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ENB - Region 2 Notices 09/15/2010

Public Notice

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP)

Joint Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period

Applicant and SEQR Lead Agency:
New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373 (NYS DEC Application #0-9999-00051/00001/ NYC DEP CEQR No: 10DEP046U)

Title of Action: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Water Supply Permit Application Decision
New York City Department of Environmental Protection: Continued funding and implementation of the New York City Watershed Land Acquisition Program

Public Notice and Public Comment: A notice of public hearing was published on June 23, 2010 in NYS DEC's Environmental Notice Bulletin, the City Record, and in local newspapers located within the New York City Watershed. The notice provided for written comments to be submitted by the public by July 30, 2010. In July 2010, the public comment period was extended to September 15, 2010. That time period is now being extended to October 22, 2010. All other public comments procedures remain the same. Public hearings were held at 6:00 p.m. at the following locations and dates: (1) Monday, July 12, 2010 at SUNY Delhi, Evenden Tower, Room 104, 2 Main Street, Delhi, NY 13753; (2) Tuesday, July 13, 6:00 p.m. at Hunter Elementary School, 7794 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442; (3) Wednesday, July 14, 6:00 p.m. at Tri Valley High School, 34 Moore Hill Road, Grahamsville, NY 12740.

Written Comments: All comments must be filed with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Division of Environmental Permits, Region 4 Stamford Sub Office, 65561 State Highway 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Attention: Martha A. Wood. All written comments must be submitted (postmarked) by no later than October 22, 2010. Comments may also be submitted in electronic form to: dep.r4@dec.ny.gov.

For further information, please contact: Martha A. Wood, NYS DEC - Region 4 Stamford Sub Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 65561 State Highway 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Phone: (607) 652-7741, E-mail: mawood@gw.dec.state.ny.us or Sangamithra Iyer, NYC DEP - Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373-5108, Phone: (718) 595-3585, E-mail: siyer@dep.nyc.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Sugar Hill Rezoning. Copies of the Final EIS for the proposed Sugar Hill Rezoning may be obtained from Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423; 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 the applicant, Broadway Housing Communities (BHC), is seeking a set of actions intended to facilitate the redevelopment of a site in the Hamilton Heights North neighborhood of West Harlem. The requested actions include: (1) a zoning map change from C8-3 and R7-2 to a R8A residential zoning district; (2) acquisition/disposition of City-owned property, in the form of an exchange of easements between the applicant and the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (NYC DCAS); (3) construction financing from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), an Involved Agency for CEQR purposes, which will likely be comprised of federal funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD); and (4) other financing from the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal (NYS DHCR), and the New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance for the residential component of the proposed development. These actions, collectively, comprise the Proposed Action. BHC is the applicant for the proposed rezoning and funding actions; applicants for acquisition/disposition action are BHC, NYC DCAS (for acquisition and disposition), and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) (for acquisition).

The Proposed Action would enable the applicant, BHC, to construct a mixed-use building on a parcel within the proposed rezoning area, consisting of one privately owned lot. The proposed development site, which currently contains a two-story plus cellar public parking garage, is an approximately 21,685 square foot lot.

The proposed development site and rezoning area are located within the State and National Register-listed (S/NR) Sugar Hill Historic District, and the existing 2 story garage building on the proposed development site has been identified as a contributing building in that district. Lot 14, which falls partially within the rezoning area, also falls within the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) designated Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Historic District.

The proposed action would facilitate construction of an approximately 169,333 gross square foot 13 story mixed-use building (140,934 square foot, excluding parking and mechanical deductions) on the proposed development site. The existing 300 space garage structure currently on the site would be demolished to allow construction of the new building. The proposed development would include:

• approximately 124 residential units, all of which would be affordable;
• an approximately 18,036 square foot Faith Ringgold Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling;
• a 12,196 square foot day care facility and early childhood center for approximately 100 children;
• 2,350 square foot of non-profit program and office space; and
• a 114 space below-grade accessory parking garage.

It is expected that construction on the proposed development site would commence in late 2010 with the demolition of the existing structure and site excavation, and the proposed development is expected to be completed by late 2012.

Absent the Proposed Action, the rezoning area would continue to be zoned C8-3 and R7-2. None of the properties within the proposed rezoning area would be expected to be redeveloped, and the existing land uses would remain. The proposed development site would continue to be occupied by a public parking garage. Therefore, for CEQR analysis purposes, the No-Action condition would be identical to the existing conditions.

The proposed development site is 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, and is comprised of Lot 21 in its entirety in Manhattan, Community District 9, 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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