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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/05/2011

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Fort Washington Park PlaNYC Reconstruction Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the reconstruction of select areas within Fort Washington Park and Inwood Hill Park. They would include the reconstruction of one pedestrian bridge, two softball fields, one soccer field, five volleyball courts, six handball courts, one playground, multiple picnic areas, pedestrian and bicycle pathways, and the addition of new park amenities including the construction of a new comfort station and the construction of a new American's with Disablities Act (ADA) compliant pedestrian ramp for improved greenway connections between Fort Washington and Inwood Hill parks. The proposed improvements within the project area will result in newly refurbished passive and active recreational facilities and park amenities. The project is intended to improve park infrastructure and create a new destination park for the 21st century. It will give New Yorkers new and enhanced landscapes, improved pedestrian access, and provide outstanding recreational opportunities in northern Manhattan. The project is located along the east bank of the Hudson River, generally west of the Henry Hudson Parkway and the Amtrak railroad in Manhattan, New York. It includes Fort Washington Park from West 155th Street to West 181st Street and West 187th Street to Dykeman Street and Inwood Hill Park west of the Amtrak Lines and east of the ball fields.

Contact: Nick Molinari, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 3, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 360-3413, E-mail: nicholas.molinari@parks.nyc.gov.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping (Corretion)

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 11, 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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