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ENB - Region 2 Notices 02/03/2010

Public Notice

Meeting Notice

The City of New York Department of Sanitation Announces Annual Consent Order Meeting Regarding Fresh Kills Landfill

The City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will hold its annual public meeting regarding the Fresh Kills Landfill on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Staten Island Borough Hall, first floor conference room (Room 122), located at 10 Richmond Terrace in Staten Island, NY 10301. Please use the Stuyvesant Place entrance.

The meeting will provide information on the following:

• Fresh Kills Landfill Consent Order Milestones

• An overview of landfill closure and post-closure plans

Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak, and representatives of DSNY will be available to answer questions.

Contact: Phillip Gleason, DSNY, 44 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004, Phone: (917) 237-5870.


Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed City University of New York School of Law Relocation Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Dormitory Authority's authorization of the expenditure of tax-exempt bond proceeds from the State of New York Personal Income Tax (PIT) Revenue Bond Program for the Proposed Project as part of The City University of New York (CUNY) Program. The proceeds of the tax-exempt bond issuance would be used to finance the proposed project, which would consist of the acquisition of approximately 260,000 gross square feet of condominium interests in an existing office building including a portion of the ground floor and the entire second through sixth floors of the building and the renovation of approximately 50,000 gross square feet of this space.

Since the building was originally designed and built as a training facility for Citigroup, much of the interior space is already outfitted for instructional use, such as an auditorium, classrooms, and offices. CUNY would purchase and renovate the property for the purposes of relocating CUNY's Law School from its current location on CUNY's Queens College Campus in Flushing, Queens County, New York. The proposed project would replace current uses within the building with a mix of academic uses, including instructional space, student/social common areas, administrative/ support space, a library, a kitchen, and a dining area. The proposed project would also include a private day-care facility for use by faculty, staff, and students. The remaining uses in the existing building would remain unchanged. The space vacated by the CUNY Law School in Flushing, Queens, would be reused by Queens College for academic purposes. The project is located at 2 Court Square in Long Island City, New York.

Contact: Sara E. Stein, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Office of Environmental Affairs, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, NY 10019, Phone: (212)273-5092, E-mail: sstein@dasny.org.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Astoria Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) proposes to rezone approximately 890 acres of land currently zoned R4, R5, R6, and R6B to R4, R4B, R4-1, R5, R5B, R5D, R6A, R6B, R7A, C4-3, C4-2A, and C4-4A to reinforce established development patterns and to update commercial overlay districts in the rezoning area by reducing overlay depth or eliminating overlays where only residential uses exist and creating new C1-3, C2-3, and C1-4 districts to reflect existing commercial use patterns. This action would result in a modest increase in residential and commercial density. In addition, the proposed action would revise Section 23-144 of the NYC Zoning Resolution to make the Inclusionary Housing Program applicable in R7A Districts proposed to be mapped on 21st Street between 28th Avenue and Broadway and on Vernon Boulevard between Welling Court and 31st Drive and in a C4-4A district proposed to be mapped on block fronts at the intersection of Newtown Avenue and 31st Street. The project is located in the Astoria area of Queens Community District 1, New York and is bounded by 20th Avenue on the north, Steinway Street on the east, Broadway on the south, and Vernon Boulevard, 8th Street, 14th Street, and the East River on the west, and it encompasses 177 full and 61 partial blocks (for a total of 8,563 lots).

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 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 134-03 35th Street (aka New Millenium/Prince Street) 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 an existing M1-1 zoning district to a R6 zoning district with a C2-2 commercial overlay on a portion of tax block. The proposed rezoning action would allow mixed use buildings at a maximum FAR of 4.80. Building heights for R6 zoning districts are governed by the sky exposure plane; however, as this location is along the flight path for the LaGuardia Airport, buildings would be limited to no more than 115 feet in height. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to redevelop a 43,146 square foot property as a 11 story mixed use building with a total floor area of 125,570 square foot (2.91 FAR) that contains 100 residential dwelling units, 17,640 square feet of commercial space, and community facility space of 20,150 square feet that includes a community center (14,000 square feet). The proposed project would also provide 189 subsurface and surface parking spaces. The proposed rezoning area in the Downtown Flushing neighborhood in Queens Community District 7, New York, north of Northern Boulevard and east of College Point Boulevard, on the north side 35th Avenue between Prince and Farrington Streets.

The conditions are: In summary, conditions include: Two conditions: 1) a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (Phase II) is to be conducted for the applicant's development site at 134-03 35th Street 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; and, 2) to conduct archaeological identification, investigation and mitigation in accordance with the CEQR Technical Manual and New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Guidelines for Archaeological Work in New York City.

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


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Park East/West Farms Rezoning and Related Actions may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on March 4, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at the Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, 1021 Jennings Street, Bronx, New York 10460; meeting will be held in the school cafeteria and participants are asked to enter the building from the entrance on West Farms Road. A hard copy of the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS)/Draft Scope of Work (DSOW) is available at the following locations: Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007; or the New York City Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007. The online version of the EAS/DSOW is available at the following publically accessible web site: New York City Department of City Planning's website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/scope.shtml.

The action involves a zoning map and zoning text amendments as well as special permits for a general large-scale development (GLSD) project. The area is currently zoned primarily M1-1 along with a small area of R7-1 with selected C2-4 commercial overlays north of the Cross Bronx Expressway. The proposed actions would rezone the area to R6A, R7A, R7X, and R8X residential zoning districts with selected C2-4 commercial overlays. The proposed zoning text amendments would establish the Inclusionary Housing program within the proposed rezoning area and grant the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) the authority to permit enclosed accessory parking to be located anywhere within a GLSD in Bronx CD 3 without regard to lot coverage requirements. The applicant is also requesting special permits from the NYCPC under Section 74-74 of the New York City Zoning Resolution applicable to their proposed GLSD. The proposed actions would facilitate the redevelopment of six sites under the control of the applicant (of which three would be governed by the controls of the proposed GLSD) and 28 sites not under the control of the applicant but located within the proposed rezoning area.

In addition to the above NYCPC approvals, the applicant also anticipates applying for funding from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and New York City Housing Development Corporation.

The proposed rezoning area encompasses 11 blocks in the Crotona Park East / West Farms neighborhoods within Bronx CD 3 and 6, New York, that lie along the strip of land midway between Longfellow and Boone Avenue on the west to West Farms Road on the east, between Freeman Street on the south, and Boston Post Road on the north.

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


New York County (Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Small Business Services, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York Container Terminal Expansion Berth 4 may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on March 11, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at the Port Ivory Administration Building Auditorium, 40 Western Avenue, Staten Island. Copies of the EAS and Scoping Document for the project may be obtained by any member of the public from:

Meenakshi Varandani
New York City Economic Development Corporation
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 312-3861
Fax: (212) 312-3989

Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination
253 Broadway, 14th floor
New York, New York 10007

Copies of the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) and Scoping Document may also be referenced by any member of the public at the Port Richmond Library located at 75 Bennett Street, Staten Island, NY 10302. The EAS and Scoping Document may also be downloaded online from: www.nycedc.com/berth4.

The action involves a set of actions which are related to the development of a new 50 foot deep container ship berth (Berth 4) by New York Container Terminal, Inc. (NYCT) to be sited on a 39 acre vacant parcel. The 39 acre berth and associated marine container terminal would be developed primarily on a portion of the former Port Ivory site, a previously utilized marine-related site and partial brownfield which is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The Berth 4 site also includes a portion of one City-owned lot adjacent to Bridge Creek and two small parcels located on the southeast corner of the 39 acre site. One parcel is owned by New York City and the other by NYCT.

In addition to the Berth 4 parcel, the project site also encompasses segments of Richmond Terrace, Catherine Street and Western Avenue that are to be mapped or demapped, and the area bounded by Richmond Terrace on the north, Mariners Marsh Park on the east and the NYCT Intermodal Rail Yard on the west. The project site is served by two local roadways and the Staten Island Railroad. Approximately 16.38 acres of tidal wetlands will require filling or dredging to construct Berth 4. The site contains a capped landfill and portions are currently used by NYCT for truck chassis and empty container storage space. The proposed project site totals approximately 71 acres.

The project is located in the northwest corner of Staten Island, New York, and is generally bordered by the Arthur Kill, Bridge Creek, Arlington Marsh and Richmond Terrace and also encompasses segments of Richmond Terrace, Catherine Street and Western Avenue.

Contact: Meenakshi Varandani, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3861, E-mail: mvarandani@nycedc.com.





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