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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/27/2010

Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The New York State Division of Lottery, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Development and Operation of a Video Lottery Facility at Aqueduct Racetrack will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York State Division of the Lottery to install approximately 4,500 ± video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the existing Aqueduct Racetrack. To support the project, the New York Lottery proposes the following site modifications, which will be coordinated by Genting New York, LLC:

• Interior and exterior renovations of the existing Grandstand and Clubhouse building to accommodate the VLTs and the food and beverage program supporting a VLT gaming facility.
• Construction of a new building entrance (Porte-Cochere).
• Construction of an eight-story, 2,858 ± vehicle parking garage and repaving of existing surface parking.
• Construction of a pedestrian bridge to connect the facility to an existing transit station.
• Utility Connections (i.e., service connections, upgrades).
• Improvements to existing on and off-site roadways consisting of on-site circulation improvements, removal of entrance booths on Rockaway Boulevard, and off-site signalization changes.
• Construction of a 6,000 ± square foot electrical service building (transformer enclosure and related switchgear).
• Modifications to the existing storm water management system.

The project is located at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard in Jamaica, Borough of Queens, New York.

Contact: Carolyn D. Dunderdale, New York State Office of General Services (agent for New York State Division of Lottery), 34th Floor Corning Tower, G.N.A.R.E.S.P., Albany, NY 12242, Phone: (518) 474-5100, E-mail: carolyn.dunderdale@ogs.state.ny.us.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The Office of the Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Kings Theatre 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 by the contact person listed below until 5:00 p.m. December 3, 2010. A public scoping session will be held on November 16, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Flatbush branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York. A copy of the Environmental Assessment Sheet (EAS), Positive Declaration, and Draft Scope of Work for the project may be obtained by any member of the public from:

Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination
253 Broadway - 14th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 788-9956

A copy of these documents may also be downloaded from: www.nyc.gov/oec and www.nycedc.com.

The action involves the restoration and expansion of the currently vacant Kings Theatre. The existing theatre was designed by C.W. and George Rapp Architects and originally built in 1929 as a motion picture venue with a seating capacity of approximately 3,600. The theatre has been closed since 1977 and has fallen into disrepair. The theatre's principal public entrance and exit is on Flatbush Avenue. The theatre rises to a height of approximately 87 feet. As part of the project, a portion of East 22nd Street between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place would be demapped to accommodate an expansion of the theatre's stagehouse and loading areas.

The existing theatre would be restored, expanded, and modernized, with the majority of the expansion to occur in the theatre's stagehouse and back-of-house facilities so that live theatrical presentations can be accommodated. The renovation and expansion would result in an increase in the total square footage from 66,230 square feet to approximately 101,970 square feet; the seating capacity would remain similar to the existing theatre with up to approximately 3,600 seats. The theatre's front-of-house facilities (e.g., lobbies and patron lounges) and auditorium would be retained, restored, and modernized. The rear of the theatre, the stagehouse, would be demolished (to the proscenium), and a new 97 foot-high steel structure would be constructed, providing a stage with the capacity to accommodate live performances, back-of-house support areas (e.g., dressing rooms, audio and lighting rooms), and new loading facilities. The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2014.

The project requires approval from the New York City Planning Commission to modify a previously approved Amendment to the City Map to allow the demapping of a portion of East 22nd Street between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place, nomination of the Kings Theatre to the State and National Registers (S/NR) of Historic Places, approval by the Mayor and Borough Board pursuant to Section 384(b)(4) of the City Charter and approval by the City's Office of Management and Budget for the grant of approximately $50 million as is required in capital funds for the restoration of the theatre.

The project is located at 1027 Flatbush Avenue in the Borough of Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Rob Holbrook, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 618-3706, E-mail: rholbrook@nycedc.com.

Notice of Acceptance of Final SEIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Riverside Center. A hard copy of the Final SEIS is available 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 Robert Kulikowski, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956. The online version of the Final SEIS is available at 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 a proposal by the applicants CRP/Extell Parcel L, LP and CRP/Extell Parcel N, LP for the modifications to the southernmost portion of the previously approved Riverside South project to develop Riverside Center (the Proposed Project), 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.

Subsequent to the issuance of the Draft SEIS the project sponsor filed an amended application for a text amendment and amendment to a special permit with New York City Department of City Planning that would apply the City's Inclusionary Housing Program to the project site.

The project is located in the Lincoln Square area of Manhattan Community District 7, New York and is bounded by West End Avenue, the alignment of Riverside Boulevard, and West 59th and West 61st Streets.

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

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