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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/21/2009

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as co-lead agencies, have accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Western Rail Yard. The Final EIS will be available at the New York City Department of City Planning website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml or accessed via a link from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority website: http://www.mta.info. A CD-ROM copy of the Final EIS can made be available upon request by contacting the Co-Lead Agency contact listed below.

The Final EIS will be 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, Room 4E
New York, NY 10007

New York City Office of Environmental Coordination
253 Broadway, 14th floor
New York, NY 10007

New York Public Library Muhlenberg Branch
209 West 23rd Street
New York, NY

The action involves the several actions intended to facilitate development at three Manhattan project sites-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 (Development 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 Final EIS (Proposed Actions) 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 project is located on three sites - the Western Rail Yard, comprising approximately 13 acres bounded by Eleventh Avenue to the east, West 30th Street to the south, Twelfth Avenue to the west, and West 33rd Street to the north - as well as two city-owned "Additional Housing Sites": a site near Tenth Avenue and West 48th Street, and another at Ninth Avenue near West 54th Street. All sites are located within Community District 4, Manhattan, New York.

Contacts: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.

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