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ENB - Region 2 Notices

Negative Declaration

New York County (Queens) - The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Laurelton Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves proposed rezoning which aims to protect Laurelton's established lower density, one- and two-family character and ensure that future residential development reflects the building patterns and context of the surrounding neighborhood. The proposed rezoning would also provide new housing opportunities by establishing a medium-density residential district on a section of Merrick and Springfield Boulevards where the existing zoning precludes residential development. In addition, establishing new commercial overlays on the area's primary corridors and reducing the depth of existing overlay districts would match existing land use patterns and prevent commercial uses from encroaching on residential side streets.

The proposed Zoning Map amendments have three components:

• Contextual Rezoning: Rezone all or portions of 216 blocks from R2, R3-2 and C8-1 to R2, R2A, R3A, R3X, R3-1, R3-2 or R4B;

• Corridor Rezoning: Rezone portions of 17 blocks along Merrick and Springfield Boulevards from C8-1 and R3-2 to R5D to permit residential and mixed-use development;

• Commercial Overlay Modifications: Establish C2-3 commercial overlay districts along Merrick and Springfield Boulevards within the new R5D zoning district west of 225th Street; Eliminate certain C2-2 overlay districts where residential development exists; Rezone existing C1-2 and C2-2 commercial overlay districts to C1-3 or C2-3; Reduce the depths of commercial overlay districts to coincide with commercial development.

The project is located in the eastern Queens neighborhood of Laurelton, Queens Community District, New York. The rezoning area is generally bounded by Montefiore Cemetery and 121st Avenue to the north; Laurelton Parkway to the east; the Belt Parkway to the south, and Springfield Boulevard to the west.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC DCP, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Hospital for Special Surgery Expansion. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on July 2, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Spector Hall, New York, NY 10007. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until July 14, 2008.

The DEIS analyzes a proposal by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) to undergo a major renovation and expansion for the modernization of its existing facility. The proposal involves several actions including a Special Permit for new construction in the air space over the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Drive, modification of the existing Special Permit for the East Wing of the Main Hospital, a Zoning Text Amendment for modification of off-street loading requirements to allow loading berths to be located anywhere within the HSS campus, a City Map Amendment, and Waterfront Revitalization Program consistency determination. Additionally, the proposed project requires approvals by several other agencies, including the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), approval from the New York City Art Commission, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

With discretionary approval of the proposed actions, HSS proposes the new construction of 137,869 square feet of zoning floor area of new space in two locations: 50,998 square feet of zoning floor area on the East/West Wing (the elevators servicing the East Wing would be constructed in the West Wing) to add the 9th through 11th floors with a roof-top mechanical equipment room in the East Wing and 86,869 square feet of zoning floor area for a new 12-story River Building with a roof-top mechanical equipment room to be constructed on a platform within the air space over the FDR Drive along the north side of East 71st Street. There would also be a new pedestrian bridge constructed at the third floor level connecting the East Wing of the existing Main Hospital to the new River Building.

The DEIS identifies potential significant adverse impacts related to air quality (mobile source) and construction impacts (open space). The DEIS identifies measures that would fully or partially mitigate impacts for construction impacts, and these measures will be further explored and evaluated in the FEIS. The air quality mobile source analysis will be refined between the Draft and Final EIS, and mitigation measures identified, if necessary, in the FEIS. If the proposed mitigation measures are determined to be infeasible, the significant adverse impacts would remain unmitigated. The DEIS identifies the potential for unavoidable significant adverse construction impacts to open space.

The project is located between East 70th Street, East 72nd Street, York Avenue, and the FDR Drive in Community Board 8 of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC DCP, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.

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