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ENB - Region 2 Notices 2/11/2009

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Randall's Island Sports Field Development will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR) along with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC), and the Randall's Island Sports Foundation (RISF) to reconstruct or create 63 sports fields on Randall's Island Park and pursue a concession agreement for the use of a portion of the 66 sports fields on Randall's Island Park by a group of independent schools during the academic school year (approximately September through June). The proposed project would reconfigure and restore the worn and non-regulation size fields, as well as add landscaping, drainage improvements, park amenities, and key infrastructure improvements throughout Randall's Island Park. The new fields will enable increased soccer, baseball, and softball programming, as well as additional field days for local public schools in communities in need of active recreation facilities. The proposed concession would reserve the use of certain of the fields at certain times to independent school teams, all of whom already hold permits for after-school field use on Randall's Island, in return for a concession fee. The concession would not change the nature or use of the fields from existing conditions, but would simply allocate use of certain fields by those who already use the existing fields and are anticipated to have continued use of the fields under the current NYC DPR permit system. NYC DPR is also considering giving a priority to public school and community-based youth organizations for use of some of the remaining fields during the same after-school hours. The project is located in portions of Randall's and Wards Islands in the City of New York, located in the East River beneath the Triborough Bridge, south of the South Bronx, east of East Harlem in Manhattan, and west of Astoria, Queens, New York.

Contact: Joshua Laird, NYC DPR, 830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 360-3402, E-mail: Joshua.Laird@parks.nyc.gov.




New York County (Manhattan)
- The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lincoln Center West 65th Street - Technical Memorandum will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal by applicant, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, of modifications to the drawings filed and approved by the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) in connection with the special permit (C860382 ZSM) previously approved for the construction of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building on the northernmost zoning lot within the Lincoln Center complex, which includes the Juilliard School. The project encompasses the entire northern zoning lot of the Lincoln Center complex, which is bounded by West 66th Street, Broadway, West 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in the Borough of Manhattan, Community District 7, 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: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.



Queens County (Queens)
- The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Long Island City District Text Amendments will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed text amendments would modify the Zoning Resolution (ZR) sections 117-20, 117-42, 117-43, 117-44, 117-531 and eliminate Section 117-43. The action includes the following text amendments:

1) Modification of Section 117-531 (Street Wall Location) to allow development fronting on Jackson Avenue in the Queens Plaza Subdistrict to set the street wall back five feet to provide additional landscaping.

2) Modification of ZR 117-20 (Special Provisions in the Designated Districts) to create Section 117-23 (Street Wall Location in M1-4/R6B, M1-4/R6A, M1-4/R7A, and M1-4/R7X Designated Districts), requiring the street wall of residential development within the Hunters Point Subdistrict to line-up with an adjacent building.

3) Modification of ZR 117-42 (Special Bulk and Use Regulations in the Court Square Subdistrict) to require a minimum five-foot sidewalk widening on 45th Road to provide the sidewalk width required by DEP to maintain a sewer line below the sidewalk. It would also establish special height and setback regulations in the Court Square Subdistrict and eliminate the mandatory circulation requirements (Section 117-43). The proposed height and setback provisions would require new buildings to be built at the street line with a minimum and maximum base height of 60 and 80 feet, respectively; and with front wall setbacks of 10 feet on a wide street and 15 feet on a narrow street; or a five foot front wall setback if side lot setbacks of at least 15 feet are provided.

4) Modification of ZR Section 117-44 (Mandatory Subway Improvements) to reorganize the section for greater clarity and modify paragraph (c) of Appendix B to require that transit improvements for qualifying development within the Court Square Subdistrict would result in four new entrances with street stairs and a control area for the 45th Road/Courthouse Square Station of the Number 7 train, which would be located at the southeast corner of 45th Avenue and 23rd Street.

The project is located in the Special Long Island City Mixed Use District (LIC District), generally bounded by 5th Street, 11th Street, 23rd Street, and 21st Street on the west, 44th Drive and 37th Avenue on the north, the Sunnyside Yards on the east, and Borden Avenue on the south, in Queens Community District 2, 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: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.



Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gowanus Rezoning and Related Actions 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 March 20, 2009. Two public scoping sessions will be held on March 10, 2009 at 3:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m. both at the Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209. The action involves the proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning for a zoning map amendment involving 25 blocks (approximately 70 acres) that is currently zoned M1-2 and M2-1. The areas would be changed to mixed-use zoning districts with residential designations ranging from R6B on narrow sidestreets to R8A along 4th Avenue, with R6 or R7 on wider streets and on blocks flanking the Canal. Also part of the proposed actions is zoning text amendments establishing a Special Gowanus Mixed Use District, a Waterfront Access Plan (WAP) for blocks adjacent to the Gowanus Canal, applying streetscape regulations for 4th Avenue, the inclusion of Gowanus Canal north of Hamilton Avenue to the definition of waterfront area under the City's waterfront zoning regulations, and making the Inclusionary Housing program applicable within portions of the proposed rezoning area. The proposed rezoning area encompasses 25 blocks located in the Gowanus Canal corridor of Brooklyn Community District 6. It is generally bounded by Bond Street, Baltic Street, Gowanus Canal, Sackett Street, 4th Avenue, 1st Street, 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street. Zoning text amendments regarding streetscape on 4th Avenue and the applicability of waterfront zoning to the Gowanus Canal are also proposed and would apply to other limited areas of Community District 6, Brooklyn, 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: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Lower Concourse Rezoning and Related Actions. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed action is available upon request from the Lead Agency and will also be made available for download at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml. The action involves the proposal for zoning map and text amendments for an area encompassing approximately 30 blocks in the South Bronx. The proposed action would change the area's underlying zoning from manufacturing to mixed-use with residential and commercial uses, while preserving the existing light industrial uses in the area. The proposed zoning text amendments would include zoning text amendments to establish a Special Mixed-Use District (MX), modify food store regulations within the rezoning area and Bronx Community District 1, and establish the Inclusionary Housing program within the rezoning area. Text amendments are also proposed to establish a waterfront access plan and special district in the area located along the Harlem River waterfront between Exterior Street and the Harlem River, north of the prolongation of Park Avenue and south of East 149th Street. The project is located on approximately 30 blocks in Community District 1 of the Bronx and is generally bounded by East 149th Street and East 144th Street to the north, the Major Deegan Expressway and Park Avenue to the south, Morris and Lincoln Avenues to the east, and the Harlem River to the west, 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, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Housing Perservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Gateway Estate II. The FEIS may be viewed at: http://www.nyc.gov/hpd. Several actions are 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 1,226 seat school for intermediate and high school grade levels 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 Uniform Land Use Review Procedures (ULURP). In addition, a UDAAP designation is sought in conjunction with the disposition of the city-owned property. The FCURA 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, Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Patrick Blnachfield, NYC HPD, Phone: (212) 863-5056, Fax: (212) 863-5052, E-mail: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.



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