Tonight, midway through a meeting that lasted for five hours, the Planning Board completed the SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) process for 75 North Seventh Street and 708 State Street and voted unanimously to make a negative declaration.
Of the eighteen questions on the Full Environmental Assessment Form, the Planning Board answered yes to seven of them: (1) Impact on Land; (9) Impact on Aesthetic Resources; (10) Impact on Historic and Archeological Resouces; (13) Impact on Transportation; (14) Impact on Energy; (15) Impact on Noise, Odor, and Light; and (18) Consistency with Community Character.
The Planning Board did not vote on approving the site plan, but a negative declaration is all that is needed for the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to make a decision about granting PILOTs and other financial benefits to the project. The IDA meets tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for the purpose of doing just that. Click here to join the Zoom meeting. At the Planning Board meeting tonight, Dan Kent of the Galvan Foundation said that "site plan approval at the October meeting would be fine" for pursuing funding from NYS Homes and Community Renewal.
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