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Agreement on Crossroads Review Will Provide $100,000 to Local Towns to Study Environmental Impact
Commissioner Christopher O. Ward of the New York City Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that as part of an agreement
with State Senators John J. Bonacic and James L. Seward the DEP will provide
up to $100,000 for local review of the proposed Crossroads development.
The money will be shared by the towns of Shandaken and Middletown.
Commissioner Ward also announced that DEP will be withdrawing a proposed
$600,000 consulting contract for review of the project, and will instead
be proceeding with a smaller contract focusing primarily on water quality
issues. The contract will support the work of DEP’s own professional
staff in reviewing and commenting on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement
for the project.
“Our first priority is ensuring that water quality is preserved
and protected and, as an involved agency, we will continue to play an
active role in the review of the Crossroads project under the State Environmental
Quality Review Act,” said Commissioner Ward. “At the same
time, we recognize that local governments also play an important role
in articulating and addressing issues of local concern. The agreement
we have reached will advance both purposes; it will allow the towns to
conduct a more comprehensive review of issues that are most important
to their residents, while the City continues to meet its obligation to
protect the water supply that half the State depends on.”
The agreement to provide funding for Shandaken and Middletown was reached
after representatives of those communities expressed concerns about participation
in the environmental review of the project, and a desire to ensure that
potential local impacts were fully analyzed and addressed.
Crossroads is the largest development proposed in the New York City
watershed in decades. It includes two 18-hole golf courses, 263 housing
units in 76 separate buildings, two hotels, over 13,000 sq. ft. of retail
space, a conference center, a health spa, maintenance buildings and an
extensive network of roads and other supporting infrastructure, all on
1,900 acres of watershed land that drains into two of the City’s