Mar 6, 2019 | Letter presented to the Livingston Planning Board – Member of Assembly, 106th District, Didi Barrett

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THE ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK ALBANY

Didi Barrett

Assemblymember 106th District

Dear Livingston Planning Board,

As NY State Assemblymember representing the town of Livingston, I write to share my concerns

regarding the potential negative environmental and community impacts posed by Global

Partner’s large proposed retail convenience store and gas station project. I urge you to deny the

application for a special use permit and issue a positive declaration requiring a full

environmental impact study and site remediation of the current gas station.

The environmental threats of this proposed project warrants a thorough environmental review.

Bells Pond is a New York State protected wetland, identified by DEC’s Riparian Opportunity

Assessment as “significantly stressed.” The proposed project increases the risk of groundwater

contamination, and runoff into Bells Pond, and the Hudson River Tributary, Mud Creek. It may

also place environmental burdens on wildlife habitat, ecosystem services, natural storm water

control, and erosion control. A full environmental impact study should be required to understand

the effects of the proposed project.

Should the project be approved, the lack of a site remediation plan for the current gas station is

also troubling. To mitigate the risk a vacant gas station in Livingston poses to surrounding

property values and community morale, I implore the planning board to require an adequate

remediation effort and exit plan for the old station.

In addition to environmental threats, the proposed project would alter the character of our rural

community. The Bells Pond Diner has long served as an anchor of our community, and a

gathering place for many local residents, including myself; it happens to be a favorite weekday

breakfast place for me, a diner devotee. Before moving forward with Global Partner’s proposed

retail convenience store and gas station project, I ask you to consider the community loss of this

Livingston establishment.

I strongly urge you to decline Global Partner’s application for a special use permit and

issue a positive declaration in favor of a full environmental impact study and site

Thank you for your consideration of this request. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions.

Sincerely,

Didi Barrett