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ENB - Region 2 Notices 09/01/2010

Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Coney Island Steeplechase Plaza will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves coordination between the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation to construct a new Steeplechase Plaza to include plaza areas connecting to the Boardwalk, a planted area with seating called "Luna Forest," and a pavilion containing the restored B&B Carousell and a café with outdoor seating. The main plaza and pavilion areas would be at the level of the Boardwalk and the open space would lower in grade through a combination of gently sloped ground surface, steps, and ramps to meet the elevation of the mapped public access corridors along the site's east and west frontages. The Luna Forest portion of the open space would be located adjacent to KeySpan Park, below the level of the main plaza, and would consist of stadium seating steps, benches, and tree coverage. The main portion of the carousel pavilion would be a round structure, 32 feet tall to the top of a cupola, with a one-story wing along the north and west frontage. The wing would contain the café, restrooms, and a function room and would have a green roof. The area beneath the Parachute Jump would become a gateway to the new Steeplechase Plaza but the project does not include making the long-dormant Parachute Jump operational. A water feature and signage would be located near the Boardwalk between the Parachute Jump and the B&B Carousell.

The new Steeplechase Plaza would enhance the setting of the historic Parachute Jump structure and would create connections from the Boardwalk to anticipated future development. Parts One and Two of the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) were issued on May 11, 2010 with a revised transportation chapter distribution on July 27, 2010. Comments received from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, New York City Department of Environmental Protection and New York City Department of Transportation were considered and did not result in any changes to the analyses presented in the EAS. Pursuant to Section 5.05 of the Rules and Procedures for the City Environmental Quality Review and Title 617.7 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulation, NYC DPR has determined that the proposed action will not have a significant impact on the environment. The project is bounded by Keyspan Park to the north, Riegelmann Boardwalk to the south, West 16 Street to the east and Parachute Way to the west in the Borough of Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Joshua Laird, NYC DPR, 830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 360-3415, E-mail: Joshua.Laird@parks.nyc.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft SEIS and Public Hearing

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 public hearing on the Draft SEIS will be held on September 15, 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 SEIS will be accepted until September 27, 2010. A hard copy of the Draft SEIS is available at the following locations: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, New York 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423; or Robert Kulikowski, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956. The online version of the Draft SEIS is available at 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 the project sponsor CRP/Extell Parcel L, LP and CRP/Extell Parcel N, LP for modifications to 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 (NYS DEC). Since the issuance of the Draft SEIS, the project sponsor has proposed additional actions that would apply the Inclusionary Housing Program to the Proposed Project. The project is located in the Lincoln Square area of Manhattan Community District 7 and is bounded by West End Avenue, the alignment of Riverside Boulevard, and West 59th and West 61st Streets 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.

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