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ENB - Region 2 Notices

Negative Declaration

New York County (Queens) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rockaway Neighborhood Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action proposes to amend the zoning map affecting all or portions of 280 blocks in Rockaway, Queens Community District 14. The Department of City Planning is also proposing amendments to the Zoning Resolution that will address additional concerns raised by residents in Far Rockaway and Community Board 14. The text amendments address concerns regarding the need for more stringent parking regulations and the ability for homeowners in an existing R2 district to accommodate large family households. The eastern rezoning area is generally bounded by Beach 72 Street to the west, Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Freeway to the north, the Nassau County line to the east and Beach Channel Drive and the boardwalk to the south. The western rezoning area is generally bounded by Beach 130th Street to the west, Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Freeway to the north, Beach 86th Street to the east and the Atlantic Ocean boardwalk to the south.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Department of City Planning, Phone: (212) 720-3423, Fax: (212) 720-3495, E-mail: r_dobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Bronx) - The New York City City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lower Concourse Rezoning and Related Actions 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 June 30, 2008. A public scoping session will be held on June 19, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hostos Community College, Cafeteria, 3rd Floor, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451. The action proposes zoning text and map amendments that would affect 30 blocks located in the Mott Haven neighborhood of Bronx Community District 1. The proposed rezoning area is currently zoned M1-2, M2-1, C4-4, and R6. The rezoning proposal would change the area's zoning to C4-4, C6-2A, R7-2/ C2-4, MX (M1-4/ R8A), MX (M1-4/ R7X), MX (M1-4/ R7A), MX (M1-4/ R6A), M1-2, and M1-4. The proposal includes zoning text amendments to establish a Special Mixed Use District (MX) on all or portions of 25 blocks between Exterior Street and Walton Avenue, south of East 149th Street and north of East 138th Street, and between Park and Morris Avenues, south of East 146th Street and north of the Major Deegan Expressway. In addition, text amendments are proposed to establish a Waterfront Access Plan (WAP) and the Special Lower Concourse Waterfront District for two blocks along the Harlem River waterfront between Exterior Street and the Harlem River, north of the Metro North Bridge over the Harlem River and south of East 149th Street. Amendments to the City Map are proposed to establish a park on an approximately two acre site within the special waterfront district, located between the Harlem River and Exterior Street, south of the extension of East 146th Street, and north of the extension of East 144th Street. The area proposed to be rezoned is generally bounded by East 149th Street and East 144th Street to the north, the Major Deegan Expressway and Park Avenue to the south, Morris Avenue to the east, and the Harlem River to the west. It is located in the Mott Haven neighborhood of Bronx Community District 1, New York.

Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, New York 10007, Robert Dobruskin, AICP, Director (212) 720-3423; or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10007, Robert Kulikowski, Ph.D., Director (212) 788-2937.

Contact: Adam Lynn, DCP, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3493, Fax: (212) 720-3495 E-mail: a_lynn@planning.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Staten Island Supreme Courthouse Project. The Dormitory Authority has received a request from the City of New York Mayor's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator (OCJC) and State of New York Office of Court Administration (NYS OCA) to undertake the Staten Island Supreme Courthouse Project. The action involves the development of a new 5 story courthouse facility with enclosed mechanical penthouse not to exceed approximately 183,300 gross square feet for the Staten Island Supreme Civil Court, Supreme Criminal Court and Lower Criminal Court. The proposed project would also include an approximately 227,832 gross square feet, 665 space, five floor, split-level parking structure with open rooftop parking. Additional interim construction period parking may be provided at a surface lot adjacent to the St. George Theatre, situated across Hyatt Street immediately to the north of the site. Public landscape components would include a public entry plaza along Central Avenue as well as landscaped buffers and plantings throughout the site.

The northern portion of the project site would be developed as a landscaped Memorial Green. This area, located adjacent to Hyatt Street and St. Mark's Place, is what remains of an historical burial ground of a 19th-century Quarantine Grounds. Archeological investigation of this area has located the boundaries of the burial ground and established a 20 foot buffer zone to protect the archaeological resources below. A memorial landscape would be created to permanently recognize those who were interred there.

The project is located at 2 Central Avenue in St. George, Borough of Staten Island, 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) 273-5097, Fax: (212) 273-5121 or Jack D. Homkow, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, NY 10119-0098, Phone: (212) 273-5033, Fax: (212) 273-5121.




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