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ENB - Region 2 Notices

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) , as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Sanitation Garage & Salt Shed for Manhattan Districts 1, 2, & 5. The DEIS is available on DSNY's website a http://nyc.gov/html/dsny/html/reports/MN125-deis.shtml. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held at a later date. The action involves the relocation of DSNY's Sanitation District 2 and 5 Garages and Salt Shed from the Gansevoort Peninsula and Pier 52 in Manhattan to permit Hudson River Park construction to proceed. DSNY also requires a larger facility for its substandard District 1 Garage (297 West Street). DSNY proposes to acquire land at 500 Washington Street to construct a new facility to house the District 1, 2, and 5 Garages on an undeveloped 1.96 acre garage site used by UPS for the parking and staging of truck trailers. The existing District 1 Garage would be demolished and replaced with a 14,575 square foot salt shed. The Manhattan 1/2/5 Garage would have a net floor area of 427,250 square feet with a maximum length of 413 feet, maximum width of 220 feet, and height at the street wall of 140 to 150 feet with no setback (all measures approximate). Approximately 128 DSNY vehicles will be assigned to the facility. The garages would operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, with reduced operations on Sundays. DSNY truck and equipment access and egress to the new facility would be via both West Street/Route 9A (primary entrance) and Washington Street. DSNY sedans and employee vehicles would enter and exit via Washington Street. UPS vehicle parking and storage would occur on the first floor of the facility; UPS vehicles would have a separate entrance on Washington Street. The facility would provide for the refueling, washing and maintenance of DSNY vehicles in addition to truck storage. New York City City Planning Commission approval is required for site selection and acquisition. Special permits are required for relief from street wall height limits and setback requirements and for relief from rear yard requirements. The three-sided, covered salt shed would accommodate 5,000 tons of salt. A 30 foot wide driveway would provide access to the salt via curb cuts on Canal Street and Spring Street. The project is located at 500 Washington Street and 297 West Street in Manhattan Community District 2, New York City, New York.

Contact: Abas O. Braimah, New York City Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Legal Affairs, 125 Worth Street, Room 708, New York, NY 10013, Phone: (646) 885-4993, E-mail: abraimah@dsny.nyc.gov.

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