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ENB - Region 2 Notices

Public Notice

"FACT SHEET"
BROWNFIELD CLEANUP PROGRAM

Site Name:
Prospect Court Site

Site Address: 1198 Prospect Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459

County: Bronx

Site No.: C203045

Requestor: Prospect Court, LLC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) 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.

NYS DEC will accept public comments concerning the application. A copy of the application and other appropriate documents (application package) are 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 design document for the remedy selection process for the site. Comments on the Remedial Action Work Plan should be submitted by March 7, 2008.

NYS DEC 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 March 7, 2008 to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation, Region 2 Headquarters
One Hunters Point Plaza, 1st Floor
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5407
Attention: Shaminder Singh

Repository address:

Morrisania Branch Library
610 E. 169th Street
Bronx, NY 10456


Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Prospect / Macy (Cornerstone IV Site 11) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The proposal involves an application by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), on behalf of the project sponsor, Blue Sea Development Co., LLC, for project approval and designation of a site as an Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP) Project. In addition, construction and permanent financing is anticipated to be provided by the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC). The proposal will be developed through HPD's Cornerstone Program.

The proposed action would facilitate the development of two adjoining buildings (7-story and 8-story buildings) on a vacant 25,674 square foot city owned site in the Bronx, Community District 2. The project site is located at 853 Macy Place and 774-782 Prospect Avenue. The two buildings would contain a total of 124 units (consisting of 61 unit supportive housing building for seniors with HIV/AIDS and a second building containing 63 dwelling units for moderate income families).

The proposed development would be constructed pursuant to the regulations of the existing R7-1/C1-4 zoning district. The project site is adjacent to the Longwood Historic District Extension, designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation (LPC) and listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The proposed project will be implemented in conformance with the following provisions to be incorporated into the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) in order to ensure that there are no significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials and noise. The provisions are as follows:

Hazardous Materials
Due to historic uses identified on and adjacent to the project site, a subsurface investigation, including soil characterization and groundwater sampling, would be required for the project site. On June 29, 2007, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved a Phase II Subsurface Investigation Work Plan designed to identify and delineate the nature and extent of potential soil and groundwater contamination at the project site. In addition, the DEP approved a Health and Safety Plan provided by the project sponsor.

Noise Attenuation
The developer/project sponsor will provide window-wall attenuation with an OITC rating of 30 dBA for the Prospect Avenue and Macy Place facades of the buildings (including the 7th and 8th floors which are setback, but still face Prospect Avenue and Macy Place). In addition, the sponsor will provide window-wall attenuation with an OITC rating of 30 dBA for the facades on the 7th and 8th floors which are setback from the northern edge of the property line. The proposed window-wall attenuation is necessary in order to achieve a minimum interior noise environment (closed-window condition) of 45 dBA. Therefore, alternate means of ventilation are required. Alternate means of ventilation include, but are not limited to: (a) provision of central air conditioning; (b) provision of air conditioner sleeves containing air conditioners; or (c) HUD approved fans.

Contact: Patrick Blanchfield, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Phone: (212) 863-5056, E-mail: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Educational Construction Fund, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 250 East 57th Street Redevelopment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the City of New York's proposal to dispose of Manhattan Block 1330, Lot 13 to the New York City Educational Construction Fund (ECF). ECF would then lease the non-school portion of the property to the designated developer, The World-Wide Group (or its designee, 250 East 57th Street, LLC or another entity established or controlled by the World-Wide Group), which has been conditionally designated as the project developer as part of a request for proposals issues by ECF. The proposed project would involve in-kind replacement of the High School for Art and Design (1,400 seats) and a 350 seat expansion of P.S. 59 to 730 seats in a new mixed use development containing residential and retail uses. The project is located at 250 East 57th Street in the City of New York, New York.

Contact: Jamie Smarr, New York City Educational Construction Fund, Phone: (212) 374-5026, E-mail: jsmarr@schools.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The MTA New York City Transit, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant for the 8th Avenue Subway Line between West 4th and 14th Street Stations and the 7th Avenue Subway Line between the Christopher and 14th Street Stations. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on February 28, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tishman Auditorium - The New School, 66 West 12th Street (between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue), New York, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until March 11, 2008. The action involves nine alternative sites which were initially identified in the Draft Scoping Document and those remain under consideration. The alternatives considered include ventilation plants constructed off the streetbed on property and in the streetbed. From these, three have been selected for detailed evaluation in the DEIS. Subsequent to the Public Hearing and comment period, one of these three alternatives will be selected for this project, and this selection will be identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement. The locations, all in the City of New York, currently under consideration are:

SB1 - Located in the streetbed of Greenwich Avenue between Seventh Avenue and Perry Street.
SB5 - Located in the streetbed of Perry Street between Greenwich and Seventh Avenue.
P1 - Located within the existing MTA NYCT property at 61 Greenwich Avenue at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue and Seventh Avenue.

Contact: Douglas Sussman, MTA New York City Transit, 347 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Phone: (212) 878-7483.



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