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ENB Region 9 Notices 11/23/2022

Negative Declaration

Erie County - The Town of Lancaster, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the rezoning of a 1.23 acre parcel from Light Commercial to Multi-family Mixed Use for the proposed development of a mixed use building to include a coffee shop and commercial spaces of 18,000 square foot. The project is located on the southeast corner of Broadway and Bowen Road in the Town of Lancaster, New York.

Contact: Thomas E. Fowler, Jr., Town of Lancaster, 21 Central Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086, Phone: (716) 684-3342, E-mail:

Erie County - The Amherst Central School District, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Capital Improvements Project, 2022 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Amherst Central School District (District) proposes to undertake Capital Improvements Project, 2022, which includes various renovations and upgrades at the District's buildings and sites including the High School, Middle School, and Smallwood Drive and Windermere Boulevard Elementary Schools (ES). The purpose of the project is to correct deficiencies at aging buildings and facilities and make improvements to comply with current code and educational programmatic requirements; enhance safety, security, and accessibility; and extend useful life and upgrade building systems and outdoor facilities.

Proposed building construction and reconstruction work includes an Early Childhood Education Center building addition to Windermere ES (partially funded with monies allocated to the District under the Smart Schools Bond Act) with secure entry, classrooms, and a multi-purpose activity area and related grading, drainage, and utilities upgrades; High School South Gymnasium renovations including wood floor, HVAC, lighting, windows, locker rooms, restrooms, and main vestibule; auditorium renovations including dressing rooms and rifle range at the High School; auditorium heating and ventilation upgrades and stage lighting, sound, and rigging upgrades at the Middle School, Smallwood ES, and Windermere ES; Middle School Career and Life Skills rooms renovations; Smallwood ES main entry corridor updates; and Computer Technology-Equipment rooms renovations and IT security at each school.

Security upgrades are proposed at each school and include items such as secure entrances, intrusion resistant film on select doors and windows, security cameras, energy-efficient LED exterior lighting with photo sensors, and intrusion locksets on doors. Proposed accessibility improvements include upgrades at the High School main entry and upgraded elevator systems and controls at the High and Middle Schools.

Multiple upgrades to building systems, including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work, are proposed at each school and include upgrades such as upgraded air handling, ventilation, and heating including new boiler system and controls at the High and Middle Schools, new hot water heaters at the High School and Smallwood ES, and new plumbing fixtures in Smallwood ES and Windermere ES restrooms and classrooms. Other proposed upgrades include items such as gymnasium divider door and technology wing centralized dust collection system at Middle School; classrooms dividing partitions at Smallwood ES; and interior door upgrades including stairwell doors and swimming pool filtration upgrades at Windermere ES. Abatement work for materials such as asbestos-containing, mercury or lead will be undertaken as needed. Miscellaneous other interior renovations could include floors, ceilings, and walls and associated finishes. Proposed building envelope work includes masonry upgrades including chimney repair at the High School, and some roof and exterior door upgrades at Windermere ES, and extension of Smallwood ES loading dock.

Proposed site work includes upgrades to athletic facilities including multi-sport synthetic turf fields between the High and Middle Schools with accessories such as field lighting; softball and baseball dugouts with storage rooms, batting cages, bullpens, ball-stop netting, portable mounds, scoreboards, and bleachers. Other related site improvements may include a concessions / locker room / restrooms building, parking area, main entry gate, sidewalks, drainage, fencing, and new flag pole foundations and stairs. Also proposed are traffic circulation upgrades such as parent pickup / drop-off loops at the Middle School and Smallwood ES and an enhanced bus loop and parent pickup / drop-off loop at Windermere ES. Other site work may include renovation of tennis courts to align with curriculum goals at the elementary schools and covered patio / play space at Windermere ES.

The project is located throughout the Amherst Central School District in the Town of Amherst, New York.

Contact: Anthony Panella, Amherst Central School District, 55 Kings Highway. Amherst, NY 14226, Phone: (716) 362-3051, E-mail:

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