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ENB - Region 2 Notices 06/02/2010

Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Third Avenue / East Tremont Avenue Rezoning Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by the New York City Department of City Planning for a zoning text and map amendment. The map amendment would change the area's underlying zoning from R7-1, M1-4, C8-3, and C4-4 with C1-4 and C2-4 commercial overlays (mapped on some R7-1-zoned blocks) to C4-5X, C4-4A, C4-4D, MX (M1-4/ R7A), MX (M1-4/ R7X), R7X/ C1-4, R7-1/ C1-4, R7-1/ C2-4, R5 and R6A. The rezoning would include additional mid-density commercial and mixed-use districts, incorporate inclusionary housing, replace some automotive-related commercial districts with mixed-use districts, and establish contextual districts requiring new construction (to be built at or near the street line) with limits on maximum building base height and overall building height. The project includes all or portions of 62 blocks within the East Tremont neighborhood in Bronx, Community District 6, New York. The area is generally bounded by Fordham Plaza on the north, extending down Third Avenue to 175th Street on the south, the area south of Fordham Plaza between Washington Avenue and Third Avenue, and the east-west corridor along East Tremont Avenue extending from Daly Avenue on the east to Webster Avenue on the west.

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


Kings County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 401 Washington Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning for a zoning map amendment and zoning text amendment for eight blocks located in an area adjacent to the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 3, New York. This zoning map change would affect the blocks bounded by East 13th Street, Third Avenue, East 9th Street and Fourth Avenue, as well as the block fronts along the east side of Third Avenue between East 13th Street and East 9th Street.

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 (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Special 125th Street District Sidewalk Cafes 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 zoning text amendment affecting the regulations governing the location of the various types of sidewalk cafes within the Special 125th Street District. The proposed text amendment would prohibit enclosed and unenclosed sidewalk cafes entirely throughout the Special 125th Street District; prohibit all sidewalk cafes within areas of the District with high pedestrian traffic; and allow small sidewalk cafes on a limited number of locations where they are appropriate. The proposed text amendment would apply to the sidewalk cafe regulations within the Special 125th Street District. The project would affect 24 blocks within an area generally bounded by 124th Street to the South, 126th Street to the North, Broadway to the West and Second Avenue to the East in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, Community Districts 9, 10 and 11,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.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commision, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Auburndale-Oakland Gardens-Hollis Hills Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by the New York City Department of City Planning for an amendment of the Zoning Map to rezone approximately 2,200 acres (on 418 blocks) of the northeast Queens neighborhoods of Auburndale, Oakland Gardens and Hollis Hills. The rezoning area is divided into two distinct sub-areas. The Auburndale Sub-Area is generally bounded by Station Road to the north, the Long Island Expressway to the south, 156th Street to the west and the Clearview Expressway to the East. The Oakland Gardens - Hollis Hills Sub-Area is generally bound by the Long Island Expressway to the north, the Clearview Expressway to the West, Alley Pond Park to the East and the Grand Central Parkway to the south. The project area is currently developed with lower density residential and light commercial uses. The proposed amendment is intended to protect and reinforce the area's predominantly lower density, one- and two- family character and ensure that future residential development reflects the context of surrounding neighborhood portions.

The proposed zoning map amendment would consist of three components: first, to rezone 413 blocks from R1-2, R2, R3-1, R3-2, R4 and R5 to lower-density or contextual zoning districts R1-2A, R2A, R3-1, R3X, R4, R4-1 and R4B; second, to rezone 5 blocks and 5 partial blocks from R3-2, R3-2/C1-2 , R4, and R4/C1-2 to R5D and R5D/C1-2 districts to control the scale of future residential and mixed-use development; and third, to rezone existing C1-2 and C2-2 commercial overlay districts to C1-2 and C1-3, limit depths of commercial overlays, and eliminate certain C1-2 overlay districts where residential uses exist.

The proposed action is intended to ensure that the configuration and density of new housing development is consistent with the area's existing patterns of development. The only areas projected for additional development under the action are the areas where the rezoning is changing from R4 to R5D and from R3-2/C1-2 to R5D/C1-2, along Union Turnpike and Springfield Boulevard and along Bell Boulevard and 73 Avenue.

There are three projected, and five potential development sites. In total, the rezoning in the Oakland Gardens-Hollis Hills Sub-Area could result in a net increase of 163,780 square feet of residential space (116 dwelling units) and a net decrease of 3,807 square feet of commercial space. The analysis year for the proposed action is 2020.

The project is located in the northeast Queens neighborhoods of Auburndale, Oakland Gardens and Hollis Hills. The rezoning area is divided into two distinct sub-areas. The Auburndale Sub-Area is generally bounded by Station Road to the north, the Long Island Expressway to the south, 156th Street to the west and the Clearview Expressway to the East. The Oakland Gardens - Hollis Hills Sub-Area is generally bound by the Long Island Expressway to the north, the Clearview Expressway to the West, Alley Pond Park to the East and the Grand Central Parkway to the south. The rezoning area is located within Queens Community Districts 7, 8, and 11, 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.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft SEIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Riverside Center. A hard copy of the Draft SEIS is available at the following locations: NYC Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, Robert Dobruskin, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, New York 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423; or Office of Environmental Coordination, Robert Kulikowski, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956. The online version of the Draft SEIS is available at the following publically accessible on the NYC Department of City Planning's website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The action involves a proposal by CRP/Extell Parcel L, LP and CRP/Extell Parcel N, LP to modify the southernmost portion of the previously approved Riverside South project to develop Riverside Center, a complex of five mixed-use buildings that would include residential (including market-rate and affordable housing), commercial (including hotel, retail, office, cinema, and automotive showroom and service uses), a public elementary and intermediate school, public parking, and approximately 2.75 acres of privately owned, publicly accessible open space. The expected year of completion of the Proposed Project is 2018. The project sponsor is applying to the New York City Planning Commission for discretionary actions that would allow implementation of the proposed project for the project site; these actions are different from what was analyzed in the Riverside South 1992 Final EIS. The discretionary actions needed for the proposed modifications include: a modification to the previously approved "general large-scale development" (GLSD) special permit and restrictive declaration to reflect the current proposal; amendments to the text of the Zoning Resolution; a new special permit relating to court, distance between buildings, and height and setback regulations, a new special permit to allow automobile sales and service uses on the project site; a new special permit to allow development within a railroad or transit right-of-way; six new special permits associated with a public parking garage(s); an authorization to allow a curb cut; and certifications to permit curb cuts and to modify certain Streetscape regulations of the Zoning Resolution. In addition to the above city actions, the project sponsor is discussing with Con Edison modifications to the Con Edison 59th Street Station, located south of the project site, to address air quality issues. Such modifications would be subject to approval by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The project is located in the Lincoln Square area of Manhattan Community District 7, New York and is bounded by West End Avenue, the alignment of Riverside Boulevard, and West 59th and West 61st Streets.

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



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