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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/12/2011

Draft Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Owls Head Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements to Engines and Fuel Gas System will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the improvements to the engines and the fuel gas system at the Owls Head Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The proposed project includes two phases: Phase 1, would replace the digester gas system including piping, gas compressors and gas cleanup equipment in the Gas Compressor Room; and, Phase 2 would upgrade the three, dual fuel engine generators with modern electronic fuel injection equipment and automation and include new internal engine components in the Pump and Blower Building. All activities associated with the proposed project would take place within the existing Plant boundaries. Construction activities are anticipated to last approximately 32 months. The project is located at 6700 Shore Road in the Borough of Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Lisa Fuerst, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-4407, E-mail: lfuerst@dep.nyc.gov.


Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed West Clinton Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) and Manhattan Community Board 4 (CB 4), for zoning map and text amendments affecting all or portions of 18 blocks in the West Clinton neighborhood in Manhattan, Community District 4.

The proposed actions include two components:

1. A Zoning Map Amendment changing M1-5, M2-3 and M3-2 zoning districts to R8, R8A/C2-5, R9, R9/C2-5 and M2-4 zoning districts within the Special Clinton District, and expanding the existing Special Clinton District to cover two blocks and a portion of one block.

2. Zoning Text Amendments to designate the proposed R8A/C2-5, R9, and R9/C2-5 zoning districts as an Inclusionary Housing designated area, to extend the Preservation Area of the Special Clinton District, to extend the Other Area of the Special Clinton District, to place R9A contextual regulations on developments within the proposed R9 zoning district, to establish a maximum height and streetwall requirements in developments in the proposed M2-4 zoning district, to require streetwalls in the Preservation Area of the Special Clinton District, to allow existing legal adult uses to remain in the Other Area of the Special Clinton District, and to specify that enclosed sidewalk cafes are not permitted in the Special Clinton District.

To address recent development trends in the affected area, the proposed actions would extend the residential districts from Tenth Avenue to the east side of Eleventh Avenue, and, to the west of Eleventh Avenue, increase the density permitted on certain blocks zoned for manufacturing and manufacturing compatible uses. Further, the proposed text amendments would ensure that new development in the rezoning area would be in context with the surrounding built environment.

It is the objective of the proposed actions to:

• Provide new opportunities for residential development, including new affordable housing, in the West Clinton neighborhood;
• Encourage manufacturing-compatible uses, such as auto sales/repair uses, between Eleventh Avenue and the West Side Highway; and
• Ensure that the form of new buildings relates to and enhances neighborhood character.

In order to assess the impacts associated with the proposed actions, a Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario was established. In total 14 projected development sites, considered most likely to be developed in the future with the proposed actions, were identified. As a result of the proposed actions, it is anticipated that new development on those sites would consist of 1,623 residential units, including 252 affordable units under the Inclusionary Housing program, and 552,095 square feet of commercial space (auto sales/repair, retail, and office) . Under the no-action scenario, it is anticipated that those sites would contain 1,271,140 square feet of commercial space (retail, office, and hotel). The projected incremental change on those sites over the no-action scenario is 1,623 residential units, including 252 affordable units, and a 719,045 square foot reduction in the total amount of commercial space (retail, office, and hotel).

In addition, a total of 12 potential development sites were identified; these sites are considered less likely to be developed in the future with the proposed actions.

The affected area is currently zoned for low- to heavy-density (M1-5, M2-3 and M3-2) manufacturing uses; residential uses are not permitted in manufacturing zones. The affected area is developed with a mix of building types including large loft buildings along Eleventh Avenue and the West Side Highway, single-story auto dealerships and auto repair shops, full-block vehicle distribution and utility facilities, and a small number of walk-up tenement-style buildings.

The analysis year for the proposed actions is 2020.

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to air quality, noise and hazardous materials, an (E) designation has been incorporated into the proposed actions.

The affected area is generally bounded by West 55th Street to the north, West 43rd Street to the south, a variable line between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues to the east, and Route 9A (the West Side Highway) to the west in the Borough of Manhattan, 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.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Springfield Gardens Sewer Project Phase D will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) to construct a new storm sewer system in a portion of Springfield Gardens with natural drainage structures in Springfield and Idlewild Parks. In conjunction with NYC DEP's proposed project, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) is proposing roadway construction and reconstruction along Springfield Boulevard and in local streets with the sewer construction. This proposed project is the fourth phase (Phase D) of a multi-year effort to address flooding in Springfield Gardens. The area comprising Phase D is medium density residential, approximately 68 acres in size. The area generally consists of residential, industrial and commercial land uses. The proposed storm sewers and natural drainage system are similar in scope to NYC DEP's proposed Bluebelt Program on Staten Island which preserves wetland areas to perform their natural functions of conveying, storing and filtering stormwater. As part of NYC DEP's initiative to treat and convey stormwater through natural systems, where possible, this proposed project would direct stormwater through a system of best management practices (BMPs) including tidal wetlands and streams. Surface water in Springfield and Idlewild Parks would also be treated before discharging into the open waters of Jamaica Bay. The project is located and bordered by South Conduit Avenue to the north, Rockaway Boulevard to the south, 184th Street to the east, and 224th Street to the west southeastern Queens, New York, in Community Board 13.

Contact: Erin Morey, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-6443, E-mail: ertnm@dep.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Kings Theatre. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on January 25, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Flatbush Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until Febuary 7, 2011. The Draft EIS is available for review on line at: www.nycedc.com and www.nyc.gov/oec.

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 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 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. In addition, the project is seeking a New York Economic Development Capital Assistance Program (NYEDCP) Grant, which is processed by the New York State Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY) on behalf of the New York State Legislature. The project is located at 1027 Flatbush Avenue in the Borough of Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Robert Holbrook, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 Williams Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3706, E-mail: rholbrook@nycedc.com.






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