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ENB - Region 2 Notices 7/23/2008

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 East Village / Lower East Side Rezoning. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on August 13, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at Tishman Auditorium, New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until August 25, 2008. The action involves proposed zoning map amendments affecting all or portions of 111 blocks in the rezoning area. NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) is also proposing zoning text amendments to establish incentives for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in conjunction with new development and to protect existing non-conforming street-level commercial uses in current residential districts. Lastly, in conjunction with NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the proposed actions would include the disposition of a City-owned property to facilitate the development of a residential building with ground-floor retail. The project is located within Manhattan Community District 3 and is generally bounded by East 13th Street on the north; Avenue D to the east; East Houston Street, Delancey Street and Grand Street on the south; and the Bowery and Third Avenue on the west.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, Fax: (212) 720-3495.


New York County (Queens) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Hunter's Point South Rezoning and Related Actions. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on August 13, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at the Tishmall Hall - Vanderbilt Auditorium, New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until August 25, 2008. The action involves the rezoning of a manufacturing district to a residential district with commercial overlay, the mapping of streets and parks, and the acquisition and disposition of property to implement a 5,000 unit middle-income community along the Long Island City East River waterfront. An adjacent manufacturing site along Newtown Creek will also be rezoned from a manufacturing district to a residential district with commercial overlay, but it will remain privately owned. The project is located at 50th and 54th Avenues to the north, the East River to the west, Newtown Creek to the south, and 2nd Street and the elongation of 5th Street to the east in Long Island City, New York.

Contact: Jonathan Carey, E-mail: jcarey@nycedc.com.


New York County (Queens) - The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) on the proposed Willets Point Development Plan. A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held on August 13, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at the Tishman Auditorium, New York University School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York. Written comments on the Draft GEIS will be accepted until August 25, 2008. The action proposes to rezone, create an urban renewal area, and implement the Willets Point Development Plan ("proposed Plan") in Willets Point, Queens. The approximately 61-acre Willets Point Development District ("District") would be redeveloped with residential, retail, hotel, convention center, entertainment, commercial office, community facility, open space, and parking uses. In addition, the proposed Plan would connect the Van Wyck Expressway with the District. Although there is currently no designated developer or specific development plan, the maximum permitted development under the proposed Plan would be 8.94 million gross square feet (gsf). The project is located in a portion of Willets Point, Queens. The 61.4-acre industrial site is generally bounded to the east by the Van Wyck Expressway and an undeveloped lot owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), to the south by Roosevelt Avenue, to the west by 126th Street, and to the north by Northern Boulevard.

Contact: Ms. Asma Syed, Phone: (212) 618-5789, Fax: (212) 312-3989, E-mail: willets_point@nycedc.com.


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