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ENB - Region 2 Notices 4/13/2011

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Black & Decker (U.S.), Inc. for a site known as the DeWalt Service Center, site ID #C241129. This site is located in the City of Woodside, within the County of Queens, and is located at 56-15 Queens Boulevard. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than May 13, 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, One Hunter's Point Plaza, 1st Floor, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone- (718) 482-7541, E-mail: dpkaplan@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Boerum Hill Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request to the New York Department of City Planning, by local community organizations, the community board and elected officials, for a zoning map amendment to map contextual zoning districts to protect neighborhood character and allow for modest growth along certain corridors. The proposed rezoning covers 31 blocks in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Community District 2, Brooklyn.

The rezoning seeks to protect the character and scale of the neighborhood while allowing for building upgrades and appropriate development on vacant sites. The proposal would also refine commercial overlays on many of the neighborhood's thoroughfares to more closely tailor them to the existing distribution of mixed uses, bringing existing establishments into conformance, and preventing the spread of commercial uses onto residential midblocks where such uses would threaten the existing character.

The area to be rezoned is currently zoned R6 and R7B. R6 allows residential development with no height limit, while the R7B zoning district, which was mapped in 1991, does not reflect the character of the areas to be rezoned. Contextual zoning districts (R6A, R6B and R7A) are proposed to preserve existing land uses, building types, density and neighborhood character.

The proposed action would map contextual zoning districts that reflect the scale and character of the neighborhood. Height limits, which do not exist under the current zoning, would be established throughout the rezoning area. An R6B district is proposed for the majority of the zoning, while R6A is proposed for the local retail corridors and certain higher-density residential streets. R7A is proposed for 3rd Avenue, a busy street with a strong mixed-use character. R6B is proposed for approximately 67% of the study area (26 full or partial blocks). R6A is proposed for approximately 28% of the study area (16 full or partial blocks). R7A is proposed for 3rd Avenue (6 partial blocks, or approximately 5% of the study area). C2-4 commercial overlay districts are proposed to be mapped in locations where C1-3 and C2-3 districts exist today, within 100 feet of Smith Street and Court Street, as well as along portions of Hoyt Street, Pacific Street and Boerum Place.

In order to assess the impacts associated with the proposed actions, a Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario was established. In total 2 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 101 residential units (101,000 residential square feet) and 25,280 gross square feet of commercial. Under the no-action scenario, it is anticipated that those sites would contain 69 residential units 69,250 gross square feet and 25,280 gross square feet of community facility. The projected incremental change on those sites include 32 residential units, a decrease of 25,280 gross square feet of commercial, and a increase of 25,280 gross square feet of community facility. In addition, a total of 4 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 R6, R7B, C1-3 and C2-3. The build year is 2021.

The project is generally bounded by Atlantic Avenue to the north, 4th Avenue to the east, Warren and Wyckoff streets to the south, and Court Street to the west, in the Boerum Hill neighborhood. Community District 2, Brooklyn, 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.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Ocean Dreams Rezoning and Related Actions 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 an application by Red Apple Real Estate, Inc. for special permits and a zoning map amendment. The discretionary actions sought include (i) a change in the Zoning Map (Section Nos. 28b and 28d) affecting the two zoning lots, which consist of Brooklyn Block 7065, Lots 6 and 12 (Zoning Lot A) and Block 7065, Lots 15, 20 and 25 (Zoning Lot B) from R6A to R7-3 with selected C2-4 commercial overlays, (ii) Special Permits pursuant to Section 62-836 of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) for each Zoning Lot to permit height and setback and other bulk modifications, (iii) a Special Permit pursuant to ZR Sec. 74-743 for a Large-Scale General Development (LSGD) on each Zoning Lot to allow modifications with respect to obstructions in inner courts and inner court recesses and (iv) a Special Permit pursuant to ZR Sec. 74-744 to allow modification of restrictions on the location of commercial uses in mixed buildings. The ministerial actions sought include Certifications for each Zoning Lot from the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission under ZR Sec. 62-811 determining that there are no waterfront public access or visual corridor requirements for the proposed development.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop two mixed-use residential and commercial buildings. The proposed buildings would have a combined floor area of 428,256 zoning square feet (4.0 FAR), consisting of up to approximately 416,688 square feet of residential floor area (417 dwelling units), 24,790 square feet of local retail and service uses, and off-street accessory parking for 418 vehicles. To avoid any potential significant adverse impacts, the applicant has entered into a restrictive declaration for hazardous materials and an (E) designation for air quality has been incorporated into the proposed actions.

The project is located on the south side of Surf Avenue between West 35th Street and a line parallel to and 140 feet west of West 36th Street in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 1, New York.

The conditions are: The applicant agrees via a restrictive declaration recorded against the subject property on April 14, 2005 (CRFN 2005000214806) in connection with the previously-approved Surf Avenue Rezoning (CEQR No. 03DCP065K) 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 declaration establishes a covenant that runs with the land to test and identify any potential hazardous material impacts pursuant to the approved sampling protocol and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous materials remediation plan including a health and safety plan to NYC DEP for approval, prior to any ground disturbance (i.e., site grading, excavation, demolition, or building construction). 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)720-3495, E-mail: R_dobrus@planning.nyc.gov.



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