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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/19/2009

Public Notice

Notice of Responsiveness Summary and Final Document Availability

Project Title: Gowanus Canal Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan (WWFP) Report dated August 2008 and the Addendum to the Gowanus Canal WWFP Report dated April 2009.

County: Kings (Brooklyn)

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Division of Water, Albany

Brief Description: Under a 2005 Consent Order with the NYS DEC, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) has prepared a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan (WWFP) for the Gowanus Canal located on Buttermilk Channel in the Upper New York Bay. The WWFP outlines the work that has been done to-date and future plans for improving water quality in the Gowanus Canal, including abatement of the Combined Sewer Overflows into Gowanus Canal. The WWFP is the first step in the process of meeting water quality standards and was approved by the NYS DEC on July 14, 2009. The WWFP, in Appendix H, contains the Responsiveness Summary with responses to comments and questions from the February 12, 2008 public meeting and written inquiries received by the NYS DEC. The Long Term Control Plan (LTCP), per the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) CSO Policy, will be prepared by the NYC DEP in the near future.

Document Repositories: Four copies of the Gowanus Canal WWFP Report are available for viewing at the offices of the:

Carroll Gardens Public Library
396 Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Park Slope Public Library
431 6th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-6401

Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation
509 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231-3927

The Final WWFP can also be found online at: www.hydroqual.com/temp/gowanus.pdf.

Contact: Sue McCormick, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506, Phone: (518) 402-8199, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: sdmccorm@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Notice of Responsiveness Summary and Final Document Availability

Project Title: Coney Island Creek Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan (WWFP) Report dated June 2009

County: Kings (Brooklyn)

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Division of Water, Albany

Brief Description: Under a 2005 Consent Order with the NYS DEC, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) has prepared a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan (WWFP) for Coney Island Creek that discharges to Gravesend Bay. The WWFP outlines the work that has been done to-date and future plans for improving water quality in Coney Island Creek, including abatement of the Combined Sewer Overflow into Coney Island Creek. The WWFP is the first step in the process of meeting current water quality standards and was approved by the NYS DEC on July 15, 2009. The WWFP, in Appendix B, contains the Responsiveness Summary with responses to comments and questions from the November 12, 2008 public meeting and written inquiries received by the NYS DEC. The Long Term Control Plan (LTCP), pre the United State Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) CSO Policy, will be prepared by the NYC DEP in the near future.

Document Repositories: A copy of the Final Coney Island Creek WWFP Report is available for viewing at the offices of:

Brooklyn Community Board #13
1201 Surf Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Brooklyn Public Library - Coney Island Branch
1901 Mermaid Avenue (at West 19th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11224

The Final WWFP can also be found online at: www.hydroqual.com/temp/coney.pdf

Contact: Sue McCormick, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506, Phone: (518) 402-8199, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: sdmccorm@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as lead agencies, have accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Western Rail Yard. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on September 9, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at 22 Reade Street, New York, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until September 21, 2009 at the address below and on line at: WRYEIScomments@planning.nyc.gov . The DEIS is available at the Department of City Planning website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml, and at the MTA website: http://www.mta.info/mta/planning/wry/deis.html. A CD-ROM copy of the DEIS can be made available upon request by contacting the Co-Lead Agency contact listed below. The DEIS is also available at the following locations for review:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters
347 Madison Avenue
9th Floor Law Library
New York, NY
Please call (212) 878-7354 for an appointment

City of New York City Planning Commission
22 Reade Street, 4E
New York, NY 10007

The action involves several actions intended to facilitate development at three Manhattan project sites. They are a proposed mixed-use development over the western section (Western Rail Yard) of the MTA-Long Island Rail Road John D. Caemmerer Yard, and affordable residential development at two "Additional Housing Sites." The mixed-use development at the Western Rail Yard site is expected to include commercial (retail and office or hotel) space, residential units (both market rate and affordable), a public school, open space, and accessory parking.

The principal actions analyzed in the DEIS include:

(1) The lease of, with option to purchase, the air space over the Western Rail Yard and related property interests by MTA to a development entity selected by MTA to carry out such mixed-use development.
(2) Zoning map and text amendments and accessory parking special permits by the City of New York pursuant to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
(3) The establishment of new legal grades in West 33rd Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues.
(4) The site selection by the New York City School Construction Authority for an elementary/intermediate public school on the Western Rail Yard.
(5) The partial release of MTA's interest in certain property located at the Ninth Avenue Site to the City.
(6) The disposition, zoning text map change, zoning map change, and issuance of various special permits by the City of New York pursuant to ULURP for the Ninth Avenue Site and the Tenth Avenue Site to facilitate the development of affordable housing at these two Additional Housing Sites.

The DEIS assesses the effects of the Proposed Actions on land use, zoning, and public policy; socioeconomic conditions; community facilities and services; open space; shadows; historic resources; urban design and visual resources; neighborhood character; natural resources; hazardous materials; consistency with the Waterfront Revitalization Program; infrastructure; solid waste and sanitation services; energy; traffic and parking; transit and pedestrians; air quality; noise; construction; public health; environmental justice; unavoidable significant adverse impacts, growth inducing aspects of the Proposed Actions; and irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources. The DEIS identifies the potential for significant adverse impacts to community facilities and services, open space, shadows, operational and construction period traffic, transit, and pedestrians. Many impacts would be mitigated, in whole or in part; others would remain unmitigated.

The DEIS also examines a range of alternatives, including no action, reduced density, no unmitigated significant impacts, and tri-generation energy supply alternatives.

The project is located on three sites: the Western Rail Yard comprising approximately 13 acres on the west side of Manhattan, Community District 4 and is bounded by Eleventh Avenue, Twelfth Avenue, West 30th Street and West 33rd Street, as well as the two Additional Housing Sites: a site near Tenth Avenue and West 48th Street, and the other at Ninth Avenue near West 54th Street.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 161st Street / River Avenue Rezoning. The FEIS is available at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/home.html. The action involves the proposal to rezone all or portions of eights blocks. 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.

New York City Department of City Planning 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 located along the 161st Street and River Avenue corridors in the civic heart of the Bronx Community District 4, New York. The proposed actions would affect the area 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.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007.




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