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ENB - Region 2 Notices 9/9/2009

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Webster Avenue Residential Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Webster Commons, LLC, for a Zoning Map Amendment to change the zoning designation of a 84,103 square foot parcel from R6 to R7X. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a development, "Webster Commons," that consists of four residential buildings (Buildings A through D) containing 400 affordable (low to moderate income) and senior dwelling units, as well as a 10,616 square foot day care center. The project is bounded by Webster Avenue to the west, an area north of East 211th Street to the south, the MTA Metro-North railroad tracks to the east, and East 233rd Street to the north. Woodlawn Cemetery is located on the west side of Webster Avenue across the street from the project site. The project is located within an R6 zoning district in the Olinville section of the Bronx, Community District 12, New York.

The conditions are:

1. The Air Quality Analysis section of the EAS concluded that the heating, ventilating and air conditioning stacks must be in the specific locations identified above in order to avoid significant adverse impacts to air quality. Such locations would be ensured through the restrictive declaration described above, which would also restrict the proposed development to the heights, square footage, and arrangement disclosed in the EAS and shown on the related site plan. With the implementation of the Restrictive Declaration measures, no significant adverse impacts related to stationary source air quality would occur.

2. The Natural Resources Analysis indicated that, in order to avoid significant adverse impacts to natural resources, there must be no development below the 70 foot elevation line on either side of the gorge and a maintenance plan for the gorge area must be reviewed and approved by the New York Department of Environmental Protection prior to construction. With the implementation of the Restrictive Declaration measures, no significant adverse impacts related to natural resources would occur.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3495.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 53 West 53rd Street. The FEIS is available online at the New York City Department of City Planning website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/53_west_53.shtml. The FEIS is also available from the contact person listed below.

The applicant, W2005/Hines West Fifty-Third Realty, LLC, is proposing multiple actions in connection with a proposed mixed-use development. The actions will involve the following approvals from the NYC City Planning Commission: a special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Sections 74-79 and 81-212 to allow the transfer of development rights from the University Club, a New York City and State/National Register Landmark; a special permit pursuant to ZR Section 74-711 and 81-277 in connection with the use of excess development rights from St. Thomas Church. These actions would facilitate the construction of a 1,250 foot tall mixed-use building of 786,562 gross square feet that would contain 718,465 gross square feet of space that would be divided between hotel and residential use and approximately 68,097 gross square feet of museum-related space. The hotel use would occupy between 100,000 and 200,000 gross square feet of space and would include approximately 7,000 gross square feet of restaurant space. The residential use would occupy between 518,465 and 618,465 gross square feet of space. It is anticipated that the project sponsor would construct no more than 150 residential units and 120 hotel rooms; however, for the purposes of environmental review, a reasonable worst case development scenario will be analyzed based on a total of 300 residential units and 167 hotel rooms. The build year is 2013.

The proposed project requires New York City Planning Commission approval of a Special Permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Sections 74-79 and 81-212 to allow the transfer of development rights from the University Club, a New York City and State/National Register Landmark and a Special Permit pursuant to ZR Section 74-711 and 81-277 to allow, in connection with the use of excess development rights from St. Thomas Church, the distribution of floor area without regard to zoning district boundaries and the modification of certain bulk requirements relating to height and setback requirements, pedestrian circulation space, and rear yard equivalent requirements. St. Thomas Church is a New York City Landmark that is also listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The project is located at 53 West 53rd Street, a 18,560 square foot vacant property on the block bounded by Sixth Avenue on the west, West 54th Street on the north, Fifth Avenue on the east, and West 53rd Street on the south, in Midtown neighborhood of Community Board 5, Manhattan. The development site is an irregularly shaped throughlot that is part of a larger project site. The development site, which is adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), is located in C5-2.5, C5-P, and C6-6 commercial zoning districts as well as the Special Midtown District of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3495.


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