The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will hold a public hearing to gather input on the Design Report/Environmental Assessment (DR/EA) for the Niagara Gorge Corridor: Robert Moses Parkway (“Parkway”) Removal Project: Main Street to Findlay Drive (the "Project").
Public Hearing Information
Date: Thursday August 25th, 2016
Location: Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls (101 Old Falls Street; Niagara Falls, NY 14303)
Schedule: Open House: 5-9pm (Informal review of materials and discussion with project staff) Presentation: 6-7pm (Public comment period from 7-8pm
About the Project
The Project involves the removal of all existing limited-access expressway features of the Robert Moses 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).
The DR/EA is available online at http://nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/public-documents.aspx (Scroll down to: “Robert Moses Parkway - North Segment”).
Copies of the DR/EA are also 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, NY14303
- 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
Public Comment Process
Comments on the DR/EA must be received by Mr. Thomas Donohue at the address listed below by September 9, 2016.
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.
Please advise Ms. Lehman by August 11, 2016 if you require a sign language interpreter, assistive listening system, translator, or any other accommodation(s) to facilitate your participation in the Hearing.