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ENB - Region 2 Notices 11/26/2008

Public Notice

Fact Sheet

Brownfield Cleanup Program

Site Name:
Former Citygas Service Station

Site No.: C241116

Site Address:
83-10 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, NY 11370

County: Queens

Requestor: Grovick Properties, 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 Action 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 January 10, 2009 to:

Andre Obligado
NYS DEC
Division of Environmental Remediation, Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

Repository address:

East Elmhurst Library
9506 Astoria Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11369


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 400 River Avenue Charter High School 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 action involves the proposal by RH Bronx Rider, LLC to obtain capital funding from the DOE for the development of a new charter high school facility in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. The proposed facility would provide approximately 800 seats for ninth through twelfth grade students. The proposed site is an approximately 37,403 square foot assemblage of three (3) tax lots.

The proposed project would provide a permanent high school facility for students who currently attend charter middle schools operated by the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) in the Bronx, Harlem, and Brooklyn. KIPP operates four middle schools in the City of New York but lacks a high school facility to serve these students. Under the proposed project, the Applicant would receive capital funding from private donations, New Market Tax Credits, and DOE's Charter Facilities Matching Grant Program to facilitate the development of the proposed new charter high school facility. The Applicant would acquire the site, demolish all on-site structures, and construct a new approximately six story building on the site. According to preliminary conceptual plans, the building would contain a total of up to approximately 192,222 gross square feet, a rooftop outdoor recreational area, and would rise to a maximum height of 97 feet. The proposed building's main entrance would be located on 143rd Street. If approved, the DOE and SCA would provide matching capital funding to the Applicant starting in 2008 for property acquisition, design and construction, and the charter school organization would expect to begin occupancy of the facility in 2011.

The project is located at 400 Rider Avenue in the block bounded by East 144th Street and East 143rd Street to the north, Morris Avenue to the east, East 142nd Street to the south, and Rider Avenue to the west, in the Borough of Bronx, New York.

The conditions are:

1. Phase 1B archaeological field testing to identify potential archeological resources.
2. Traffic signal timing modifications such that the new school facility would not result in a significant adverse impact to local traffic conditions.
3. HVAC exhaust stack restrictions such that the proposed school facility would not result in significant adverse impacts related to air quality.
4. Window-wall attenuation such that interior classroom noise levels shall not exceed 45 dB(A) under closed window conditions.
5. Phase II Environmental Site Investigation for the site to further investigate the Recognized Environmental Conditions indentified in the Phase I assesment.

Contact: Adam Lynn, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thompson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 472-8234, E-mail: alynn@nycsca.org.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Riverside Center 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 20, 2009. Public scoping will be held in two sessions on January 8, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Spector Hall, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. The draft scope is available from the contact person listed below 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.

The action involves the proposal by the applicant, CRP/Extell Parcel L, LP and CRP/Extell Parcel N, LP, for a modification to the southernmost portion of the previously approved General Large-Scale Development (GLSD) known as Riverside South to develop Parcels L, M, and N as Riverside Center. The proposed project would be a complex of five mixed-used buildings that would include 2,500 residential dwelling units (including 300 dwelling units of affordable housing), 617,200 square feet of commercial space (including hotel, retail, cinema, and automotive showroom/service uses and possibly office uses), 97,000 square feet of community facility uses (anticipated to be developed as a public elementary school), 1,800 public parking spaces, and approximately 3.8 acres of privately owned, publicly accessible open space. The proposed project would require a number of discretionary actions from the lead agency, City Planning Commission (CPC), that would include special permits, a zoning text amendment, and a City Map amendment. The project is bounded by West End Avenue, Riverside Boulevard, and West 59th and 61st Streets in the Upper West Side neighborhood of 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.


Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commision, 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), Bronx, NY 10458. The draft scope is available from the contact person listed below 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.

The action involves the proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning to rezone all or portions of eights 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. The proposed action 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 Street and East 153rd Street to the south in the Bronx, 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.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York Police Department (NYPD), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II). A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on December 17, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Spector Hall, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until December 31, 2008. A hard copy of the DEIS/FEIS is available at the following location: 620 Circle Drive, Fort Totten, NY, 11359. The online version of the DEIS/FEIS is available at the following publically accessible web site: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/reports/psac2_draft_EIS.shtml.

The action involves the application for site selection and acquisition of private property by the City of New York and an amendment to the City Map to facilitate the construction of a new Public Safety Answer Center II (PSAC II). The proposed development site comprises approximately 8.75 acres. The Proposed Project would consist of an approximately 640,000 gross square foot office building with 14 above grade levels that would be the City's 2nd emergency 911 service center, which would be a parallel operation to the existing PSAC I facility at 11 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. The proposed facility would operate 24/7 and would be designed with redundant mechanical systems for continuous operation. The new building would have a maximum height of 350 feet tall to the roof line. In addition, a new accessory garage would be constructed in conjunction with the office building to accommodate 500 vehicles. As the proposed development site is relatively isolated and does not have any linear frontage adjacent to a public thoroughfare, the City Map would be amended to map Industrial Street as a public street to ensure permanent vehicular access and utility services to the site. The project is generally bounded by the Bronx and Pelham Parkway, the Hutchinson River Parkway, the existing Hutchinson Metro Center office building, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad right-of-way for Amtrak at 1200 Water Place in Bronx, New York.

Contact: Anthony Tria, NYPD, 620 Circle Drive, Fort Totten, NY 11359, Phone: (718) 281-1254, E-mail: atria@nypd.org.


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 Fordham University Lincoln Center Master Plan. The action involves the proposal by the applicant, Fordham University, to implement the Master Plan for its Lincoln Center campus that would provide approximately 2.35 million square feet of additional gross floor area at this location. The proposed campus development would include 1,607,460 gross square feet of additional academic and dormitory space. The Master Plan would also provide for about 736,504 gross square feet of new residential space (in two buildings on the northwest and southwest corners of the superblock to be built by private developers). In addition, accessory parking totaling approximately 470 spaces would be provided in below grade parking garages. Development is expected to occur in two phases with Phase I complete by 2014 and Phase II (full development) complete by 2032.

The proposed project would require a number of discretionary actions from the lead agency, City Planning Commission (CPC), that would include several special permits, a zoning text amendment, and a number of zoning authorizations. Fordham is also seeking approval by DASNY for the authorization of the expenditure of proceeds from the State of New York Personal Income Tax Revenue Bond (Education Resolution) program. The bond proceeds will be used to finance the development of the academic buildings in the Master Plan. The area of the proposed action is the superblock bounded by Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues and West 60th Street and West 62nd Street immediately south of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York within Community District 7.

Copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement may be obtained from the contact person listed below or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10038, Robert Kulikowski, Phone: (212) 788-9956; and on the New York City Department of City Planning's Planning's website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

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









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