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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION AND PRESERVATION/REHABILITATION

STATE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY REVIEW REQUIREMENTS    (HFA Form 15)

INTRODUCTION

As part of its application process for NEW CONSTRUCTION, the Agency’s Environmental Services Unit (ESU) requires that each applicant complete the following three Forms/Reports: (1) The Short Environmental Assessment Form-Part 1;  (2) the Agency’s Cultural Resources Assessment Form/ Building Structure Inventory Form and (3) prepare a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report.

As part of its application process for PRESERVATION/REHABILITATION, the Agency’s ESU requires  that each applicant complete the following two Forms/Reports: (1) the Agency’s Cultural Resources Assessment Form/ Building Structure Inventory Form and (2) prepare a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report, as well as prepare asbestos-containing materials (ACM), lead-based paint (LBP), and radon testing/analysis reports.

SHORT  ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FORM – PART 1 (SEAF -Part 1) – For New Construction Only

The SEAF-Part I has been designed to assist the Agency's ESU in determining what significant impacts the project may have on the environment as well as determine what type of SEQR review is necessary.  The Short EAF-Part 1 can be accessed at http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6191.html . Certain projects may require completion of a Full Environmental Assessment Form-Part 1. The applicant will be contacted by the Agency’s ESU, if that is the case, after receipt of the SEAF-Part 1.

If the project has previously undergone a local or statewide SEQR review, the applicant is to append evidence of such prior environmental review to the application.  Such evidence is to include, at a minimum, the EAF-Part 1 completed for that SEQR review, a copy of any technical reports submitted in support of the project (e.g., traffic report, subsurface test borings, etc.), and a copy of the relevant SEQR determination (e.g., Negative Declaration, Conditioned Negative Declaration, Findings Statement).  

CULTURAL RESOURCES ASSESSMENT FORM/BUILDING STRUCTURE INVENTORY FORM

In order for HFA to complete its statutory review obligations under the New York State Historic Preservation Act of 1980 (“SHPA”), it is necessary for all loan and grant applicants to complete the Agency’s Cultural Resources Assessment Form and return it for an impact determination to: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (“OPRHP”) , Historic Preservation Field Services Bureau, Peebles Island, P.O. Box 189, Waterford, New York 12188-0189, (Att: Mr. Jim Warren).  For questions,  Mr. Warren may be contacted at (518) 237-8643  X3283 or  at James.Warren@parks.ny.gov. Please note that OPRHP will not accept applications by e-mail. If there are any buildings located on the proposed site to be either demolished or rehabilitated, the attached Building Structure Inventory Form must also be completed.  A copy of all materials submitted to OPRHP must be submitted to the HFA Construction and Environmental Services Unit: Attention: Len Sedney.

ENVIRONMENTAL SITE  ASSESSMENT REPORT (“ESA”)

PHASE I ESA

The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report (“Phase I ESA”) is an important method of establishing and maintaining a facility's and/or site's compliance with environmental laws and regulations in the context of a commercial real estate transaction.  The Phase I ESA provides information to evaluate a facility's/site's environmental history and current status. The ESA also establishes a record of the Agency’s (lender) and borrower (property owner) environmental due diligence in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”)  known as the Federal Superfund Law, and lender

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