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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/28/2009

Negative Declaration

New York County (Queens) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Brighton Beach Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposed amendment to the zoning map and an amendment to the zoning text affecting an approximately 54 block area in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 13.

The proposal would change the following existing zoning districts to contextual zoning districts:

1. The R6 zoning district districts in lower-density areas would be replaced by R4A, R5, and R5D zoning districts.

2. The R6 zoning district in densely built areas along wide streets and commercial corridors would be replaced by an R7A zoning districts.

3. The existing R6 zoning district along the Brighton Beach Avenue corridor between Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenue would be replaced by a C4-4A (R7A equivalent) commercial district.

4. The existing C1-2 and C1-3 zoning districts on Coney Island Avenue, Brighton Beach Avenue (east of Coney Island Avenue), and Neptune Avenue would be replaced by C2-4 commercial overlay districts, which would also decrease the depth of the commercial districts from 150 feet to 100 feet.

5. New C2-4 commercial overlays are proposed for Neptune Avenue and Coney Island Avenue where commercial uses exist today.

The boundaries of the Quality Housing Study Area are proposed to be modified to remove the portion within the Brighton Beach Rezoning area. The Brighton Beach Rezoning proposes an amendment to the Zoning Resolution §23-90 to allow the provisions of the Inclusionary Housing program to be applicable to the proposed R7A and C4-4A districts. An expansion of the Special Ocean Parkway District is proposed to extend the boundary south of the special district to encompass both sides of Brighton Beach Avenue between Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenue, to facilitate the creation of special regulations for the Brighton Beach Avenue commercial corridor. The special regulations include height and setback restrictions, and special ground floor use requirements. The project is generally bounded by Shore Parkway to the north, Ocean Parkway to the west, Brighton Beach Avenue to the south, and Corbin Place and Cass Place to the east in the Brighton Beach, Brooklyn Community District 13, New York.

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


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cross Access Connection Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a zoning map amendment and a zoning text amendment. The zoning map amendment would change the existing zoning in the area from R1-2, R2, R3X, R3-2, R4, R4-1, R5, and R6 to R1-2A (a newly created district, as described below), R2A, R2, R3X, R3-1, R3-2, R4, R4A, R4-1, R4B, R5B, and R5D. In addition, existing C1-3 commercial overlays mapped to a depth of 100 feet rather than 150 feet, will replace C1-2 commercial overlays, or be mapped where no overlays currently exist. The proposed text amendment would establish a new R1-2A district, a single family detached residence district. The proposed R1-2A district regulations would require the same single family detached housing type as currently required under R1-2 district regulations, but with revised floor area exemptions, front yard setbacks, lot coverage, and height regulations.

The proposed action is intended to preserve the established low-density character of North Flushing and adjacent portions of Auburndale, Bayside and Beechhurst and to ensure that future residential development that would reinforce the existing patterns of one and two family, detached, semi-detached, and attached housing. The proposed changes to commercial overlay districts are intended to prevent commercial intrusion into residential blocks and better reflect the location of existing commercial uses.

As a result of the proposed rezoning, 2-two family houses could be constructed, on two sites in areas proposed to be rezoned from R2 to R3X. Absent the proposed rezoning these sites which are developed with 2 single family houses would remain in their current use.

The proposed R1-2A district is intended for low-density areas characterized by single family detached houses built on large zoning lots. It is possible that the proposed R1-2A district may be mapped in such areas in the near future. The project is located on all or portions of 257 blocks in the North Flushing and adjacent neighborhood portions, including a single block location in Beechhurst, neighborhoods in Queens, Community Districts 7 and 11, New York. The proposed rezoning area is generally bounded by Union Street to the west; the Clearview Expressway and Francis Lewis Boulevard to the east; 25th Avenue to the north; and Northern Boulevard and Depot Road to the south. A small portion of the rezoning area is located north of Powell's Cove Boulevard on the east side of 159th Street, in Beechhurst, to the north of North Flushing.

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



Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cross Access Connection Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by the New York City Department of City Planning for a zoning text amendment to establish Cross Access Connections in the Borough of Staten Island in C4-1, C8, and M districts. The proposed text amendment would create ZR Sections 36-59 (Cross Access Connections in the Borough of Staten Island) and 44-49 (Cross Access Connections in the Borough of Staten Island) and modify ZR Section 107-483 (Planting and screening for open parking area).

The proposal would apply to commercial and community facility developments and enlargements in C4-1, C8, and M districts in Staten Island Community Districts 1, 2 and 3, including areas within the Special South Richmond Development District and the Special Hillsides Preservation District. The proposal would require that adjacent parking lots be connected to each other so traffic could move from one parking lot to another without re-entering roads. For new developments, the requirements would apply when 70 percent of the floor area would be occupied by a commercial or community facility use and there would be at least 18 accessory parking spaces or at least 6,000 square feet of parking area. For enlargements, the requirements would apply when at least 70 percent of the resulting floor area would be occupied by commercial or community facility use and the enlargement would result in a total of at least 18 accessory parking spaces or a total of 6,000 square feet of parking area.

The proposal is intended to reduce traffic on main arterials by allowing vehicles to move between retail or community facility developments without re-entering the public street and to create a safer pedestrian and vehicular environment by reducing redundant curb cuts on retail strips. The proposal would not induce or inhibit future development, and would not affect the amount, type or location of development. The project would apply to commercial and community facility developments and enlargements in C4-1, C8, and M districts in Staten Island Community Districts 1, 2 and 3, including areas within the Special South Richmond Development District and the Special Hillsides Preservation District. C4-1, C8, and M districts in Staten Island are predominately located along the northern and western shores of the Borough of Staten Island, New York.

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


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 770 Eleventh Avenue Mixed Use Development Rezoning. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on February 4, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the New York City Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until February 17, 2009. The action involves the proposal by the applicant, Two Trees Management Corp., for numerous discretionary approvals in connection with a proposed mixed-use development. The project site is located in an M1-5 zoning district within the Special Clinton District.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct an approximately 1.1 million square foot, 350 foot tall building with three cellar levels. The building would include 900 dwelling units (720 market rate and 180 affordable units pursuant to the inclusionary housing program); 8,800 square feet of local retail space; 20,000 square feet of health club space; 330,000 square feet of automobile sales, preparation and repairs space; 36,000 square feet of NYPD Mounted Unit facility; and up to 225 accessory parking spaces. The build year for the project is 2011.

The proposed actions involve approvals by New York City Planning Commission for a zoning map amendment to rezone the project site from M1-5 to C6-3X, two zoning text amendments concerning the applicability of the inclusionary housing program and allowing for automobile sales/repair and horse stable uses at the site, a special permit pursuant to a General Large-Scale Development, and site selection for a NYPD Mounted Unit horse stable facility. Additionally, the proposal involves a special permit from the Board of Standards and Appeals for a physical culture establishment, and approval by the NY State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) for tax-exempt bond financing for an 80/20 affordable housing program.

The DEIS identifies significant adverse impacts related to traffic, community facilities (daycare and elementary schools); and shadows (historic resources). The DEIS identifies measures that would fully mitigate impacts to traffic. Potential mitigation measures were identified for community facilities and shadows, and these potential mitigation measures will be further explored and evaluated in the FEIS. If the proposed mitigation measures are determined to be infeasible, the significant adverse impacts to community facilities and shadows would remain unmitigated.

The DEIS evaluates five alternatives to the proposed action: a No Action Alternative; an As-of-Right Alternative; a No NYPD Mounted Unit Facility Alternative; a Lesser-Density/Community Board 4 Alternative and a No Impact Alternative.

The project is located at 770 Eleventh Avenue in the Clinton neighborhood of Community District 4, Manhattan, New York.

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


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