Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Register-Star has an editorial today bemoaning the delay in moving ahead with the senior center: "OUR VIEW: Senior center follies." Although the authors of the editorial seem not to grasp the reason for the delay, it's simple enough. The City overlooked--or chose to ignore--the fact that the Youth Center is in a historic district listed in the State and National Register of Historic Places. It has been since 1985, so it should come as no surprise to anyone. The National Register designation makes the project a Type I action, requiring the use of the long form for the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR), and, because the district's historic status was ignored, there may also be implications for the City's original grant application.