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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/06/2010

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Locust East 140th Street, LP, for a site known as the 295 Locust Avenue Distribution Center Reestablishment Site, site ID #C203053. This site is located in the Borough of the Bronx, City of New York, within the County of Bronx, and is located at 275-297 Locust Avenue, 881 East 139th Street, 880-908 East 140th Street, 900-902 East 141st Street, and 901-903 East 140th Street. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than November 5, 2010. Information regarding the site, the application, and how to submit comments can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/60058.html or by contacting: Randy Whitcher, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau C, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7014, E-mail: rjwhitch@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commision, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Key Terms Clarification Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP), for a city-wide text amendment to clarify and preserve the intent of the zoning regulations in relation to the terms "development" and "building," as they are defined in the Zoning Resolution. NYC DCP has examined each section of the Zoning Resolution which uses the terms "development" or "building" and has concluded that in order to clarify the meaning of the regulations consistent with their intent, it is necessary to amend these definitions. In the course of reviewing the Zoning Resolution for this purpose, they also identified a limited number of other changes which it believes are desirable and has therefore included as part of the text amendment.

The proposed amendments to the Zoning Resolution text can be characterized as falling into one of four separate categories (1) Technical wording changes to the zoning regulations; (2) Clarifications to ambiguously worded zoning regulations which conform the text to current interpretations by the New York City Department of Buildings which the Department believes are consistent with the original intent of the City Planning Commission; (3) Clarifications to ambiguously drafted zoning regulations which are designed to ensure that the Zoning Resolution will be applied consistently with the original intent of the New York City Planning Commission; and (4) Other changes. The project is located city wide in the boroughs of Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planning Commission, 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 North Tribeca Rezoning Environmental Assesment Statement will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposed rezoning to allow for the conversion of existing buildings to residential use and allow for new residential development with bulk controls that reflect the existing character and scale in the existing Special Tribeca Mixed Use (TMU) District. Portions of the proposed rezoning area are located within the boundaries of the New York City Landmarks Preservation District (NYC LPC) Tribeca North, Tribeca East, and Tribeca West Historic Districts. The proposed rezoning area is also eligible for listing in the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

In addition, a series of proposed zoning text amendments would: (1) limit the size of ground floor retail establishments in the proposed rezoning area; (2) restrict the consolidation of ground floor spaces in separate buildings for Use Group 3, 4, 5, and 6 along certain street frontages in the rezoning area; (3) permit hotels with more than 100 rooms in the rezoning area only by a NYC CPC special permit; (4) modify existing regulations on loft dwelling requirements and remove restrictions on dwelling use in enlargements; and (5) eliminate any special permit, authorization, or minor modification which involves the ability to convert from manufacturing use to loft dwelling use, as residences would be allowed as-of-right under the proposed zoning.

The area to be rezoned is part of the Special TMU District, which is divided into 6 subareas, including Areas A1, A2, A3, A4, B1, and B2. The rezoning area includes Areas B1 and B2, which are currently M1-5 districts, and Area A4, which is currently zoned C6-3A and C6-2A. The proposed zoning changes would eliminate subareas B1 and B2, and establish new subareas A5, A6, and A7. Under the proposed zoning these subareas would be zoned C6-2A, which is a contextual zoning district that would establish bulk controls, including limiting building heights and floor area ratios (FARs) to conform to existing surrounding conditions. The Proposed Action would also apply the Inclusionary Housing program to the proposed C6-2A district in Area A6.

The proposed rezoning would allow for the conversion of existing buildings to residential use and allow for new residential development with bulk controls that reflect the existing character and scale in the existing Special Tribeca Mixed Use (TMU) District. As part of the proposed rezoning an (E) designation would be mapped on selected development sites to preclude the potential for significant adverse hazardous materials, air quality and noise impacts.

The project is located in a 25 block rezoning area in the northern section of the Tribeca neighborhood, bounded by Canal Street to the north, West Street to the west, Broadway on the east, and a southern boundary edge of Walker Street, North Moore Street, Beach Street and Hubert Street in Manhattan, Community District 1, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planning Commission, 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 1182 Broadway will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by Mocal Enterprises, Inc., for a Special Permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711 to modify the use provisions of Section 42-133(a) to allow residential use in an M1-6 zoning district.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to allow floors 6 through 16 plus penthouse to be used for approximately 51,682 square foot of residential use (44 dwelling units). The building's first through fifth floors will be occupied by as-of-right commercial uses. The ground floor would have approximately 3,271 square foot of restaurant or retail space and a lobby and service corridor for the commercial and residential uses above. The subject property is currently vacant except for office space on floors 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16 and the penthouse, totaling approximately 8,000 square feet. The existing commercial uses on these floors will be replaced by the residential use as part of the proposed action.

The project is located in an existing building located at 1182 Broadway at the intersection of Broadway and West 28th Street in the Madison Square North Historic District in Manhattan, Community District 5, New York.

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


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Webster Avenue Rezoning. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held at a later date. A hard copy of the Draft EIS and the Final Scope of Work are available at the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 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 EIS is available at the following publically accessible web site: www.nyc.gov/planning.

The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) for zoning map and zoning text amendments affecting Webster Avenue and the Bedford Park and Norwood neighborhoods in Bronx Community Districts 7 and 12. The rezoning falls marginally within Community District 12 by inclusion of two lots in this district located in the northeast corner of the rezoning area. The areas affected by the proposed action include all or portions of 80 blocks, generally bound by East Gun Hill Road to the north, East Fordham Road to the south, the Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line to the east, and Valentine and Rochambeau Avenues to the west.

The actions proposed by NYC DCP for the Webster Avenue rezoning are subject to CEQR and require New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) and New York City Council approvals through the City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). 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 and 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, and 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 action is intended to shape Webster Avenue into a vibrant, inviting, and walkable residential and commercial corridor. For the neighborhood rezonings to the west, the proposed action is intended to preserve low density development in the residential areas of Bedford Park and Norwood, and to shift new development from the neighborhoods to Webster Avenue. Through height limits and contextual requirements of the proposed zoning, development incentives would be removed from the lower density neighborhoods and shifted to higher-density areas such as Webster Avenue.

DCP 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 bound by East Gun Hill Road to the north, East Fordham Road to the south, the Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line to the east, and Valentine and Rochambeau Avenues to the west.

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


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