Powder Mill Road; establish and enhance riparian buffers to improve aesthetics, filter stormwater runoff, and mitigate the volume and intensity of stormwater runoff to reduce erosion and deterioration of an existing hard structural retaining wall on Limestone Creek; and improve and create new trout habitat using in-stream features to increase oxygen levels, create cover, and reduce thermal impacts. In addition, two existing stormwater outfall pipes that discharge to Limestone Creek will be extended to the edge of the modified channel. The two box culverts in Bishop Brook will also be extended. The project is located in the Village of Fayetteville, New York.

Contact: Mark A. Olson, Village of Fayetteville, 425 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY 13618, Phone: (315) 637-9864, E-mail: lcorsette@fayettevilleny.gov (Village Clerk).


Oswego County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Wheats Pit Life-of-Mine Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the expansion of an existing sand and gravel mine. Presently mining is permitted within a 10.7 acre Life of Mine (LOM). The proposal includes expanding the mine by 16.6 acres, increasing the LOM to 27.3 acres. The mine will include excavation of bank-run gravel reserves using a pay loader, excavator, and bulldozer. A portable screener will be used to process the material. Mining is proposed to go below the seasonal high-water table. Existing levels of traffic from the mine will not increase as a result of the LOM expansion. The mine will be reclaimed as a 19.0 acre pond, and upland areas will be graded to a maximum slope of 1.5 foot horizontal to 1 foot vertical, and re-vegetated with grasses. The project is located 2,000 feet south of Engles Road and 2,300 feet west of Rathburn Road in the town of Hannibal, New York.

Contact: Kevin M. Balduzzi, NYS DEC - Region 7 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204, Phone: (315) 426-7493, E-mail: DEP.R7@dec.ny.gov


Positive Declaration

Onondaga County - The City of Syracuse, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendment of Municipal Property Conservation Code may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves a proposal to amend the City's municipal property conservation code to provide for the identification, reduction and control of hazards due to the presence of deteriorated lead-based paint in/on pre-1978 structures. The primary goal is to protect residents from exposure and reduce the incidence of lead poisoning. The ordinance will require the presence of deteriorated lead-based paint on the interior and exterior of pre-1978 residential structures and on the exterior of pre-1978 nonresidential structures be identified and correctly addressed. The project is located throughout the City of Syracuse, New York.

Contact: Stephanie Pasquale, City of Syracuse, 201 East Washington Street, 6th Floor, Syracuse, NY 13202, Phone: (315) 448-8109, E-mail: spasquale@syrgov.net.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Onondaga County - The Village of Fayetteville, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Fayetteville Village Apartments. The Final EIS is available from the from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www.fayettevilleny.gov/NewsAndInformation/VillageNews/EIS547EastGenesee.

The action involves a rezoning application for the development of approximately 31.81 acres of mixed use multi-family residential/commercial development including:

  • Five (5) three-story apartment buildings, 30 units each (totaling 150 units);
  • Ten (10) two-story townhouse style units, 5 units each (totaling 50 units);
  • Four (4) two-story mixed-use buildings (maximum total of 44,000 square foot), uses to include retail, apartment, service,
    restaurant or other commercial use;
  • A new two-way continuous left turn lane from the proposed westerly site driveway to the intersection of East Genesee
    Street and New York State Route 257.

The Property is a well-known brownfield located in the heart of the Village of the Fayetteville, the building was previously used by Accurate Die Casting Corporation (ADC).

The project is located at 547 East Genesee Street in the Village of Fayetteville, New York.

Contact: Lorie Corsette, Village of Fayetteville, 425 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY 13618, Phone: (315) 637-9864, E-mail: lcorsette@fayettevilleny.gov.


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