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ENB - Region 2 Notices 07/21/2010

Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Soundview Park Reconstruction will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to improve the existing recreational facilities at Soundview Park by the renovation of existing facilities and the construction of new facilities, fields, walkways, and bike paths. The proposed improvements would preserve and enhance the park's existing natural systems, including selective habitat restoration and rain garden and strengthen its physical connections both within the park and to the adjacent neighborhood. In addition to the reconstruction of a number of amenities in northern portion of the park which would include a reconstructed running track with synthetic turf and bleachers, a new multi-purpose field, three reconstructed baseball fields, a reconstructed play area, four refurbished handball courts, and three reconstructed basketball courts. In addition, the proposed project would include improved connections to and the construction of new and upgraded facilities in southern portion of the park, including a new performance lawn, new sand volleyball courts, one reconstructed baseball field, two reconstructed basketball courts, and a new building to house a food concession. The project is located in the Soundview community in the borough of the Bronx, New York bounded by Lafayette Avenue, Metcalf Avenue, and Bronx River Avenue to the north and east and the Bronx River to the south and west.

Contact: Joshua Laird, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, 830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 360-3402, E-mail: Joshua.Laird@parks.nyc.gov.

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 Sugar Hill Rezoning. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on July 28, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the New York City Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22, Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until August 9, 2010. Copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Final Scope of Work for the proposed Sugar Hill Rezoning may be obtained from the New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 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 an application by Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) for a zoning map amendment from a C8-3 and R7-2 district to an R8A residential zoning district. The proposal also includes the acquisition and disposition of City-owned property, in the form of an easement exchange between the applicant, BHC, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) and the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (NYC DCAS). In connection with the City's acquisition of the proposed NYC DEP easement, NYC DEP will request a Mayoral zoning override to permit NYC DEP vehicle parking, storage and emergency staging uses on the proposed NYC DEP easement area. Additionally, discretionary financing will be sought by BHC from New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (NYS OTDA).

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by BHC to construct an approximately 169,333 square foot 13 story mixed-use building on a property. The proposed development would include 124 affordable units for individuals earning up to 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI); an approximately 18,036 square foot Faith Ringgold Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling; a 12,196 square foot day care and early childhood center; 2,350 square feet of non-profit program and office space for BHC; and a 114-space below-grade accessory parking garage, which would be demolished to allow construction of the proposed development. The project is located on the northern portion of the block bounded by West 155th Street to the north, St. Nicholas Avenue to the west, St. Nicholas Place to the east, and West 153rd Street to the south in the Hamilton Heights section of the West Harlem neighborhood in Manhattan, Community District 9, new York.

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

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