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ENB - Region 2 Notices

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping (Correction)

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York State Urban Development Corproation d/b/a Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Expanded Moynihan /Penn Station Redevelopment Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until December 17, 2007. A public scoping session will be held on December 6, 2007 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Farley Building, Entrance at 380 West 33rd Street, New York, NY. The Draft Scope is available at the ESDC web site: http://www.empire.state.ny.us/default.asp. Requests for a paper copy of the Draft Scope should be directed to the contact person indicated below.

The proposed project is a comprehensive public/private development initiative to adaptively reuse the historic James A. Farley Building and the Western Annex (collectively referred to as the Farley Complex), reconstruct critical station and circulation elements at the existing Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station), and implement transit-oriented commercial and residential development. The project is an expansion of the Farley Post Office/Moynihan Station Redevelopment Project which was subject to a prior SEQRA Final Environmental Impact Statement certified on August 2, 2006 and for which SEQRA Findings and a General Project Plan (GPP) were affirmed on August 14, 2006. ESDC served as the lead agency under SEQRA for the Farley Post Office/Moynihan Station Redevelopment Project and intends to continue serving as lead agency for the expanded project.

The proposed project at full build-out would include: redevelopment of the Farley Complex with a new Moynihan West train station and a new, relocated Madison Square Garden arena; the construction of a rebuilt train station (the Moynihan East train station) with improved circulation and train halls to replace the existing Penn Station; the construction of up to 5.4 million square feet in mixed-use development allowed by the zoning of the Penn Station Block (accommodated in two potential options: on-site development at the Penn Station Block or a combination of 1.1 million square feet at the Penn Station Block and 4.3 million square feet of development in the proposed subdistrict); the construction of an up to approximately 2 million square foot commercial building on the eastern portion of the One Penn Plaza block at the Penn East site; the construction of a 125,000 square foot retail building on the western portion of the One Penn Plaza block at the Penn West site (and under the Subdistrict Option, a larger commercial and retail building at the Penn West site using 875,000 square feet of development rights from the Penn Station Block); renovation of the Railroad Service building for railroad service and administration or other uses; the possible expansion of the Morgan Annex to accommodate the transfer of USPS operations from the Farley Complex (it is assumed that USPS retail services, however, would be located elsewhere in the project area if they do not remain in the Farley Complex); in one potential configuration, the construction of a loading dock and other station-related support facilities on one or more blocks immediately adjacent to the Penn Station Block; and other new commercial and residential development within the proposed subdistrict as a result of a related zoning action to be examined in the DSEIS and the transfer of development rights from the Farley Complex. The related zoning action is a proposal by the City, in connection with the Subdistrict Option only, to change the underlying zoning classifications for a number of lots or blocks within the proposed subdistrict from M1-5, M1-6, C6-4X, C6-3X and C6-4M to C6-4. This zoning change, if adopted by the City, would allow residential uses in certain areas where such uses are not currently permitted by zoning.

The project is located at the Farley Complex which is bounded by Ninth Avenue to the west, Eighth Avenue to the east, West 31st Street to the south, and West 33rd Street to the north; the Penn Station Block bounded by Eighth Avenue to the west, Seventh Avenue to the east, West 31st Street to the south and West 33rd Street to the north; the Railroad Service Building located mid-block on West 31st Street across the street from Penn Station; the eastern and western portions of the One Penn Plaza Block bounded by Eight and Seventh Avenues and West 33rd to West 34th Streets; and the United States Postal Service (USPS) Morgan Facility and Annex located on two full blocks bounded by Tenth Avenue to the west, Ninth Avenue to the east and between West 28th and West 30th Streets.

In addition, the DSEIS will study an option to the proposed project in which the City of New York (City) would establish a new zoning subdistrict (the Subdistrict Option). The Subdistrict Option would allow development rights from the Penn Station Block to be transferred to receiving sites located within the subdistrict and at prescribed maximum floor areas under certain specified conditions. It is anticipated that the boundaries of the proposed subdistrict would include approximately 20 city blocks surrounding the Penn Station Block, extending as far south as West 28th Street, as far north as West 36th Street, as far east as within 200 feet west of Fifth Avenue and as far west as 200 feet west of Ninth Avenue.

Contact: Rebecca Pelligrini, Moynihan Station Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Phone: (212) 803-3667.

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