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August 22, 2006
Scoping Notices
      1. Improvements to the New Haven Rail Yard Maintenance Facilities (New Haven)
Environmental Impact Evaluations available for review and comment
      1. NEW!  Amended EIE for Proposed Gateway Community College Relocation and Consolidation to Downtown New Haven    
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Scoping Notices

Scoping Notices have been issued for the following state projects.  These projects are 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 Improvements to the New Haven Rail Yard Maintenance Facilities

Municipality where proposed project might be located: New Haven

Project Description:Reconstruction, additions to, and overall improvements and upgrades to the New Haven rail yard maintenance facilities.

Project Map: Click here to view a map of the project

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  August 31, 2006

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.

Additional information about the project can be viewed in person at or online

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

Name: Mr. Edgar T. Hurle - Transportation Planning Director
Agency: Connecticut Department of Transportation
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06131
Fax: 860-594-3028

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

Name: Mr. Keith T. Hall - Transportation Supervising Planner
Agency: Connecticut Department of Transportation
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06131
Phone: 860-594-2926
Fax: 860-594-3028

The agency expects to release an Environmental Impact Evaluation for this project, for public review and comment, in July 2007

EIE Notices

The following Environmental Impact Evaluations (EIEs) have been completed by state agencies and are available for review and comment. 

1.  Notice of Amended EIE for Proposed Gateway Community College (GCC) Relocation and Consolidation to Downtown New Haven

Municipality where project is proposed: New Haven

Address of Project Location: 2 and 20 Church Street, New Haven, Connecticut

Project Description: On April 4, 2006, an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) for the Proposed Action was made available for public review and comment and public hearings were held.  Since the publication of the EIE, it was determined that a proposed city-owned parking garage, that was suppose to be used by GCC, would not materialize in time for the Proposed Action’s opening date.  Therefore, the project description changed to include a parking garage for approximately 600 spaces at the preferred site, which resulted in the necessity to amend, where appropriate, the April 2006 EIE.  This Amended EIE includes the evaluation of this change.  All other aspects of the Proposed Action remain the same.

The proposed project consists of the construction and consolidation of Gateway Community College to Downtown New Haven.  The preferred site for the proposed project is at 2 and 20 Church Street on two parcels formerly known respectively as Macy’s and Malley’s.  The proposed site is bounded by Crown Street, Church Street, North Frontage Road, and Temple Street. The proposed project involves the construction of approximately 360,000 gross square feet of building space for the College, including a garage for approximately 600 spaces to be located on site; however, it is not expected to accommodate the Automotive Technology program due to cost constraints.

In addition to the on-site parking garage, a minimum of 600 spaces would be provided by the City of New Haven in the adjacent Temple Street Garage.

The proposed facility is expected to accommodate classrooms, laboratories, academic and administrative offices, a library, study areas, general use areas (e.g. dining, bookstore, day care, student activities), and support services (e.g. storage, mailroom, media production, etc.).  During pre-design, it was determined that implementation of the plan for total consolidation immediately may not be feasible due to cost constraints.  Therefore, the Automotive Technology program and some associated classes/programs will remain at the North Haven Campus for the short-term future. Any long-term solution will be assessed by the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Community-Technical Colleges (BOT-CTC) in terms of its applicability to potential environmental affects.


Project Location Map:  Click here to view the existing locations of GCC and to view the proposed project location.

Comments on this Amended EIE will be accepted until the close of business on: October 6, 2006

The public can view a copy of this Amended EIE at  

GCC’s Long Wharf Campus Library, 60 Sargent Drive, New Haven

GCC’s North Haven Campus Library, 88 Basset Road, North Haven

GCC’s web site:

New Haven City Clerk’s Office, 200 Orange Street, New Haven

New Haven Main Branch Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven

North Haven Town Clerk’s Office, 18 Church Street, North Haven

North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm Street, North Haven

·   BBOT-CTC, 61 Woodland Street, Hartford

Connecticut Department of Public Works, 165 Capitol Avenue, Room 275, Hartford

There is one (1) public hearing scheduled for this Amended EIE on:

DATE: Wednesday, September 27, 2006

TIME: 7:00 pm (the hearing will conclude at the end of public comments)

PLACE: GCC – Long Wharf Campus, Room 160, 60 Sargent Drive, New Haven

NOTES: Doors open at 6:30 pm


Send your comments about this Amended EIE to:


Ms. Lenell Kittlitz, Director of Facilities Planning


Board of Trustees of Connecticut Community-Technical Colleges


61 Woodland Street

Hartford, Connecticut 06105


(860) 566-6624


If you have questions about the public hearing, where you can review this Amended EIE, or similar matters, please contact:


Emilio Pizzoferrato, Project Manager


Department of Public Works


165 Capitol Avenue, Room 460



(860) 713-5943

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