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ENB - Region 2 Notices 11/18/2009

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

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 on December 2, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. The public hearing on the DEIS will be held in conjunction with the City Planning Commission's public hearing pursuant to Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until December 14, 2009. Copies of the Final Scope of Work and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement may be obtained from: Patrick Blanchfield, NYC HPD - Office of Development, 100 Gold Street, Room 9V-3, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5056; or Robert Kulikowski, Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956. The documents are also available on NYC HPD's website 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 New York State's Housing Finance Agency (HFA) for public financing (Proposed Actions). 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 DEIS identifies potential significant adverse impacts related to community facilities and services (publicly-funded day care) and traffic. Measures that could fully or partially mitigate these impacts are identified in the DEIS. In the event mitigation measures are found to be infeasible, the significant adverse impacts would be unmitigated.

The project is located in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 4, New York, 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).

Contact: Patrick Blanchfield, NYC HPD - Office of Development, 100 Gold Street, Room 9V-3, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5056, E-mail: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.

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