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ENB - Region 2 Notices 03/03/2010

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Kings County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 72-25 Woodhaven Boulevard 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 Special Permit pursuant to Section 74-922 of the Zoning Resolution (ZR). The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant, Woodhaven Realty LLC, to develop a commercial establishment over 10,000 square feet. The project is located at 72-25 Woodhaven Boulevard in Community District 6, Queens, New York.

The conditions are: The applicant agrees via a restrictive declaration to prepare hazardous materials sampling protocols, including health and safety plans, which would be submitted to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) for approval. The applicant agrees to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocols and, if any such impact is found, submit hazardous material remediation plans including health and safety plans to NYC DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plans.

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

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping Change in Scoping Meeting

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 April 5, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Wagner College, Spiro Hall, 631 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. 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, NY 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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