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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/26/2009

Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 470 Vanderbilt Avenue Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. On June 1, 2009, the New York City Planning Commission issued a Negative Declaration for the above referenced proposal. On August 10th, 2009, the applicant submitted a revised Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) application which includes revised drawings and illustrative site plans, in connection with an option under consideration by the applicant to lease approximately 60,000 gross square feet of space on portions of the first, second and third floors of the existing building to two schools (Use Group 3A). No modifications to the proposed actions are being sought. The project is located at 470 Vanderbilt Avenue, in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Community District 2, Brooklyn. The project site consists of the block bounded by Fulton Street, Vanderbilt Avenue, Clermont Avenue, and Atlantic Avenue, and is currently zoned M1-1 and R6/C2-3.

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 161 West 78th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 161 West 78th St LLC, is seeking a Special Permit pursuant to Section 74-711 of the Zoning Resolution to facilitate the construction of a 694 square foot rooftop addition to a contributing building to a New York City Landmark Historic District. The special permit would request that the City Planning Commission waive the provisions of ZR Section 23-692, which would limit any building enlargement to a height of 60 feet. The project is located at 161 West 78th Street, on the north side of West 78th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues, in Manhattan, Community District 7. The project site is located within the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District, a New York City Landmark Historic District that has been determined eligible for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The project site is within an R8B district (medium density residential), and a C2-7 district is located along Amsterdam Avenue.

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 Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Ocean Breeze Park Reconstruction will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a public parkland, currently providing both passive and active recreational uses. The proposed project encompasses the 110 acre Ocean Breeze Park, a 6 acre portion of Midland Beach Park (which is a 638.5 acre park), and a 12.5 acre portion of South Beach State Park, which would be transferred along with the remaining 13.902 acres of the State Park to the City for park purposes by the New York State Office of General Services.

The overriding goal of the proposed project is the successful integration of active and passive recreational spaces, while improving natural resources. The active facilities will include a new indoor athletic building (Field House), three baseball fields, one little league field, one football/soccer field, one playground area, and associated parking. The passive areas will be restored into a viable natural environment to preserve the coastal grasslands and freshwater wetlands of Staten Island. The restoration will include the removal of debris and the reduction of the man-made desire lines and paths into a more defined system of paths, to include nature trails, bike trails, and running/jogging trails, that will aid in the preservation and management of the surrounding natural resources. The proposed action also includes the addition of traffic signals at the two proposed access drives and adjustments of signal timing at existing intersections in the area. The project is bounded by Quintard Street, Mason Avenue, Seaview Hospital and Father Capodanno Boulevard in Staten Island, New York.

Contact: Joshua Laird, NYC DPR, The Arsenal Central Park, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 360-3402, E-mail: Joshua.laird@parks.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Kings County (Brooklyn) - 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 Broadway Triangle. 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 10007. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until September 21, 2009. Copies of the Final Scope of Work and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement may be obtained from the contact person listed below or from Robert Kulikowski, Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10038, Phone: (212) 788 9956. The documents are also available on NYC HPD's website at: 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.

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 DEIS identifies potential significant adverse impacts related to socioeconomic conditions (indirect residential displacement); open space; shadows; historic resources (construction-related impacts); traffic and parking; and transit (local bus service). Measures that would fully or partially mitigate impacts for socioeconomic conditions (indirect residential displacement); open space; shadows; traffic; and transit (local bus service) are identified in the DEIS. The historic (construction-related) impacts would be unmitigated because there are no mechanisms to require a construction protection plan for two of the State/National Register-eligible historic resources identified in the DEIS.

The project is located within a nine block area of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Community District 1, New York and includes the blocks 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.

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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