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ENB - Region 2 Notices

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Little Red School House/Elizabeth Irwin High School ("LREI") will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a variance (§72-21) to permit the construction of a five story community facility building (Arts Pavilion) in the rear of 42 Charlton Street. An approximately 15,000 gross square foot addition would be constructed on top of LREI's existing auditorium at 40 Charlton Street. The proposal is contrary to regulations for lot coverage (§24-11) and rear yard setback (§24-36) in an R6 district. The project is located at 34-42 Charlton Street a/k/a 40-42 Charlton Street in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Rory Levy, Board of Standard and Appeals, 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006-1705, Phone: (212) 788-8749, E-mail: rlevy@dcas.nyc.gov.

New York County (Manhattan) - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed City University of New York Borough of Manhattan Community College Fiterman Hall Remediation, Deconstruction and Rebuilding Project (City University of New York Program) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a funding request the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) has received from the City University of New York (CUNY) for the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) Fiterman Hall Remediation, Deconstruction, and Rebuilding Project. For purposes of State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR), the Proposed Action consists of DASNY's authorization of the expenditure of proceeds from the State of New York Personal Income Tax Revenue Bond (Education Resolution) program. The bond proceeds will be used to finance the remediation, deconstruction, and redevelopment of Fiterman Hall (Proposed Project).

Fiterman Hall, a 16 story steel-frame and concrete slab building located at 30 West Broadway in Lower Manhattan, was irreparably damaged and infiltrated with contaminants on September 11, 2001, when 7 World Trade Center (7 WTC) collapsed and struck its south façade. The impact led to the partial collapse of the southwest corner of the structure. Prior to the events of September 11, 2001, Fiterman Hall was part of the campus of BMCC, CUNY's largest community college and the only community college in Manhattan. Fiterman Hall housed more than 70 classrooms, computer labs, and related support facilities, and represented nearly 40 percent of BMCC's space. BMCC has not been able to use the building since September 11, 2001. To alleviate BMCC's current space constraints, resulting directly from the loss of Fiterman Hall, DASNY proposes the removal of the existing building and construction of a new building.

The Proposed Project would be comprised of two phases, referred to as Phases I and II. Phase I of the project would include remediation of the interior and exterior of the building, removal and disposal of the building contents, and deconstruction of the existing 375,550 gross square foot structure. All remediation and deconstruction activities would be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the project's Remediation and Deconstruction Work Plan. Funding from the New York City Office of Management and Budget (NYC OMB) is being requested for the remediation and deconstruction. Phase II of the project would include construction of a new 392,648 gross square foot, 14 story structure to replace the damaged facility. This structure, to be completed by 2010, would contain a mix of institutional and educational uses much like the building's predecessor. Funding for portions of Phase II and the overall project planning is also being requested from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC). A mayoral override is being requested to allow the configuration of the replacement building to be similar to the damaged Fiterman Hall, since the zoning provisions governing the site have changed. The override would grant relief from certain floor area ratio and sky exposure plane/setback requirements.

The Proposed Project would commence in Spring 2008 with the remediation of the existing structure and be finished in 2011 with the completion of the replacement building.

The project is located in the existing Fiterman Hall at 30 West Broadway in the borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Matthew A. Stanley, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, NY 10119-0098, Phone: (212) 273-5033.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft SEIS and Public Hearing (Correction)

New York County (Manhattan) - New Jersey Transit, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Access to the Region's Core. Public hearings on the Draft SEIS will be held on April 1, 2008 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, 199 Water Street, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10038. Written comments on the Draft SEIS will be accepted until April 28, 2008. The action involves the construction of additional commuter rail tracks and connections on the Northeast Corridor and two tunnels under the Palisades in New Jersey, the Hudson River and Manhattan that would connect to a new station and tracks under West 34th Street from Eighth Avenue to Fifth Avenue. The project is located from west of Frank R. Lautenberg Station in Secaucus, New Jersey to Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Tom Schulze, New Jersey Transit, One Penn Plaza East, 8th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102, Phone: (973) 491-8912, E-mail: tschulze@njtransit.com.

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