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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/31/2008

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 15 Penn Plaza 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 through February 11, 2009. A public scoping session will be held on January 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. The action involves the proposal by the applicants, 401 Commercial LP and 401 Hotel REIT LLC, to redevelop the current site of the Hotel Pennsylvania. The proposed actions consist of a zoning map amendment to rezone a portion of the project site from C6-4.5 to C6-6, zoning text amendments to various sections of the Zoning Resolution and special permits to modify bulk regulations and certain mandatory district plan elements of the Special Midtown District pursuant to the proposed text amendments and to allow for a floor area bonus of up to 20 percent for rail mass transit improvements. The area affected by the actions includes the adjacent Manhattan Mall, which would be merged with the development site to create a single zoning lot. The proposed actions would facilitate either one of two building scenario proposals by the applicant - a Single Tenant Office Scenario with up to approximately 2,840,000 gross square feet, or a Multi-Tenant Office Scenario with up to approximately 2,650,000 gross square feet. Both scenarios would be constructed within the same maximum building envelope and would contain new commercial office space located above retail use. Additionally, both scenarios would include 100 below-grade accessory parking spaces and new below-grade mass transit improvements. Absent the proposed actions, the applicant has stated that it would develop the 15 Penn Plaza site under existing C6-6 and C6-4.5 zoning with an as-of-right office building of approximately 1,600,000 gross square feet. The applicant indicates the build year for the project is 2014. The project is located on the block bounded by Seventh Avenue and Sixth Avenue between West 32nd Street and West 33rd Street within the Penn Center Subdistrict of the Special Midtown District, in Manhattan Community District 5, New York.

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



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