Robert Moses Parkway - Public Hearingby jpauly
NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF PARKS RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION
NIAGARA GORGE CORRIDOR: ROBERT MOSES PARKWAY REMOVAL PROJECT: MAIN STREET TO FINDLAY DRIVE, NIAGARA FALLS, NY
PROJECT IDENTIFICATION NO. 5761.90
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation ("State Parks"), in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation, the City of Niagara Falls, USA Niagara Development Corporation, and the New York Power Authority are proposing construction of the Niagara Gorge Corridor: Robert Moses Parkway ("Parkway") Removal Project: Main Street to Findlay Drive (the "Project") in the City of Niagara Falls, NY (Please note that portions of the Parkway outside the Project area were recently renamed the "Niagara Scenic Parkway").
The Project involves the removal of all existing limited-access expressway features of the Parkway between Main Street and Findlay Drive and the reconstruction of local streets that are immediately adjacent to the Parkway along this segment (i.e., Third Street between Main Street and Cedar Avenue and Whirlpool Street in its entirety between Main Street and Findlay Drive, including its removal between Walnut Avenue and Cedar Avenue). The Project is intended to remove the physical barrier of the expressway configuration of the Parkway that effectively cuts off City neighborhoods from the Niagara Gorge; help restore the natural ecology of the Gorge rim along this segment through the reduction of paved surfaces; and redefine the area to best facilitate ecotourism and local quality of life, all while still providing sufficient multi-modal transportation access along and to this portion of the Niagara Gorge Corridor. The total length of the project is 2 ± miles, all in the City of Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York.
DESIGN REPORT/ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
A Design Report/Environmental Assessment (DR/EA) has been prepared which assesses the project's effect on the quality of the human and natural environment in accordance with the provisions of Section 102(2) (c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 P.L. 91-190 (NEPA) and associated Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) implementing regulations at 23 CFR Part 771.119. A portion of the DR/EA also includes a Section 4(f) Evaluation which has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (codified in 1983 as 49 United States Code (USC) § 303(c)) and associated FHWA implementing regulations at 23 CFR Part 774. The DR/EA has also been prepared in accordance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR, Article 8 of NYS Environmental Conservation Law) and its implementing regulations at Section 6 NYCRR Part 617. This announcement also meets the public notice requirements of the New York State Eminent Domain Procedure Law (EDPL).
Copies of the DR/EA are available for review at the locations listed below (during normal business hours) and will be available at the Public Hearing:
Niagara Falls State Park - Administration Bldg. - 332 Prospect Street - Niagara Falls, NY 14303
DeVeaux Woods State Park - Administration Bldg. - 3180 DeVeaux Woods Drive East - Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Earl W. Brydges Public Library - 1425 Main Street - Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Niagara Falls City Hall - City Clerk's Office - 745 Main Street - Niagara Falls, NY 14302
The report will also be available online at http://nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/public-documents.asp(Scroll down to: "Robert Moses Parkway - North Segment").
Comments on the DR/EA must be received by Mr. Thomas Donohue at the address listed below by September 9, 2016.
In accordance with the provisions of Title 23, U.S. Code, Section 128 and Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1500 to 1508; a Public Hearing to present the DR/EA and receive public comments will be held as follows:
DATE: Thursday, August 25, 2016
LOCATION: Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls located at 101 Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls, NY
SCHEDULE: Open House 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(Informal review of materials and discussion with project staff)
Presentation 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(Public comment period from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm)
All interested persons will be given the opportunity to express their views concerning the economic and social effects of the design plans, their impact on the natural environment and their consistency with the goals and objectives of such planning as has been promulgated by the community. The proceedings will be recorded. Persons may file written statements and other exhibits in place of or in addition to oral statements made at the public hearing. Written statements submitted at the hearing or mailed and received by September 9, 2016 at the address below will be made part of the record.
Mr. Thomas Donohue
40 LaRiviere Drive - Suite 350
Buffalo, NY 14202
Persons wishing to make a statement during the public comment period at the Hearing may reserve a speaking slot by contacting Cheryl Lehman, Tel. 716-541-0732, or via email at Cheryl.Lehman@parsons.com, or fax 716-541-0760. Requests for speaking slots will be honored in the order in which they are received. Persons who have not reserved a speaking slot may sign up to speak at the Hearing. They will be called upon in the order in which they have signed up, as time slots become available. Each speaker will have no more than five minutes.