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PUBLIC NOTICE

"FACT SHEET"

BROWNFIELD CLEANUP PROGRAM


Site Name: 166-180 Myrtle Avenue
Site Address: 166-180 Myrtle Avenue
City of New York, Borough of Brooklyn 11201
County: Kings
Site No.: C224125
Requestor: Red Apple Myrtle Avenue Development, 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 also includes the Remedial Action Work Plan and implements the decision document for the remedy selection process for the site.

NYSDEC will review the application package, the Remedial Action Work Plan and public comments received and then make a determination on the eligibility of the application.

Comments should be submitted by September 15, 2007 to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
One Hunters Point Plaza, 1st Floor
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5407

Attention: Dan Walsh

Repository address:

Brooklyn Public Library
Walt Whitman Branch
93rd Saint Edwards Street
Brooklyn, NY 11205


Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of City Planning, City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 50 Howard Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request for a special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711, to modify the use regulations of Section 42-14D(2)(b) to allow use Group 6, local retail and service uses in portions of the ground floor and cellar of an existing five-story building located at 50 Howard Street (Block 231, Lot 16). The site is located in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District in Community District 2, Manhattan and is zoned M1-5B. The building had previously been used as a warehouse and offices, and is currently vacant. The Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) states that the upper floors (second to fifth floors and the roof) of the existing structure are proposed to be converted into six as-of-right joint living work quarters for artists (JLWQA). The project would be completed in 2008. The project is located at 50 Howard Street, Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Devesh Doobay, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007-1216, Phone: (212) 720-3419.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of City Planning, City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Special Little Italy District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of City Planning proposing to modify sections 109-132, 109-25, and 109-332 of the Zoning Resolution, which provide design guidelines for the Special Little Italy District. The revised text would remove obsolete and underused provisions concerning decorative sidewalk and ground-level wall treatment requirements. The project is located in the Special Little Italy District in Manhattan Community District 2, which is bounded by Bleecker Street to the north, Bowery to the east, Canal Street to the south, and Baxter, Centre, Lafayette, and Mulberry streets to the west.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007-1216, Phone: (212) 720-3423.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of City Planning, City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Zoning Map Amendment 3300 - 3320 Broadway will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation of two properties located at 3300 Broadway (Block 1987, Lot 1) and 3320 Broadway (Block 1988, Lot 1) from M1-2 to C6-2 in the Manhattanville neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 9. The properties have a combined lot area of approximately 35,986 square feet, and are located in a M1-2 zoning district.

The property at 3300 Broadway currently contains an approximately 54,902 square foot, 3-story warehouse building which is currently occupied by retail uses on the first and second floor, and public parking and a storage facility on the third floor. The property at 3320 Broadway is occupied by the approximately 50,451 square foot, 3-story former theater, the Claremont Theater, which is a designated New York City Landmark. The building currently contains retail space on the ground floor and a storage facility on the second and third floors. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to redevelop the properties with a greater range of uses and at a higher floor area ratio (FAR) than currently permitted. The EAS analyses three development scenarios for the development of the subject properties under the proposed action - the Applicant's Development Scenario, a Commercial Reasonable Worst-Case Development Scenario (RWCDS) Scenario, and a Residential RWCDS. Under each development scenario, construction is expected to take approximately 24 months. Absent the proposed action, the subject properties would not be redeveloped and would be expected to continue in their current uses.

Due to the potential presence of hazardous materials on the subject properties (Block 1987, Lot 1 and Block 1988, Lot 1), the applicant has agreed via a restrictive declaration to prepare a hazardous materials sampling protocol including a health and safety plan, which would be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for approval. The applicant has agreed to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocol and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous material remediation plan including a health and safety plan to DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plan. The restrictive declaration would serve as a mechanism to assure that the potential for hazardous materials contamination would be characterized prior to any site disturbance (i.e. site grading, excavation, demolition, or building construction) and is binding upon the property's successors and assigns. The restrictive declaration would ensure that the proposed action would not result in significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials

The project is located at 3300 Broadway occupies the east side of the Broadway block front between West 133rd and West 134th Streets, and the 3320 Broadway property occupies the east side of the Broadway block front between West 134th and West 135th Streets.

Contact: Brad Kieves, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007-1216, Phone: (212) 720-3417.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of City Planning, City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Zoning Map Amendment 3261 Broadway 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 amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation of a property located at 3261 Broadway (Block 1998, Lot 29) from M1-2 to C6-2 in the Manhattanville neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 9. The proposed rezoning area is an approximately 19,983 square foot parcel.

The property currently contains an approximately 79,708 square foot, 4-story warehouse building which is currently used as a storage facility. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to redevelop the property with a greater range of uses and at a higher floor area ratio (FAR) than currently permitted. The EAS analyses three development scenarios for the development of the subject property under the proposed action - the Applicant's Development Scenario, a Commercial Reasonable Worst-Case Development Scenario (RWCDS) Scenario, and a Residential RWCDS. Under each development scenario, construction is expected to take approximately 24 months. Absent the proposed action, the subject property would not be redeveloped and would be expected to continue in its current use as a storage facility.

The project is located the west side of Broadway between West 131st and West 132nd Streets, New York, New York.

The conditions are: The applicant has agreed via a restrictive declaration to prepare a hazardous materials sampling protocol 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 protocol and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous material remediation plan including a health and safety plan to DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plan.

Contact: Brad Kieves, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007-1216, Phone: (212) 720-3417.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of City Planning, City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Zoning Map Amendment 655 West 125th 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 amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation of a property located at 655 West 125th Street (Block 1996, Lot 56) from M1-2 to C6-2 in the Manhattanville neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 9. The proposed rezoning area is an approximately 13,492 square foot.

The property currently contains an approximately 28,000 square foot, 3-story building which is currently used as a storage facility. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to redevelop the property with a greater range of uses and at a higher floor area ratio (FAR) than currently permitted. The EAS analyses three development scenarios for the development of the subject property under the proposed action - the Applicant's Development Scenario, a Commercial Reasonable Worst-Case Development Scenario (RWCDS) Scenario, and a Residential RWCDS. Under each development scenario, construction is expected to take approximately 24 months. Absent the proposed action, the subject property would not be redeveloped and would be expected to continue in its current use as a storage facility.

The project is located on a through lot site with frontages on West 125th Street and West 130th Street between Broadway and Twelfth Avenue, Manhattan, New York.

The conditions are: The applicant has agreed via a restrictive declaration to prepare a hazardous materials sampling protocol 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 protocol and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous material remediation plan including a health and safety plan to DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plan.

Contact: Brad Kieves, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007-1216, Phone: (212) 720-3417.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of City Planning, City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Zoning Map Amendment 614 West 131st 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 amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation of a property located at 614 West 131st Street (Block 1997, Lot 44) from M1-2 to C6-2 in the Manhattanville neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 9. The proposed rezoning area is an approximately 7,494 square foot parcel.

The property currently contains an approximately 35,595 square foot, 5-story building which is currently used as a storage facility. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to redevelop the property with a greater range of uses and at a higher floor area ratio (FAR) than currently permitted. The EAS analyses three development scenarios for the development of the subject property under the proposed action - the Applicant's Development Scenario, a Commercial Reasonable Worst-Case Development Scenario (RWCDS) Scenario, and a Residential RWCDS. Under each development scenario, construction is expected to take approximately 24 months. Absent the proposed action, the subject property would not be redeveloped and would be expected to continue in its current use as a storage facility.

The project is located on the south side of West 131st between Broadway and Twelfth Avenue, Manhattan, New York.

The conditions are: The applicant has agreed via a restrictive declaration to prepare a hazardous materials sampling protocol 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 protocol and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous material remediation plan including a health and safety plan to DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plan.

Contact: Brad Kieves, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007-1216, Phone: (212) 720-3417.


New York County (Queens) - The New York City Department of City Planning, City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Astoria Studio CND 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 applicant, Damroc Realty Corp., proposes an amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation of the eastern half of the block bounded by 34th Avenue to the north, 35th Avenue to the south, 34th Street to the west, and 35th Street to the east (Block 642, Lots 1, 30, 36, 42, 44, 45, 46, and 47) from M1-5 to C4-2A in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens Community District 1. The action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop two 7-story residential buildings on a property located at 34-22 35th Street (Block 642, Lots 36, 42, and 44). The proposed buildings are both planned to be approximately 70 feet in height and contain a total of approximately 66,747 gross square feet of floor area. The buildings would be separated by an approximately 2,585 square foot open space area and are planned to contain a total of 60 residential units, 7,866 square feet of ground floor retail space, and 62 accessory parking spaces in a below-grade garage. The proposed rezoning could also result in the potential redevelopment of the properties located on lots 30, 45, 46, and 47 with residential development. These properties are currently developed with two 2-family residences, a 4-story office building, a 1-story supermarket, and a parking lot.

The project is located 34-22 35th Street, Astoria, Queens, New York.

The conditions are: To avoid the potential for impacts associated with hazardous materials, as part of the proposed rezoning, an (E) designation for hazardous materials will be placed on the potential development sites, Block 642, Lots 30, 45, 46, and 47.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007-1216, Phone: (212) 720-3423.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Bronx) - The New York City Police Department (NYPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II) may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on September 6, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lubin Dining Hall, 1st Floor Mazer Building, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1200 Van Nest Avenue, (at the intersection of Newport and Van Nest Avenue). The action involves the application for site selection and acquisition of private property by the City of New York and an amendment to the City Map to facilitate the construction of a new Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II). The proposed development site comprises approximately 8.9 acres (Block 4226, Lot 75, p/o Lots 40 & 55) and is generally bounded by the Bronx and Pelham Parkway, the Hutchinson River Parkway, the existing Hutchinson Metro Center office building, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad right-of-way for Amtrak. The Proposed Project would consist of an approximately 493,500 gsf office building that would be the City's 2nd emergency 911 service center, which would be a parallel operation to the existing PSAC I facility at 11 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. The proposed facility would operate 24/7 and would be designed with redundant mechanical systems for continuous operation. The new building would rise 7-stories high with a maximum height of 214' tall to the roof line. In addition, a new accessory garage would be constructed in conjunction with the office building to accommodate 500 vehicles. As the proposed development site is relatively isolated and does not have any linear frontage adjacent to a public thoroughfare, the City Map would be amended to map Industrial Street (Block 4226, p/o Lots 30 & 40) as a public street to ensure permanent vehicular access and utility services to the site. The project is located 1200 Waters Place, Bronx, New York.

Contact: Anthony Tria, NYPD, 620 Circle Drive, Fort Totten, NY 11359, Phone: (718) 281-1254, E-mail: anthony.tria@nypd.org.


Notice of Minor Modification

New York County (Queens) - The New York City Department of City Planning, City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rego Park Mall expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Rego Park Mall expansion which was the subject of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), for which the Notice of Completion was issued on July 15, 2005. As analyzed in the FEIS and as approved by the City Planning Commission and City Council, the proposed project was to consist of a mixed-use retail and residential development totaling 1,821,195 gsf, including approximately 692,720 gsf of commercial retail use, 450 residential units, and 1,416 accessory parking spaces. A two-level vehicular and pedestrian bridge spanning 62nd Drive and connecting the project's parking garage with the parking garage in the existing Rego Park Mall was proposed. Additionally, approximately 26,665 square feet of publicly accessible, open and covered pedestrian area was to be included. Curb cuts were to be located on the LIE service road, 97th Street, and 62nd Drive. There were three discretionary actions required for the Rego Park Mall Expansion project:
An amendment to a 1986 Restrictive Declaration. The 1986 Restrictive Declaration previously limited development of the project site to residential uses pursuant to R7-1 zoning district regulations. The amendment to the restrictive declaration allows the site to be developed in accordance with the C4-2F zoning district regulations (ULURP No. M860562(A)ZSQ);
Text amendments to the Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-93 (Special Commercial Developments in Commercial Districts) to allow its text to apply to mixed-use, commercial and residential development; to allow height and setback modifications by special permit; to allow modification of signage regulations by special permit to appropriately integrate signage into the proposed development; and to allow by special permit a reduction of the parking requirement for retail uses (ULURP No. N040541ZRQ); and
A special permit pursuant to the proposed modified special permit text of ZR Section 74-93 to allow construction of a bridge over 62nd Drive; height and setback modifications along Junction Boulevard, 62nd Drive, and 97th Street to accommodate the proposed residential towers; signage modifications to appropriately integrate signage into the proposed development; and the modification of parking requirements for the proposed retail uses (ULURP No. 040542ZSQ). The proposed actions would modify two of the three discretionary actions associated with the previously approved project, namely the Restrictive Declaration and the special permit. The applicant is proposing the following modifications to the project, with the goal of reducing the size of the proposed parking garage, and providing a more efficient parking layout:
Modifications of Garage Entrances/Curb Cuts: Elimination of the resident-only entrance on 97th Street; relocation of curb cuts on the LIE service road and 62nd Drive, and elimination of one curb cut on 62nd Drive.
Modifications of the Parking Garage Layout: Modification of previously approved system of separate floors and connecting ramps to allow for a system of sloped parking decks. This would result in reducing the height of the parking garage from 74 feet to 57 feet.
Modifications to the Pedestrian-Vehicular Bridge: One of the two levels of the pedestrian and vehicular bridge over 62nd Drive would be eliminated as a result of the modifications.
Absent the proposed actions, the parking garage and site plan would be constructed in accordance with the previously approved project's special permit and restrictive declaration. The garage would be built with separate floors and connecting ramps and would rise to a height of 74 feet, there would be two levels of pedestrian and vehicular bridges, and there would be a residents-only entrance off of 97th Street. The proposed actions would not affect the number of parking spaces in the garage, nor the project's square footage. Portions of the previously approved project (not affected by the proposed actions) are currently under construction, specifically site clearing activities and excavation. The build year for the proposed actions would be 2009, which is the same as that analyzed in the FEIS.

The project is located bounded by the Horace Harding/Long Island Expressway (LIE) service road to the north, 62nd Drive to the south, Junction Boulevard to the west, and 97th Street to the east, Rego Park, Queens, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007-1216, Phone: (212) 720-3423.














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