ITHACA, NY – The Town of Ithaca Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed Maplewood Redevelopment Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the regularly scheduled Planning Board meeting that begins a 7:00pm in the Ithaca Town Board Room at 215 North Tioga Street.

The Town of Ithaca Planning Board, as the Lead Agency in the environmental review, issued a Positive Declaration of Environmental Significance for the project earlier this year and authorized the preparation of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts related to the Maplewood project.

The purpose of the public hearing is to provide an opportunity for residents and other interested persons to comment on the contents of the Maplewood DEIS for the project. The DEIS is available on the town’s website at: Paper copies of the DEIS are available to review at Town Hall, 215 North Tioga Street and at the Tompkins County Public Library at 101 East Green Street, Ithaca.

Written comments on the Maplewood DEIS are due by 4pm on October 31, 2016 and can be mailed to the attention of: the Town of Ithaca Planning Board, Ithaca Town Hall, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Comments may also be emailed to

For questions related to the October 18th public hearing, please contact Christine Balestra at (607) 273-1747.

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