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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/12/2009

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed West 44th Street and Eleventh Avenue Rezoning. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held at a later date to be announced. 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/West44-st-11th-ave-rezoning.shtml.

The action involves a proposal which requires discretionary approvals by the City of New York for disposition of City-owned property, zoning map and text amendments, special permits, and site selection as well as approval by the State of New York for public financing. These approvals would allow for the development of affordable and market-rate housing, retail uses, and accessory parking as well as relocation and expansion of Public School (P.S.) 51. Under the Proposed Actions, the existing M1-5 zoning district would be changed to R8 and R10 residential zoning districts with a C2-5 commercial overlay. The Proposed Actions would facilitate the development of up to 1,350 dwelling units (including a substantial amount of affordable housing), up to 17,500 square feet of retail space, and the relocation and expansion of P.S. 51 (Elias Howe School). The project is generally bounded by West 44th Street to the south, Tenth Avenue to the east, West 45th Street to the north, and Eleventh Avenue to the west, and is traversed by an AMTRAK rail cut (approximately 150 feet west of Tenth Avenue) in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 4, 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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