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ENB - Region 2 Notices 01/13/2010

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Domino Sugar Rezoning. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held at a later date to be announced. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until 10 days after the close of the public hearing. A hard copy of the Draft EIS is available at the following locations: Attention: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423; or from Robert Kulikowski, Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10007, Phone: (212) 788-2937. The online version of the Draft EIS is available at the following publically accessible web site: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml

The action involves a request from the applicant, The Refinery LLC, for discretionary approvals in connection with the redevelopment of the former Domino Sugar site along the East River waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The approximately 11 acre project site comprises two parcels currently zoned M3-1 for heavy industrial use: a waterfront parcel and an upland parcel entirely within Brooklyn Community District 1. The proposed project would include up to 2,400 residential units, up to 127,537 gross square feet of retail/commercial space, up to 146,451 gross square feet of community facility space, and up to 98,738 gross square feet of commercial office space. The applicant currently intends to build 2,200 residential units on the project site, of which 660 would be affordable to low- and moderate-income households. It is expected that the proposed project would be completed and occupied by 2020.

The proposed project would require a number of discretionary approvals from the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC), as summarized below:

• Zoning map amendments (i) from M3-1 to R8 with a C2-4 commercial overlay for a section of the waterfront parcel; (ii) from M3-1 to C6-2 for portions of the waterfront parcel; and (iii) from M3-1 to R6 with a C2-4 commercial overlay on the upland parcel;
• Zoning text amendments to apply the Inclusionary Housing program to the project site and to modify the requirements of non-conforming signs to permit a sign on the Refinery as per the approval from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC);
• Special Permits to allow transfer of floor area development rights across Kent Avenue, and modifications to: height and setback, dimensions on an inner court recess, required distance between windows in an inner court, rear yard regulations, and distance between buildings regulations;
• A Special Permit to modify the location of use provisions;
• A Special Permit to permit, within the General Large Scale Development, the northern parking facility on the waterfront parcel to exceed the prescribed maximums for accessory parking spaces in order to accommodate the project's anticipated demand;
• Authorizations to modify certain requirements of the Waterfront Public Access Areas to permit the phased implementation of waterfront public access in coordination with phased development of the project site;
• CPC Chair certifications for compliance with waterfront public access and visual corridor requirements and to permit the subdivision of a waterfront zoning lot; and
• Coastal Zone Consistency determination (because the project site is within the Coastal Zone).

Additionally, the proposed project will require approvals of a Joint Permit Application from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (US ACE) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) for reconstruction of the existing waterfront platform and installation of a new sheet pile bulkhead. Approvals will also be required for the two proposed stormwater outfalls to be located at the end of South 2nd and South 3rd Streets. A State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit from NYS DEC will also be required for stormwater discharges during the construction period because construction on the project site involves more than one acre.

The approximately 11 acre project site comprises two parcels: a waterfront parcel and an upland parcel entirely within Brooklyn Community District 1, New York. The waterfront parcel is approximately 9.9 acres (excluding the approximately 6.2 acres of land underwater to the pierhead line) and the upland parcel is approximately 1.3 acres. The waterfront parcel is bounded on the west by the East River, on the north by Grand Street, on the east by Kent Avenue, and on the south by South 5th Street, which separates the site from the Williamsburg Bridge immediately to the south. The block on which the upland parcel is located is bounded on the west by Kent Avenue, on the north by South 3rd Street, on the east by Wythe Avenue, and on the south by South 4th Street.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Departmen tof City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: r_dobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Kings County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed West 44th Street and Eleventh Avenue Rezoning. Copies of the Final EIS 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/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. 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. In addition, the project sponsor may seek tax-exempt bonds for the residential component of the Proposed Project through the New York State Housing Finance Agency (NYS HFA) 80/20 Housing Program. The project is 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) in Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 4, New York.

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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