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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/22/2010

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 101 Spring Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Judd Foundation, for a special permit to modify the use regulations pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) 74-711 Sections 42-11 and 42-14(d)(2)(B). The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to convert a 5 story, formerly Joint Living Work Quarters for Artists (JLWQA) building located at 101 Spring Street to institutional use without sleeping accommodations (Use Group 4A). The subject property is located within an M1-5B zoning district within the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District in Manhattan, Community District 2.

According to ZR Section 42-11 (Uses in M1 Districts), certain commercial and community facility uses (Use Groups 4A, 4B, 4C, 5, 6C, 6E, 7A, 9A and 12B) are allowed in M1 districts. Community facility uses are limited to health facilities only. Further, according to the regulations contained in ZR Section 42-14d(2)(B) (Special Uses in M1-5B Districts) certain commercial and industrial uses (Use Groups 7, 9, 11, 16, 17A, 17B, 17C and 17E) are allowed in M1-5B Districts. These requirements may be modified by special permit of the New York City Planning Commission pursuant to Section 74-711 of the Zoning Resolution. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to convert the building at 101 Spring Street into institutional use without sleeping accommodations (Use Group 4A), a community facility use not currently allowed under ZR Sections 42-11 and 42-14(d)(2)(B).

Currently, the site is developed with a 13,125 square foot, 5-story building with a cellar and sub-cellar. The building was formerly occupied with Joint Living Work Quarters for Artists (Use Group 17d) use, and is currently unoccupied. Under the no-action scenario, the project site would remain as in existing conditions. The build year for the proposed action is 2012.

The project is located 101 Spring Street in Manhattan Community District 2, New York.

Contact: Celeste Evans, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321, E-mail: C_evans@planning.nyc.gov.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Four Sparrows Retail Center at Mill Basin 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 January 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kings Plaza Community Room, 5100 Kings Plaza at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U. The action involves the proposed development of an approximately 15 acre retail center that would contain a 110,000 square foot of retail automotive sales and service center, a 45,000 square foot existing Toys 'R' Us toy store and up to approximately 138,000 square foot of commercial retail development which would be known as the Four Sparrow Retail Center at Mill Basin. The project which would include approximately 820 accessory parking spaces would be located on currently under utilized City-owned land fronting on Flatbush Avenue between the Belt Parkway interchange and about 0.5 miles south of Avenue U. The project would also include the mapping of the 46 acre Four Sparrows Marsh as City parkland and the creation of an approximately 400 foot public trail. This would protect natural features and connect the natural area with a high quality retail center. The project requires approvals from the New York City Planning Commission including: rezoning of the development site from C3 to C8-1; demapping and disposition of an unbuilt segment of Flatbush Avenue and Marginal Street, Wharf or Place that crosses the site; disposition of the proposed site to three private entities and Mayoral approval of the business terms pursuant to Section 385(b)(4) of the City Charter; Special Permit pursuant to ZR Section 62-836 to modify height and setback regulations on a waterfront block; certification of the site plan on a waterfront block pursuant to ZR Section 62-811; certification of a zoning lot subdivision pursuant to ZR Section 62-812; and mapping of the Four Sparrows Marsh as City parkland.

Related actions include approvals from New York City Department of Transportation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers related to traffic signals, site storm water and sewer drainage, tidal wetlands and construction in navigable waters, respectively.

The project is located at 2875 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Douglas Rice, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3750, E-mail: drice@nycedc.com.

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