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ENB - Region 2 Notices 11/25/2009

Negative Declaration

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Residential Streetscape Preservation Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by the New York City Department of City Planning for a city-wide text amendment to clarify, revise, and introduce new regulations to preserve and enhance the streetscape character of residential neighborhoods. The proposed amendment aims to meet a number of goals with regard to front-yard planting, parking allowances and requirements, curb cuts, and open space in residential districts. In addition, the proposal responds to a recent court decision regarding the applicability of the word "development" and its effect on residential parking and planting rules. The proposal also fills the gaps in the existing regulations by establishing curb cut rules in districts where none exist. The text amendment includes revisions primarily to the following ZR Sections: 23-451, 25-621, 23-44, 25-633, 25-631, 36-532, 28-50, 13-551, 13-553, 25-211, 25-64. The text amendment will generally apply to all residential districts in the city, in all of its 59 community districts, Manhattan 1-12; Bronx 1-12; Brooklyn 1-18; Queens 1-14; Staten Island 1-3, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 42 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 118-02 Queens Boulevard 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 zoning map amendment to change existing C4-2, C4-4, and R6 zoning districts to a C4-4D zoning district. Under the proposed zoning, regulations governing maximum commercial floor area ratio (FAR) would remain the same, but would result in an increase in the maximum residential FAR across the full rezoning area and increase community facility maximums on properties currently zoned C4-2 and R6. The proposed action would allow for mixed-used residential and commercial buildings, application of commercial uses to the entire rezoning area, and provide for future residential development at higher densities that are consistent with the existing built context along Queens Boulevard. The proposed action would facilitate development of two 12 story buildings with a total of 191 residential units (or a net increase of 147 units), 12,370 square feet of ground floor retail space, and an accessory garage with 46 parking spaces. The project is located in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Queens Community District 6, New York at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike, the proposed rezoning area is an entire block bounded by Queens Boulevard, Union Turnpike, 78th Avenue, and Kew Forest Lane.

The conditions are: A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (Phase II) is to be conducted of the proposed development site at 118-02 Queens Boulevard in accordance with an approved sampling protocol plus conduct a building hazardous material survey of lead-based paint, PCBs, and asbestos in areas where construction, demolition, and/or renovation would occur on the subject property. Further, if warranted by the Phase II, any necessary site remediation would be conducted in accordance with an approved Remedial Action Plan.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 42 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.



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