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ENB - Region 2 Notices 05/12/2010

Notice of Completed Application

New York State Public Service Commission

Project Title: New York State Public Service Commission - Case 08-T-0034 - Application of Hudson Transmission Partners, LLC for a Section 401 Water Quality Certification related to an Application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need.

Brief Project Description: The applicant proposes to construct and operate a submerged fluid-filled electric transmission cable across the Hudson River to connect an existing substation in Ridgefield, New Jersey to the West 49th Street Substation in Manhattan owned by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Project Location: Hudson Transmission Partners, LLC (HTP) proposes to construct and operate a new High Voltage electric transmission facility linking the electric transmission system in New Jersey with the New York system. A new 345 kV AC electric transmission cable will be located within the bed and banks of the Hudson River between locations in Edgewater, New Jersey and the vicinity of Piers 92 and 94 at West 52nd Street and 12th Avenue, Manhattan. The cable will be installed via horizontal directional drilling at the landfall locations, and will be installed via jet-plow submersion technology in the Hudson River bed. Measures for minimizing water quality impacts and meeting New York State water quality standards have been identified.

This project is a Type II action exempt from review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act [6 NYCRR 617.5 (b) (35)], and is subject to certification by the New York State Public Service Commission under Public Service Law Article VII.

Copies of the Article VII application are available at the following locations:

New York Public Library
History & Social Sciences
127 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022

Mid-Manhattan Library
Department, 5th Floor
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

The online version of the Article VII application is available at the following publicly accessible web site: http://documents.dps.state.ny.us/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=08-t-0034

Comments may be submitted to:

Honorable Jaclyn A. Brilling, Secretary
New York State Public Service Commission
#3 Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12223-1350
Re: Case 08-T-0034

Email: secretary@dps.state.ny.us

Contact for further information:

Andrew C, Davis
New York State Department of Public Service
Phone: (518) 486-2853
E-mail: Andrew_davis@dps.state.ny.us

The deadline for submitting comments is June 11, 2010.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 15 Penn Plaza. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on May 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Spector Hall, New York City, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until June 7, 2010. Copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Final Scope of Work for the proposed 15 Penn Plaza may be obtained from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Robert Dobruskin, Phone:(212) 720-3423; or from the Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10007, Robert Kulikowski, Phone: (212) 788-2937; and on the New York City Department of City Planning's website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The action involves a proposal by the applicants, 401 Commercial LP and 401 Hotel REIT LLC, to redevelop the current site of the Hotel Pennsylvania with a new commercial office building - a redevelopment project known as 15 Penn Plaza. To provide the applicants with the flexibility to respond to market conditions, two options are proposed - a Single-Tenant Office Scenario and a Multi-Tenant Office Scenario. Both scenarios would consist of a new commercial office tower located above a podium base suitable for trading uses and new below-grade mass transit improvements. The Multi-Tenant Office Scenario would also accommodate retail uses in the podium base.

In order to develop this proposed project (either scenario), certain discretionary approvals are required from the New York City Planning Commission (NYC CPC). These actions include a zoning map amendment from C6-4.5 to C6-6, zoning text amendments modifying height and setback regulations and special permits.

The project is located in the block bounded by Seventh Avenue on the west, West 32nd on the south, West 33rd Street on the north and Sixth Avenue on the east in the borough of Manhattan, New York.

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

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