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ENB - Region 2 Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE


"FACT SHEET"

BROWNFIELD CLEANUP PROGRAM


Site Name: Paragon Paint and Varnish Corp.

Site Address: 549 46th Avenue and 45-28 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101-5214

County: Queens

Site No.: C241108

Requestor: 549 46th Avenue LLC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) administers the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) pursuant to State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 27-1400 et seq. The BCP was created to encourage the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties known as brownfields. The requestor indicated above has submitted a BCP application for the site indicated above.

NYSDEC will accept public comments concerning the application. A copy of the application and other appropriate documents (application package) is available in the site document repository located at the address indicated below.

Please note the application package includes the Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan which describes the remedial activities to be conducted to investigate and determine the nature and extent of the contamination related to the site.

NYSDEC will review the application package and public comments received and then make a determination on the eligibility of the application.

Comments should be submitted by August 17, 2007 to: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Environmental Remediation One Hunter's Point Plaza, 1st Floor 47-40 21st Street Long Island City, NT 11101-5407 Attention: Moses Ajoku.

Repository addresses:

Long Island City Public Library
Court Square Branch
25-01 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: (718) 937-2790

NYS DEC Region 2 Office
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: (718) 482-4891

Community Board #2 Office
43-22 50th Street, 2nd Floor
Woodside, NY 11377
Phone: (719) 392-5402


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed modification at 300 East 34th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves an application by the Kibel Companies, LLC, for modifications to a previously approved City Planning Commission special permit and restrictive declaration. The special permit was originally approved in 1973 pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) section 74-88. It modified tower setback regulations and height to facilitate the development of a 36-story mixed-use residential and commercial building with an arcade and associated plaza. The restrictive declaration, which was approved in 1970, listed the required components of the building (tower, arcade, plaza).

The proposed modifications sought by the applicant would modify the site plan associated with the special permit to show the proposed building conditions, including height and setback requirements. The restrictive declaration would be modified to allow the enlargement of the existing zoning lot and to mandate the inclusion of community facility space in the new building. The proposed modifications would facilitate the development of a new residential building which would contain 130 dwelling units and 24,500 gross square feet (gsf) of community facility space.

The proposed development will be predominantly 12 stories in height (120 feet); however, the southwest corner of the new building will be 142.75 feet in height to accommodate penthouses. In addition, the building will be approximately 90 feet wide and 183 feet in length. The building will have cantilevers over lots 1 and 17 (at the east and west sides of the building) at a height above the sidewalk of approximately 57 feet. The cantilevers would extend 8 feet over both lots 1 and 17; the cantilever will extend over the two-story building located on lot 1 and over a portion of the Church auditorium and open space on lot 17. Additionally, the project will be designed with double-glazed windows, which would provide 35 dBA window/wall attenuation in order to maintain an interior noise environment of 45 dBA. The proposed window-wall attenuation requirements are shown on the site plan contained in the proposal's ULURP application.

With the proposed modifications, the existing zoning lot, comprised of three tax lots (Lots 1, 6, and 7), would be enlarged to contain three additional lots (Lots 8, 9, and 17). The existing building on Lot 1 would remain under the proposed modifications. The new building would be constructed on Lots 6, 7, 8 and 9. Lots 6, 8, and 9 are vacant; Lot 7 is occupied by a community facility use (a 3,500 square-foot community center). Under the proposal, the community center would be demolished and accommodated in space located in the new building. In addition, the proposed development would utilize a portion of the air rights from Lot 17, which is occupied by a church owned by the Archdiocese of New York. The Archdiocese is currently reconstructing the church (the reconstruction of the church is not part of the proposed modifications sought by the applicant). The proposal has a build year of 2009.

The project site is located within C1-9/TA and R8A zoning districts. The C1-9 district allows residential and commercial uses built to a maximum FAR of 12 (12 FAR can be achieved through utilization of the Inclusionary Housing Bonus). The TA district is a Special Transit Land Use District mapped as an overlay, which relates development along Second Avenue to a future subway line. The district requires builders of developments adjoining planned subway stations to reserve space for public access to the subway or other subway-related uses. The R8A district is a contextual zoning district which allows residential uses built to a FAR of 6.02.

The project is located at 300 East 34th Street on a block bounded by East 33rd and East 34th streets and First and Second Avenues, in Community District 6, Manhattan.

The condition is: The applicant agrees via restrictive declarations to prepare hazardous materials sampling protocols, including a health and safety plan, which would be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for approval. The applicant agrees to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocols and, if any such impact is found, submit hazardous material remediation plans including health and safety plans to DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plans.

Contact: Celeste Evans, Phone: (212) 720-3321.


Public Scoping Rescheduled

New York County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Fordham University Lincoln Center Master Plan may have a significant adverse impact on the environment. The Positive Declaration was published in the ENB on June 20, 2007. Please be advised that the public scoping meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. has been cancelled. The public scoping meeting will now be held on Monday, September 10, 2007, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m., at the New York City Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, NY 10007, Robert Dobruskin, (212) 720-3423; the Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Robert Kulikowski, (212) 788-2937; and on the New York City Department of City Planning's website (www.nyc.gov/dcp).

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Department of City Planning, City of New York, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, Fax: (212) 720-3495.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Bronx) - The NYC Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Hunts Point Water Pollution Control Plant Upgrade. The action involves improvements to the Hunts Point Water Pollution Control Plant (Hunts Point WPCP) located in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. The proposed upgrade, Phase III in a multi-phase program, involves construction and upgrading to improve solids handling facilities and includes: construction of two new egg-shaped sludge digesters and a digester gallery, replacement of sludge thickener collector mechanisms, replacement of a gas holding tank, replacement of existing waste gas flares with three new enclosed waste gas burners, renovation of existing digesters and sludge storage tanks, and installation of an emergency generator. The Phase III Upgrade is needed to replace facilities that are nearing the end of their useful life. The Phase III Upgrade requires construction and construction staging on the existing plant site and on an additional 5.5-acre vacant parcel of City-owned land located to the northwest of the existing plant boundary. The proposed action also includes the construction of carbon and polymer addition facilities to enhance nitrogen removal. The project is located on Ryawa Avenue in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, in the City of New York, and treats wastewater from portions of the Bronx, Rikers Island, City Island, and Hart Island.

Contact: Julie Stein, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 594-4397, Fax: (718) 595-4479, E-mail: julies@dep.nyc.gov.


New York County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Jamaica Plan. The New York City Department of City Planning has published a Technical Memorandum analyzing proposed City Planning Commission (CPC) modifications to the Jamaica Plan Affordable Housing Alternative (AHA) zoning map and text amendments (ULURP Nos. C 070314 (A) ZMQ and N 070315 (A) ZRQ). The AHA was analyzed in Chapter 23, "Alternatives," of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Jamaica Plan. This Technical Memorandum analyzes whether the proposed CPC modifications could result in significant adverse environmental impacts not already identified in the FEIS with respect to the AHA. This Technical Memorandum concludes that the proposed modifications would not result in any new or increased significant adverse environmental impacts not already identified in the FEIS. Copies of the Technical Memorandum may be obtained from the lead agency at the address noted above or at its website, www.nyc.gov/planning; or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Robert Kulikowski, Director (212) 788-2937. The project is lcoated Downtown Jamaica, Jamaica, South Jamaica, Hollis, and St. Albans, in Queens, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY, Phone: (212) 720-3423.


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