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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/13/2009

Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Putnam Greenway Park Mapping will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal by NYC DPR to map, as parkland, the former Putnam Railroad right-of-way (ROW), through Van Cortlandt Park to West 230th Street. The 2.5 mile, 16 acre segment of the decommissioned ROW will be turned into a new Class 1 bicycle/pedestrian trail from West 230th Street, north through Van Cortlandt Park and link with the completed South Country Trail in Westchester County. The project is located in the Kingsbridge section of Bronx County, New York. The ROW transverses Van Cortland Park and runs parallel to the Major Deegan Expressway from the park through to West 230th Street.

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


Richmond County (Staten Island) - The City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Goodhue Park Mapping and Acquisition Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal by NYC DPR to map and acquire as parkland approximately 38 acres of private property owned by the Children's Aids Society in Community District 1 of Staten Island. The mapping and acquisition of Goodhue Park is intended to preserve a large natural area and retain the site's recreational use for public use. The project site is generally undeveloped, though it contains several small buildings used for recreational and maintenance purposes. In addition to the 26 acres of deciduous woodlands, the project site contains a meadow, various ball fields, basketball court, golf area, pool, amphitheater, and indoor gymnasium. The establishment of the property as a public park would ensure the community continued access to recreational facilities and the preservation of the natural areas. The project is located within an area generally bounded by Lafayette Avenue to the east, Brighton Avenue to the south, Prospect Avenue to the north, and North Randall Avenue, Alison Park and Sailors Snug Harbor Cemetery to the west, in northeastern Staten Island's New Brighton and Randall Manor neighborhoods in the City of New York, 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.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYS HPD), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Broadway Triangle. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held at a later date to be announced, in conjunction with the New York City Planning Commission's public hearing pursuant to Uniform Land Use Review Procedures (ULURP). Subsequent notice will be given as to the time and place of the public hearing. Written comments on the DEIS are requested and would be received and considered by the Lead Agency until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing. The DEIS may be viewed online at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/Broadway_Triangle_Proposal.shtml. The action involves the zoning map and text amendments, amendments to the Broadway Triangle Urban Renewal Plan (URP), and the disposition of City owned property within a nine block area.

Under the Proposed Action (which has a build year of 2018), the zoning of the Project Area would change from M1-2, M3-1, and C8-2 to R6A, R6A/C2-4, R7A, R7A/C2-4, and C4-3. The Proposed Action would result in an overall loss in vacant, auto-related, commercial, and manufacturing/storage uses and a net increase of approximately 1,851 residential units (of which 905 would be affordable), 103,286 square feet of retail space and 35,456 square feet of community facility space. In addition, funding may be sought from various federal, state, and local agencies. The project is generally bounded by Flushing Avenue to the south, Throop Avenue to the east, Lynch Street to the north, and Union Avenue, Walton Street, and Harrison Avenue to the west in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Community District 1, New York.

Contact: Patrick Blanchfield, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 9V-3, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5056, E-mail: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.


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