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ENB - Region 2 Notices 7/29/2009

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Banana Republic SoHo Special Permit EAS will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by Banana Republic, LLC, for a special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-922 to exceed 10,000 square feet of retail space in an M1 District. The action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to consolidate a retail clothing store, located in three interconnected buildings at 550-556 Broadway. The consolidated store would contain approximately 18,113 square foot retail space.

The site is currently developed with three-mixed use buildings containing ground-floor retail and vacant retail storefront, as well as above-grade commercial, artistic and residential uses. The project is located at 550-556 Broadway in the SoHo section of Manhattan, 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.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 15 Charles Street Public Parking Garage will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a special permit pursuant to Sections 13-562 and 74-52 of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York (ZR). The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop a 92 space attended public parking garage on the ground floor and in the cellar level of a 15 story residential building which is not yet constructed. The project is located at 150 Charles Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan 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.


Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Oakwood Beach WPCP Plant Upgrade will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the reconstruction of the existing Primary Substation including the installation of new underground feeder cables and an additional back-up generator, upgrading the existing Chemical and Petroleum Bulk Storage Facilities and associated containment facilities, upgrading the Final Settling Tank Skimmer System, upgrading the Scum Concentration Tank Equipment and providing additional modifications to further enhance the overall safety and quality of the treatment process. The project is located at 751 Mill Road in Staten Island, New York .

Contact: Lisa L. Fuerst, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-4407, E-mail: lfuerst@dep.nyc.gov.



Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Queens County (Queens) - The New York Police Department (NYPD), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Police Academy. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on August 19, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Spector Hall, 1st Floor, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY (intersection of Reade Street and Elk Street). Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until August 31, 2009. A hard copy of the DEIS is available from the contact person listed below. The DEIS is avaiable on the following website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/reports/pa_college_point_deis.shtml. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC DDC), in cooperation with the NYPD and New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (NYC DCAS), for the development of a new Police Academy in College Point, Queens. The new Police Academy would incorporate many of the NYPD's existing training facilities throughout the City into one consolidated campus, which would be located on approximately 35 acres, including a majority of the NYPD's vehicle impoundment site in College Point, Queens. The construction of a new Police Academy would allow for a modern complex that would consolidate in one-campus facilities for civilians, recruits, and active police officers that are currently trained in multiple facilities across the City. The total development size would be up to approximately 2.4 million gross square feet and will include indoor training facilities, classrooms, and related support space, an indoor pistol training facility, a tactical village, a fieldhouse with an indoor track, a police museum, and a visiting police/lecturer housing facility. The Police Academy will have an above-grade parking facility for no fewer than 2,000 vehicles. The proposed project would allow for maximum efficiencies in instructional use and operation for recruit, in-service, civilian, and cadet training programs. The discretionary action requiring environmental review includes Site Selection for the proposed facility. The project is located 26-02 Ulmer St (aka 28-11 28th Ave) Queens, New York (the northern portion of the NYPD's College Point Tow Pound Facility).

Contact: Anthony Tria, NYPD, 620 Circle Drive, Fort Totten, NY 11359, Phone: (718) 281-1254, E-mail: a.tria@nypd.org.



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