What do we know about the environmental impact of a demolition, adaptive reuse or façade project at St. Paul’s?

The Village has undertaken numerous steps to assess the potential environmental impact associated with the St. Paul’s project and the Board of Trustees will perform additional environmental review before it approves any of the alternatives being considered.

Between 2009 and 2011, the Village commissioned the preparation of environmental impact statement (“EIS”) when demolition was being considered. That EIS assessed potential impacts to environmental resources such as open space, historical and archeological resources, aesthetic resources, public health and safety, and community character. The EIS also assessed the potential impact from hazardous materials, such as asbestos containing material (“ACM”) and lead-based paint (“LBP”), that would be encountered during construction activity. The EIS also assessed mitigation measures that could be implemented to reduce environmental impacts. A copy of the Draft EIS can be found here and a copy of the Final EIS can be found here.

Additionally, in 2019 the Village commissioned an assessment of impacts to cultural resources associated with the potential adaptive reuse of the building. The cultural resource due diligence memo summarizing that assessment can be found here. In July 2019 a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (“ESA”) was prepared on behalf of the Village to evaluate whether hazardous substances may be present at the St. Paul’s property. That Phase I ESA can be found here. The Board of Trustees encourages residents to review the documents that detail the environmental assessments that have been completed to date.

Before the Board of Trustees makes a final decision with respect to the options being considered for St. Paul’s, it will comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”). The SEQRA review will require an evaluation of the potential environmental impacts resulting from the St. Paul’s project. That SEQRA review may require the preparation of a new EIS or Supplemental EIS, and residents will have an opportunity to participate in that process.

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1. I pay $9,000 in Village taxes now and want to know how much a St. Paul’s project would cost me?
2. What would a St. Paul’s Project cost me?
3. Can I vote by Absentee Ballot if I am unable to vote in person on October 21st?
4. How Can the Village Ensure Safety of St. Paul’s Fields and Middle School Fields During Any St. Paul’s Project?
5. What is the present condition of the St. Paul’s Main Building?
6. I am confused by the ballot. Can you explain it to me?
7. How much has the Village spent on the St. Paul’s Building over the last 10 years?
8. Why is the St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll on October 21st, Homecoming Day?
9. What do we know about the environmental impact of a demolition, adaptive reuse or façade project at St. Paul’s?
10. Why is the Village taking steps now to remove the stained glass windows from the St. Paul’s Chapel rather than shoring them up in place?
11. What resident votes, polls or surveys have taken place in the past relating to St. Paul’s and what were the results?
12. What are the details of the St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll? When and Where?
13. What will be on the Ballot on October 21st?
14. How do I get an Absentee Ballot?
15. Why is the Village having a “St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll” on October 21st rather than a “Referendum” or a “Vote” and what is the difference in these terms?
16. Will the demolition have an impact on the air quality of the students attending the Middle School?
17. Would lead paint particles be present on the surrounding playing fields as a result of demolition?
18. What are the restrictions on the St. Paul’s Property and why do we have them? What do people mean when they talk about “Permitted Uses”?