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ENB - Region 2 Notices 6/17/2009

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined the proposed 4-8 East 94th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the applicant, RJM/EM 4 E 94th Street, LLC, seeking a Special Permit pursuant to Section 74-711 to modify height, frontwall setback and rear yard line setback regulations. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to renovate two existing, connected buildings located at 4-8 East 94th Street, to create one residential building with two dwelling units. The project is located on the south side of East 94th Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Community District 8, New York. The project site is located within two zoning districts: a 6 foot wide portion of the site is within an R10 residential district and the Park Improvement Special District, and the rest of the site is within an R8B residential district and Limited Height District (LH-1A). The site is also located within the Carnegie Hill Historic District, a New York City, State and National Historic District.

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


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 246 Eleventh Avenue will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, G & R 11th Avenue Associates, LLC, for an amendment to the Zoning Resolution to allow an increase in the permitted floor area ratio in a C6-3 district in Subarea C of the Special West Chelsea District. The proposed text would allow existing buildings on lots within both a C6-3 and M1-5 zoning district within Subarea C of the Special West Chelsea District to achieve a maximum of 7.5 FAR (the maximum FAR allowed in the C6-3 district in West Chelsea through a transfer of development rights from the High Line), provided that the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission certifies that a payment has been made to the High Line Improvement Fund established under Section 98-25 of the Zoning Resolution. This text amendment would apply to zoning lots existing prior to June 23, 2005. The development site is the only known site to which the text amendment would apply. Any development utilizing additional floor area pursuant to the proposed zoning text would need to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from LPC in addition to the above-mentioned Chairperson certification, which will be sought later during the design stage of the building. The project is comprised of two corner lots and a through lot portion and includes frontage on West 26th Street, 11th Avenue, and West 27th Street, Manhattan, Community District 4, New York. The project site spans M1-5 and C6-3 zoning districts within the Special West Chelsea District and the West Chelsea Historic District.

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


Bronx, Kings, Queens and New York Counties (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Text Amendment Text will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning for an amendment to the Zoning Resolution to establish new text for neighborhood grocery stores in Use Group 6 in areas of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. By 2019, the proposed text is expected to result in the development of up to approximately 15 neighborhood grocery stores in the affected areas by New York City Planning Commission Certification. The project applies to portions of Community Districts 9-12 in the Borough of Manhattan, portions of Community Districts 1-7 in the Borough of the Bronx, portions of Community Districts 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 16 and 17 in the Borough of Brooklyn and the Downtown Jamaica Special District in Queens, 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.



Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 53 West 53rd Street Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on a later date to be announced. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until the 10th day following the public hearing. The DEIS is available at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/53_west_53.shtml. The action involves the development of an approximately 786,562 gross square feet, 1,250 feet tall building which would provide approximately 68,097 gross square feet for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), including gallery, storage, and mechanical space; between 518,645 gross square feet and 618,465 gross square feet of residential space; and between 100,000 gross square feet and 200,000 gross square feet of hotel space. The project is expected to have an approximately 44 month construction period and be complete by 2013.

To develop the proposed building, W2005/Hines West Fifty-Third Realty, LLC (the applicant) is seeking two special permits, which require approval from the New York City Planning Commission and are subject to review under the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR). The New York City Department of City Planning is acting as the CEQR lead agency for this proposal. The project is located near the western end of the Midtown block bounded by West 53rd and 54th Streets and Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas at 53 West 53rd Street within the Special Midtown District and lies in several different commercial zoning districts: C5-2.5, C5-P, C5-3, and C6-6 in Manhattan, 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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