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ENB - Region 2 Notices 08/04/2010

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Revocable License to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the issuance of a revocable license to LCPA to permit the construction of an approximately 23,990 gross square foot addition on the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theater/New York Public Library Building (VBT/Library building). The proposed addition would include a 131 seat theater and dressing rooms, rehearsal space, and administrative office space for up to 14 staff members, as well as a rooftop terrace. The proposed expansion requires a revocable license because elevator access to the new theater will need to be routed through a portion of the research stacks of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (Library), the tenant of the City-owned portion of the facility. Completion of the rooftop addition is anticipated in early 2012. Based on a review of information about the project contained in an environmental assessment statement, which among other things, included an analysis of potential impact on community facilities, shadows, historic and cultural resources, and neighborhood character, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs has determined that the proposed action would not have a significant adverse impact on the environment. The VBT/Library building is located at the northwest corner of the Lincoln Center campus formed by the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 65th Street in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Tracey Knuckles, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 513-9327, E-mail: tknuckles@culture.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Webster Avenue Rezoning may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted from September 1, 2010 until September 10, 2010. A public scoping session will be held on September 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the New York City Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. A hard copy of the Revised Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement is available at the New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, New York 10007; or the Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10007. The online version of the Draft Scope of Work is available at the following publically accessible web site: www.nyc.gov/planning.

A Draft Scope of Work for the proposed action was issued on April 16, 2010, and a public scoping hearing on the proposed action was held on May 19, 2010. Subsequently, the proposed action was revised to rezone areas along narrow streets in Bedford Park and Norwood to R7B, instead of R7A; rezone part of one block on Marion Avenue and 195th Street to R7B instead of R5B; rezone part of one block on Hull Avenue between 204th and 205th streets and part of another block at Bainbridge and 198th Street, to R7B instead of R5A. The Draft Scope of Work and Environmental Assessment Statement have been revised to incorporate these changes, and to include updated analyses per the May 2010 edition of the CEQR Technical Manual. Furthermore, the Draft Scope of Work and Environmental Assessment Statement have been revised to indicate that a small portion of the proposed rezoning area is located in Community District 12 and that a blockfront along Webster Avenue currently zoned R8/C2-3 would be rezoned to R8/C2-4.

The New York City Department of City Planning is proposing zoning map and zoning text amendments affecting the Bedford Park and Norwood communities in the Bronx, Community Districts 7 and 12. The areas affected by the proposed action include all or portions of 80 blocks, generally bound by the Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line right-of-way to the southeast, Fordham Road and East Kingsbridge Road to the southwest, the Grand Concourse and Jerome Avenue to the northwest, and East Gun Hill Road to the northeast. Zoning mapping amendments are proposed along Webster Avenue between approximately Fordham Road and East 213th Street to permit contextual residential development and medium density commercial uses where current zoning is oriented to low-scale auto-related commercial uses.

A zoning text amendment is also proposed to establish the Inclusionary Housing program in proposed R7D and C4-5D districts within the proposed rezoning area. Neighborhood downzonings are proposed in the Bedford Park and Norwood neighborhoods to preserve the scale and context of those areas. The actions are as follows:

• Zoning map amendment to change portions of 18 blocks currently zoned C8-2, R7-1, R7-1/C1-3, and R7-1/C2-3 to R7D/C2-4, generally located along Webster Avenue, north of East 193rd Street and South of East 205th Street.
• Zoning map amendment to change a portion of one block currently zoned C8-2 to C4-5D, generally located along Webster Avenue, north of East 195th Street and south of Bedford Park Boulevard.
• Zoning map amendment to change portions of four blocks from C8-2 to C4-4 & R7B generally located along Webster Avenue, north of East 210th Street and south of East 213th Street.
• Zoning map amendment to change portions of 71 blocks from R7-1, R7-1/C1-3, R7-1/C2-3, R8, R8/C2-3, and C4-4 to contextual districts R4A, R5A, R5B, R5D/C1-4, R6B, R7B, R7B/C1-3, R7B/C2-4, R7A, R7A/C1-3, R7A/C1-4,R7A/C2-4, R8/C2-4 generally located northwest of Webster Avenue, north of Fordham Road, southeast of Valentine Avenue, east of Rochambeau Avenue, and south of East Gun Hill Road.
• Zoning text amendment to establish the Inclusionary Housing program in the R7D and C4-5D districts within the proposed rezoning area in Community District 7, the Bronx.

The proposed actions are intended to provide new opportunities for growth in an area well served by mass transit; encourage new housing production, including new affordable housing utilizing the Inclusionary Housing Program; and encourage new office and commercial space.

The New York City Department of City Planning analyzed 24 projected development sites and 25 potential development sites. It is expected the proposed actions would generate a net increase of 738 dwelling units, including 191 units of affordable housing; a net increase of 60,599 square feet of commercial; and a net increase of 7,782 square feet of community facility space. The analysis year is 2020.

The project is located in the Bedford Park and Norwood communities in the Bronx, Community Districts 7 and 12, New York. The areas affected by the proposed action include all or portions of 80 blocks, generally bounded by the Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line right-of-way to the southeast, Fordham Road and East Kingsbridge Road to the southwest, the Grand Concourse and Jerome Avenue to the northwest, and East Gun Hill Road to the northeast.

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




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