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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/29/2010

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Urban Health Plan, Inc. for a site known as 1095 Southern Boulevard, site ID #C203055. This site is located in the Bronx within the County of Bronx, and is located at 1095 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10459. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than January 28, 2011. Information regarding the site, the application, and how to submit comments can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/60058.html or send comments to Dana Kaplan, NYS DEC - Region 2, Division of Environmental Remediation, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-7541, E-mail: dpkaplan@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR) as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Prospect Park Lakeside Center and Lakeshore Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Prospect Park Alliance (PPA), which was established in 1987, works in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR) and the community in restoring, developing, and operating Prospect Park. PPA oversees the maintenance of the Park's natural environment, the preservation of its historic design, and serves the public through the Park's various facilities and programs. The action involves a proposal by PPA to redevelop an approximately 26.5 acre area in the southeastern portion of Prospect Park between East Lake Drive and Prospect Park Lake with the Lakeside Center and Lakeshore Project. Prospect Park is listed on the State/National Registers of Historic Places and is a New York City Scenic Landmark. The Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1865 and was constructed between 1866 and 1874. It is located west of the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood and north of the Prospect Park South neighborhood. The project site is bounded by East Lake and South Lake Drives, the Lake, and Breeze Hill in Brooklyn, New York. PPA has applied for funding through an Economic Development Initiative (EDI) grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to finance the restoration of the World War I monument and the demolition of the existing Wollman Ice Skating Rink slab. Funding is also being sought from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for the recreation of Teardrop Island. In addition, the project will require permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for work along the lakefront. Therefore, the project's environmental analyses have also been prepared pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Because of the HUD funding, the proposed project will be subject to review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA).

The proposed project would redevelop the project site with the new, year-round Lakeside Center facility that would include two new skating rinks that would be used during the winter months for ice skating and during the summer months for roller skating, water play, and other recreational activities. The new facility will be constructed on the existing Wollman parking lot. The existing Wollman Rink and accessory building would also be removed and replaced with Park amenities. The proposed project would provide similar uses in this area of the Park but would also include year-round amenities that would improve the overall project site and utilization of the Park. The removal of the Wollman Rink and accessory building would allow for the renovation of the Concert Grove, a formal landscaped area that was originally built as part of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's 1874 Master Plan for Prospect Park. The project would also renovate the World War I Memorial and would improve physical and visual access to Prospect Park Lake from the project site. New landscaping in the picnic area, the reuse of the Breeze Hill parking lot for parking purposes, and alterations to the walkways, bridle paths, and Park roadways would improve these Park features and would improve accessibility to the project site and other Park amenities.

Contact: Joshua Laird, NYC DPR, 830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 360-3402, E-mail: Joshua.Laird@parks.nyc.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York 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 on January 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until January 18, 2011. Copies of the Draft EIS may be obtained from Robert Dobruskin, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423; or from Robert Kulikowski, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956; 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 a proposal for a zoning map amendment that changes portions of 18 blocks currently zoned from 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; changes 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; changes 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; changes 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. The zoning text amendment will establish the Inclusionary Housing program in the R7D and C4-5D districts within the proposed rezoning area in Community District 7. The project is located in the northeast section of the Bronx, bounded the Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line right-of-way to the southeast, Fordham Road and East Kingsbridge Road to the southwest, the Grand Concourse and Jerome Avenue to the northwest, and East Gun Hill Road to the northeast located in Bronx Community Districts 7 and 12, 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, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.

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