Environmental Monitor
August 16, 2011
    1. Windham Hospital Medical Office Building, Windham
   1. Montville Public Safety Building, Montville 
   No Environmental Impact Evaluations have been submitted for publication in this edition.
    1. NEW! West Hartford, 2688 Albany Ave.(In Step I of Transfer Process)


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"Scoping" is for projects in the earliest stages of planning.  At the scoping stage, detailed information on a project's design, alternatives, and environmental impacts does not yet exist.  Sponsoring agencies are asking for comments from other agencies and from the public as to the scope of alternatives and environmental impacts that should be considered for further study.  Send your comments to the contact person listed for the project by the date indicated.

1. Notice of Scoping for Windham Hospital Medical Office Building

Municipality where proposed project might be located: Windham

Address of Possible Project Location: 605 Valley Street, Willimantic, CT 06226

Project Description: The DECD is providing a grant-in-aid in the amount of $8,400,000 to Windham Hospital for the development of an on-campus Medical Office Building of 29,840 square feet on two levels with adjacent parking of approximately 150 spaces. The project will play a valuable strategic role in enhancing the Hospital's ability to recruit and retain physician practices and to provide functional space for them. The new building will provide space that promotes operating efficiency as well as advances patient convenience and care coordination. Additionally, the Medical Office Building will further develop and integrate the Hospital's campus and make it more of a destination thereby enhancing Windham Hospital's image and that of its local medical network. This project is important not only for the future success of Windham Hospital as a vital healthcare provider and patient safety net, but also to enhance the region's economic performance.

Project Map(s)

Click here to view a map of the project area

Click here to view the Master Plan for the project

Click here to view the Grading Plan for the project

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  Friday, August, 19, 2011.

Any person can ask the sponsoring agency to hold a Public Scoping Meeting by sending such a request to the address below.  If a meeting is requested by 25 or more individuals, or by an association that represents 25 or more members, the sponsoring agency shall schedule a Public Scoping Meeting.  Such requests must be made by Friday, July, 29, 2011.

Written comments and/or requests for a Public Scoping Meeting should be sent to:

Name: Nelson Tereso
Agency: Department of Economic and Community Development
Address: 505 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Fax: 860-270-8157
E-Mail: nelson.g.tereso@ct.gov

If you have questions about the public meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact:

Name: Nelson Tereso
Agency: Department of Economic and Community Development
Address: 505 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-270-8213
Fax: 860-270-8157
E-Mail: nelson.g.tereso@ct.gov

Post-Scoping Notices: Environmental Impact Evaluation Not Required
This category is required by the October 2010 revision of the Generic Environmental Classification Document for State Agencies. A notice is published here if the sponsoring agency, after publication of a scoping notice and consideration of comments received, has determined that an  Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) does not need to be prepared for the proposed project.

1. Post-Scoping Notice for Montville Public Safety Building:Environmental Impact Evaluation Not Required

CEPA Determination:  On April 19, 2011 the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) published a Notice of Scoping to solicit public comments for this project in the Environmental Monitor. The DECD has taken those comments into consideration and has concluded that the project does not require the preparation of Environmental Impact Evaluation under CEPA.

The agency's conclusion is documented in a Memo of Findings and Determination and an Environmental Assessment Checklist.

No Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) has been submitted for review and comment in this edition.

State Land Transfer Notices

Connecticut General Statutes Section 4b-47requires public notice of most proposed sales and transfers of state-owned lands. The public has an opportunity to comment on any such proposed transfer. Each notice includes an address where comments should be sent. Read more about the five-step process...

1. Notice of Proposed Land Transfer, West Hartford

Complete Address of Property: 2688 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, CT

Commonly used name of property or other identifying information: Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) South Branch Park River Flood Control Site 2 (Bugbee)

Number of acres to be transferred: 0.02 acre Permanent Easement for portion of adjacent original driveway

Click to view map of property location

Description of Property

Below is some general information about the property.  It should not be considered a complete description of the property and should not be relied upon for making decisions.  If only a portion of a property is proposed for transfer, the description pertains only to the portion being transferred.

Brief Description of Historical and Current Uses: Property was condemned for flood control purposes in the 1960s and has been retained primarily in its natural state.

The property to be transferred contains the following:

Structures:             Buildings in use   Buildings not in use       No Structures

Other Features:    Wooded land    
 Nonagricultural fields    
 Active agriculture

                           Paved areas       Ponds, streams, other water, wetlands

Water Supply:       Public water supply    On-site well                  Unknown
Waste Disposal:   Served by sewers      On-site septic system    Unknown

Click to view aerial view of property: Aerial Map

Click to view photographs of property: none available

The Locational Guide Map of the Connecticut Conservation and Development Policies Plan identifies the property as being in the following category:
Regional Center Neighborhood Conservation Area Growth Area
 Rural Community Center  Rural Area
 Conservation Area
 Preservation Area  Existing Preserved Open Space

The property is in the following municipal zone:

Residential Industrial  Commercial  Institutional

Not zoned  Not known

Value of property, if known:
If checked, value is not known.

Links to other available information:

Type of Sale or Transfer:

Sale or transfer of property in fee

Sale or transfer of partial interest in the property (such as an easement).  Description of interest:  Boundary line from original condemnation of property for flood control purposes overlapped the neighboring driveway to the west.  The driveway has been slightly reconfigured but DEEP's property boundary still overlaps the existing driveway.  This easement will formalize rights that are appurtenant to the adjacent residential property and correct an oversight from the original acquisition.

Original condemnation map  showing approximate proposed easement.

Proposed recipient, if known: Franklin Trust Federal Credit Union, current owner of property

Proposed use by property recipient, if known: Portion of driveway serving residential structure on adjacent site

The agency is proposing to transfer the property with the following restrictions on future uses:  To be used for driveway access only.
If checked, the state is not currently proposing restrictions on future uses.

Reason the State of Connecticut is proposing to transfer this property:
This easement is to correct an oversight from the original condemnation by formalizing rights that are appurtenant to the neighboring property to the west.

Comments from the public are welcome and will be accepted until the close of business on September 17, 2011

Comments may include (but are not limited to) information you might have about significant natural resources or recreation resources on the property, as well as your recommendations for means to preserve such resources.

Written comments* should be sent to

Name :

Patrick O’Brien

Agency :

Office of Policy and Management

Address :

450 Capitol Avenue MS#52 ASP
Hartford, CT 06106-1379

E-Mail :


*E-Mail submissions are preferred.  (Comments from state agencies must be on agency letterhead and signed by agency head.  Scanned copies are preferred.)

Additional information: Easement will become a permanent benefit to this property.

What Happens Next?

To find out if this proposed transfer is the subject of further notices, check future editions of the Environmental Monitor.  Sign up for e-alerts to receive a reminder e-mail on Environmental Monitor publication dates.

No Step II, Step III, Step IV or Step V Notices were submitted for publication in this edition.

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