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ENB - Region 2 Notices 11/24/2010

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Howard Avenue Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, S & H Glazer Bros, Inc., who is seeking a Zoning Map amendment to change the zoning from a C8-2 zoning district to a R6/C2-4 district on the block bounded by Howard Avenue, Pitkin Avenue, Eastern Parkway, and Lincoln Place in the Ocean Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 16.

The action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a five-story building containing 23,069 square feet of residential floor area for approximately 20 residential apartment units on the second through fifth floors of the building and 7,267 square feet of ground floor local retail space. The applicant for the proposed rezoning owns lots 55 through 62, referred to as Projected Development Site 1, currently containing 10,112 square feet of land, developed with eight-two story attached buildings with 10,105 square feet of retail and office space, 5,600 square feet of warehouse space, and one residential apartment unit. The remaining area of the property proposed to be rezoned is not under control by the applicant and consists of lots 35, 39, 40-41, 44-47, 49-51, 64, 67-69, and 71-78, and is developed with 40 dwelling units, local retail and office space, a auto repair and tire sales establishment, two churches and vacant buildings. Lots 39-45, 49, 69 and 76 are vacant and undeveloped. Lots 35, 49, 50, 64, 69, and 76, referred to as Potential Development Sites A through F, may experience development in the future with the proposed action. The remaining lots, including lots 39-45 which are New York City Department of Housing and Preservation (NYC HPD) owned, are not likely to be developed.

Absent the proposed action the block would remain under its current zoning and the existing structures would not change. The proposed build year for this action is 2011. The project is located on the block bounded by Howard Avenue, Pitkin Avenue, Eastern Parkway, and Lincoln Place in the Ocean Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 16, New York.

In summary, conditions include: The applicant, S & H Glazer Bros, Inc., agrees via a restrictive declaration to prepare a hazardous materials sampling protocol including a health and safety plan, which would be submitted to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) for approval. The applicant agrees to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocol and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous material remediation plan including a health and safety plan to NYC DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plan.

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


Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Union Avenue Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Union Avenue Development Corporation, LLC to rezone the entirety of Block 1226 from an M1-1 district to an R3A district. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to redevelop a portion of the block under the applicant's control, referred to as Projected Development Site 1, with 24 one-family and 7 two-family residential structures, totaling 45 dwelling units. Additionally, the remaining area of the block proposed to be rezoned includes lots not controlled by the applicant, which are currently developed with 2 two-family and 2 one-family detached residences and Lots 13 and 14, which are part of the Staten Island Rapid Transit railroad right-of-way which borders the property to the north. The action is projected to result in the expansion of the existing residential buildings on Lot 79 by 3 dwelling units and Lot 87 by 2 dwelling units, referred to as Projected Development Site 2 and 3, respectively. Lots 74 and 78 are expected to remain in their current conditions. It is expected that the buildings would be constructed and occupied by 2011.

The rezoning area is currently developed with vacant warehouses and light industrial buildings and occupied residential buildings. All of the vacant warehouse and light industrial buildings were used in connection with a former lumber company and would be demolished to accommodate the applicant's proposed project. On the lots not owned by the applicant, the existing residential structures are either expected to remain or be slightly expanded as described above. The project is bounded by Union and Leyden Avenues, Harbor Road and the Staten Island Rapid Transit Railway right of way, in Staten Island, Community District 1, New York.

The conditions are: A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) was prepared in October 2006 for the project site. The Phase I ESA was reviewed by New York City Deparment of Environmental Protection's (NYC DEP) Office of Environmental Planning and Assessment, and pursuant to a letter dated February 20, 2007, NYS DEP requested that a Phase II Subsurface Investigation Work Plan summarizing the proposed soil/groundwater sampling activities be submitted for review and approval. A Phase II Work Plan was prepared for the applicant's site. The Work Plan was reviewed by NYC DEP's Office of Environmental Planning and Assessment. Pursuant to a letter dated May 12, 2009 NYC DEP found the Work Plan and Health and Safety Plan (HASP) for the site investigation acceptable. Phase II testing occurred in July 2009, and the report recommended that a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and Construction Health and Safety Plan (CHASP) be prepared. A RAP and CHASP will have to be developed and approved by NYC DEP, or the agency succeeding its jurisdiction, prior to any site excavation activities. Consequently, no significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials will occur.

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


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Admirals Row Plaza may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on December 14, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Borough Hall, 2nd Floor Courtroom, 209 Joralemon Street and Court Street, Brooklyn, NY. The action involves a proposed project, which is expected to be constructed and operational by 2014, would contain approximately 270,000 total square feet of development, including a full-service supermarket of approximately 60,000 square feet, approximately 76,000 square feet of retail ranging from small local stores to destination retailers, approximately 7,000 square feet of community facility/non-profit office space, approximately 126,000 square feet of light industrial space, and approximately 1,000 square feet of enclosed bicycle parking space. In total, three new buildings would be developed, ranging in height from approximately 32 to 92 feet. Approximately 300 accessory parking spaces would be provided for the retail and community facility/non-profit office uses in a surface lot that would be accessed from both Flushing Avenue and Navy Street. The light industrial space would be developed above the supermarket and would have a separate entrance from inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park, which borders the project site. Parking for the light industrial space would be provided in existing parking areas inside the industrial park. Development would incorporate both new construction and renovation or reconstruction of two existing historic structures, known as Building B and the Timber Shed. The new development would be compliant with New York City Local Law 86 of 2005 and would be designed to meet the standards for LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Work on the two existing historic structures would meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The proposed project would result in the demolition of the remainder of the existing structures located on the project site. The project is located at Navy Street and Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Shani Leobowitz, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, 63 Flushing Avenue, Unit 300, Brooklyn, NY 11205, Phone: (718) 907-5955, E-mail: sleibowitz@brooklynnavyyard.com.




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