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ENB - Region 2 Notices 4/8/2009

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 161st Street/River Avenue Rezoning. The DEIS is available on the following website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/161st_river.shtml. The action involves the proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) 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.

NYC DCP analyzed eleven projected development sites and eleven potential development sites. Compared to the Future No-Action conditions, it is expected that project-generated development on the eleven projected development sites 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 is 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 Bronx 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.

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