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ENB - Region 2 Notices 11/12/2008

Public Notice

Fact Sheet

Brownfield Cleanup Program

Site Name: 1800 Southern Boulevard

Site No.: C203046

Site Address: 1776-1778 and 1800-1808 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10460

County: Bronx

Requestor: SB 1800 LLC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) administers the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) pursuant to State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) §27-1400 et seq. The BCP was created to encourage the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties known as brownfields. The requestor (named above) has submitted a BCP application asking that this site be admitted into the BCP.

NYS DEC will accept public comments concerning the application. A copy of the application and other appropriate documents (application package) is available in the site document repository located at the address indicated below.

Please note that the application package includes a Remedial Work Plan which describes how the contamination related to the site will be addressed. A Final Remedial Work Plan describes how the site cleanup will proceed.

NYS DEC will review the application package and public comments received and then make a determination on the eligibility of the application.

Comments should be submitted by December 29, 2008 to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, New York 11101
Attn: Shaminder Singh

Repository address:

The New York Public Library
Morrisania Branch Library
c/o Colbert Nembhard, Branch Manager
610 East 169th Street
Bronx, New York 10456


Delist Petition

Site Name: 21-03 44th Avenue Site

Site Address: 21-03 44th Avenue
Long Island City, New York 11101

County: Queens

Site No.: 241107

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Petition for Delist of the 21-03 44th Avenue Site from the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites. The site is located on 21-03 44th Avenue in Long Island City in the Borough of Queens.

Additional information about this site can be found via a Remedial Site Database Search at the NYS DEC web page: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8437.html

NYS DEC has initiated an internal review of this Petition.

Written public comments on the proposed Petition can be sent by December 3, 2008 to:

Kelly Lewandowski
NYS DEC
Division of Environmental Remediation, 11th Floor
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7020

Questions for site specific information on the site can be addressed to:

Joseph O'Connell
NYS DEC
Division of Environmental Remediation
Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: (718) 482-4892
E-mail: jmoconne@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York County (Queens) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Vistamar 1 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The applicant, LB North Developers Ltd., seeks the following:

1) Zoning Certification for a Zoning Lot Subdivision §62-712.
2) Zoning Certification that Waterfront Public Access and Visual Corridors Are Not Required §62-711.
3) Zoning Authorization for Waiver of Private Road Regulations § 26-26.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to complete the construction of a substantially built residential development. The project site is currently developed with a substantially built 30 unit residential development containing 15 two family homes. The project is located at 261 Zerega Avenue / 300 Zerega Avenue in the Castle Hill section of Community District 9, the Bronx. The project site is located directly on the west side of Westchester Creek and is bounded on the north by an unimproved portion of Norton Avenue and on the south by a YMCA facility.

The conditions are: The applicant signed and executed a Restrictive Declaration with The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) to ensure that potential hazardous materials and public health issues are adequately addressed for any future development. This institutional control would bind the property owners and their successors or assigns to demonstrate to the City that the necessary remediation measures are properly implemented.

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


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 161st Street Rezoning 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 December 26, 2008. A public scoping session will be held on December 16, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse (at East 165th Street) in the Bronx, New York. The action involves the proposal to rezone all or portions of eight blocks along the 161st Street and River Avenue corridors in the civic heart of the Bronx Community District 4. It would amend the zoning map to change C8-3, C4-6, R8, R8/C1-4, R7-1, R7-1/C1-4 and R7-1/C2-4 zoning districts to C6-2, C6-3D and R8A/C2-4 zoning districts. In addition, an amendment to the Zoning Resolution text would create the new C6-3D zoning district. The proposed actions are intended to provide new opportunities for growth in an area well served by mass transit; encourage new housing production, including new affordable housing utilizing the Inclusionary Housing Program; and encourage new office and commercial space in the Bronx Civic Center.

New York City Department of City Planning analyzed eleven projected development sites and eleven potential development sites. It is expected the proposed actions would generate a net increase of 594 dwelling units, including 148 units of affordable housing; a net increase of 42,004 square feet of retail commercial space; a net increase of 306,001 square feet of commercial office space; and a net increase of 10 square feet of community facility space. The analysis year is 2018. The project would affect the area generally bound by River Avenue on the west, East 162nd Street to the north, Park Avenue to the east, and East 159th and East 153rd streets to the south in the Bronx, New York.

The draft scope is available at the following: 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, New York 10007, Robert Kulikowski, Phone: (212) 788-2937. The Draft Scope of Work and scoping protocol will also be made available for download at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/scope.shtml.

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


Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gowanus Green 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 January 23, 2009. A public scoping session will be held on December 16, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Borough Hall, 2nd Floor Auditorium (the Court Room), located at 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) may be obtained from the contact person listed below or from the Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Robert Kulikowski, Phone: (212) 788-2937. The EAS and Draft Scope of Work are also available for download at: http://www.nyc.gov/hpd.

The action involves several discretionary actions, including zoning changes, city map amendments, special permits, a zoning certification, disposition of City-owned property and project approval and designation of the site as an Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP). In addition, funding may be sought from various federal, state, and local agencies.

Under the Proposed Action, the zoning of the Project Site would be changed from an existing M3-1 zoning district to R7-2 and R7-2/C2-4 zoning districts. The City Map changes would result in the eastward extension of Luquer Street (beyond Smith Street) and a new street would be established between the extended Luquer Street and the existing 5th Street. In addition, approximately two acres of new, waterfront parkland would be established along the western edge of the Gowanus Canal. The Proposed Project has a build year of 2017 and includes a total of nine buildings containing 774 dwelling units, 40,352 square feet of neighborhood retail space, 18,818 square feet of community facility space and a 225 space parking garage which would be accessed from 5th Street. The proposed buildings would range in height from three to twelve stories. The Project Site is contaminated as a result of a former onsite manufactured gas plant and is currently occupied by industrial uses.

The project is located on an approximately 5.8 acre site on the Gowanus Canal in the Gowanus neighborhood, Brooklyn, Community District 6, New York. The Project Site is generally bounded by Smith Street to the west, 5th Street to the north, Huntington Street to the south and the Gowanus Canal to the east.

Contact: Patrick Blanchfield, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 9V-3, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5056, E-mail: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 53 West 53rd Street Project 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 December 3, 2008. A public scoping session will be held on November 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Spector Hall, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. The Draft Scope is available at: www.nyc.gov/planning.

The applicant, W2005/Hines West Fifty-Third Realty, LLC, seeks multiple actions in connection with a proposal for a mixed-use development at a 18,560 square foot vacant property. The development site would be redeveloped with a new building containing hotel and residential components as well as additional space for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a 1,250 foot tall mixed-use building of 786,562 gross square feet that would contain 718,465 gross square feet of space that would be divided between hotel and residential use and approximately 68,097 gross square feet of museum related space. The hotel use would occupy between 100,000 and 200,000 gross square feet of space and would include approximately 7,000 gross square feet of restaurant space. The residential use would occupy between 518,465 and 618,465 gross square feet of space. It is anticipated that the project sponsor would construct no more than 150 residential units and 100 hotel rooms; however, for the purposes of environmental review, a reasonable worst case development scenario will be analyzed based on total of 300 residential units and 167 hotel rooms. The building would have a tapered shape, and it is expected that the building would be clad with glass and aluminum mullions. The project is located in an irregularly shaped throughlot that is part of a larger project site. The development site, which is adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art, is located in C5-2.5, C5-P, and C6-6 commercial zoning districts as well as the Special Midtown District in the Midtown neighborhood of Community District 5, Manhattan, New York.

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



Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 770 11th Avenue Mixed Use Development Rezoning. The DEIS can be obtained from the contact person listed below or online at: www.planning.nyc.gov.

The applicant, Two Trees, proposes several discretionary actions in connection with a proposed development. The actions involve the following discretionary approvals from the NYC City Planning Commission: a zoning map amendment, two zoning text amendments, and a special permit pursuant to a general large-scale development. Additionally, the proposal involves a special permit from the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), approval of New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) tax exempt bond financing under its 80/20 affordable housing program, and a Site Selection/Acquisition application from New York Police Department (NYPD) for a mounted police facility. These actions would facilitate a proposed approximately 1.3 million gross square foot mixed-use development rising to a maximum of approximately 350 feet, including two mechanical levels above the top residential story, with three cellar levels on a 94,463 square foot site in the Clinton neighborhood in Manhattan. The applicant's intended development program includes the following uses (all approximate): 900 rental dwelling units (DUs) (on floors 3 through 30), 8,800 gross square feet of local retail (on ground floor); 20,000 gross square feet of health club space (on the third floor); 330,000 gross square feet of automobile sales, preparation, and repairs space (on the ground floor and in three cellar levels); 36,000 gross square feet of NYPD Mounted Unit facility, including stable and related space (on the ground floor and mezzanine); and up to 225 accessory parking spaces (on the second floor). Twenty percent of the residential units, approximately 180 DUs, would be affordable housing units. The rezoning area is comprised of the western portion of the block bounded by West 54th Street, Tenth Avenue, West 53rd Street, and Eleventh Avenue in the Special Clinton District within Manhattan Community District 4, New York.

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




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