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ENB - Region 2 Notices 9/3/2008

Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bronx Mental Health Redevelopment Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves DASNY's authorization of Dormitory Authority obligations on behalf of New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH) for the Proposed Project under DASNY's Department of Mental Health Capital Projects Program. The bond proceeds would be used to finance the Proposed Project, which consists of: 1) the construction of new residential and treatment facilities for the Bronx Psychiatric Center campus, including new adult and children's facilities; 2) campus-wide utility projects for the new facilities; and 3) the relocation of the existing baseball fields. The Proposed Project is intended as a replacement for existing facilities located elsewhere on the Bronx Psychiatric Center campus. The project is located at the Bronx Psychiatric Center, 1500 Waters Place in Bronx, New York.

Contact: Matthew A. Stanley, DASNY, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, NY 10019, Phone: (212) 273-5121, E-mail: mstanley@dasny.org.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commision and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as co-lead agencies, have determined that the proposed Western Rail Yard 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 by the co-lead agencies until the close of business on October 14, 2008 and should be addressed to: City of New York City Planning Commission, Robert Dobruskin, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, Nbew York, NY 10007 or E-mailed to: WRYscopingcomments@planning.nyc.gov. A public scoping session will be held on October 2, 2008 with an afternoon session from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and an evening session from 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street, Room 1A-03-05 (enter on Eleventh Avenue).

Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement/Environmental Assessment Form 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, Phone: (212) 720-3423 or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Robert Kulikowski, Phone: (212) 788-2937. The Draft Scope of Work and scoping protocol will also be made available for download at: www.nyc.gov/planning.

The action involves the mixed-use development of the Western Rail Yard site which is expected to include commercial (retail, office and/or hotel) space, residential units (both market rate and affordable), a public school, other community facilities, open space, and parking. Affordable housing will be constructed at the two city-owned Additional Housing Sites, but the specific development programs for the sites have not been determined yet.

The principal actions to be analyzed include the following in connection with the proposal at the Western Rail Yard: (1) the lease of, with option to purchase, the air space over the Western Rail Yard by MTA to a development entity selected by MTA to carry out such mixed-use development; (2) zoning map and text amendments and accessory parking special permits by the City of New York pursuant to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure; (3) the establishment of new legal grades in West 33rd Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues; and (4) the site selection for a PS/IS school on the Western Rail Yard. The "Additional Housing Sites" involve the following actions: (1) the partial release of MTA's interest in the property located at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and West 54th Street in Manhattan to the City; and (2) disposition and other land use approvals for this MTA parcel and the other parcel located near the intersection of Tenth Avenue and West 48th Street in order to facilitate the development of affordable housing at these two sites. The proposed actions include three sites - the Western Rail Yard, comprising approximately 13 acres bounded by Eleventh Avenue to the east, West 30th Street to the south, Twelfth Avenue to the west, and West 33rd Street to the north - as well as two city-owned "Additional Housing Sites": a site near Tenth Avenue and West 48th Street, and another at Ninth Avenue near West 54th Street. All sites are located within Community District 4, Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Gateway Estates II. A public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will be held at a later date to be announced, in conjunction with the City Planning Commission's public hearing pursuant to Uniform Land Use Review Procedures (ULURP). Subsequent notice will be given as to the time and place of the public hearing. Written comments on the DEIS are requested and would be received and considered by the Lead Agency until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing. The DEIS may be viewed at: http://www.nyc.gov/hpd.

The action involves the several actions required to facilitate the redevelopment of the 227 acre Fresh Creek Urban Renewal Area (FCURA) with up to 2,385 units of affordable housing, an approximately 630,000 square foot regional shopping center, a 2,067 space parking lot, 36.5 acres of parkland and 68,000 square feet of neighborhood retail space, and community facility space. In connection with the development of housing, the City of New York will provide for the construction and/or maintenance of new streets, parks, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure, a 1,650 seat high school and transit (bus layover) facilities.

The Proposed Action includes zoning map changes, city map changes, special permits, the disposition of city-owned property and amendments to the Fresh Creek Urban Renewal Plan, all of which are subject to approval by the City Planning Commission and Council of the City of New York pursuant to ULURP. In addition, a UDAAP designation is sought in conjunction with the disposition of the city-owned property.

The project is located in southeast Brooklyn, and is generally bounded by Hendrix Creek and Schenck Avenue on the west, Flatlands Avenue on the north, Fountain Avenue on the east, and Shore Parkway on the south, in Community District 5, of Brooklyn, New York.

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

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