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ENB - Region 2 Notices 4/20/2011

Negative Declaration

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Environmental Proection (NYC DEP) as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Amendment to Chapter 31 of Title 15 of the RCNY, "Standards for Stormwater Release Rates" will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposed rule amendment which would modify the flow rate to the New York City's sewer system for new and existing development as part of sewer availability and connection approvals. The proposed action would apply to all sewer connection applications for new buildings (new developments) or alterations that result in an expansion of impervious surfaces on a lot to greater than 20% of existing impervious surfaces. The purpose of the proposed action is to more stringently control the flow of stormwater runoff on development lots to the New York City's sewer system. The project is located throughout the City of New York, New York.

Contact: Julie Stein, NYC DEC, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-4367, E-mail: julies@dep.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 201 East 144th Street Charter High School Facility 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 a response to the Charter Facilities Matching Grant Program offered by the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) and New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA), RH Bronx Rider, LLC, the applicant, proposes to obtain capital funding from the NYC DOE for the development of a new charter high school facility in the Matt Haven section of the Bronx. The proposed facility would provide approximately 1,000 seats for ninth through twelfth grade students.

The proposed site is an approximately 36,793 square foot tax lot which was recently acquired by the applicant and currently contains a four story industrial building and a parking lot.

Under the proposed project, the applicant would receive capital funding from private donations, New Market Tax Credits, and NYC DOE's Charter Facilities Matching Grant Program to facilitate the development of the proposed facility. The applicant would demolish all on-site structures and construct a new, approximately five story building on the site. According to preliminary conceptual plans, the building would contain a total of up to approximately 140,000 gross square feet and would rise to a maximum height of 106 feet along Park Avenue. A lower roof level, rising to approximately 96 feet, would extend along East 146th Street. The proposed facility would contain administrative offices, classrooms, a shared auditorium and cafeteria, kitchen facilities, a gymnasium, a library, three science laboratories, custodial facilities, and storage areas.

The project is located at 201 East 144th Street in the Bronx, New York.

The conditions are:

1. The applicant shall petition the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) prior to the completion of construction to implement signal timing modifications such that the new school facility will not result in a significant adverse impact to local traffic conditions. In addition, the applicant shall design the project to narrow the widths of the existing tree pits on the eastern side of Park Avenue between East l44th Street and East l46th Street, thereby widening the sidewalk by four inches. This measure would fully avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to pedestrian conditions.

2. The applicant shall design the project to use natural gas in the HVAC system; or, in the event that either No.4 fuel oil or No.2 fuel oil is used, the exhaust stack will set back a minimum of 15 feet from the adjacent lot. Implementation of these measures would fully avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to HVAC stack exhaust.

3. The applicant shall design the project to provide sufficient window-wall attenuation such that interior classroom noise levels shall not exceed 45 dBA under a closed window condition. Such window-wall attenuation may be provided for all of the building sides through well-sealed double-glazed windows and central air conditioning.

4. The applicant will submit the Phase II Environmental Site Investigation along with a proposed Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and Construction Health and Safety Plan (CHASP) to Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation (MOER) and to the NYC SCA for review. The following will be made conditions of the funding agreement between NYC SCA and the applicant:
(i) compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations relating to hazardous substances and petroleum products;
(ii) submission of findings of a subsurface testing report and the MOER-approved RAP/CHASP to the SCA;
(iii) an obligation to coordinate all environmental activity with respect to the proposed project with the SCA.

Contact: Adam Lynn, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thompson Avenue, Long Islnad City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-8234, E-mail: alynn@nycsca.org.



Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed PAVE Academy Charter School 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 a response to the Charter Facilities Matching Grant Program offered by the New York City Department of Education (NYS DOE) and New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA), by Civic Builders, Inc. the applicant, which proposes to obtain capital funding from the NYC DOE for the acquisition and development of a new charter school facility in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. The proposed facility would provide approximately 350 seats for kindergarten through eighth grade students.

The proposed site is an approximately 24,000 square foot tax lot. The site currently contains a one and two story industrial and commercial building that is occupied by a furniture manufacturer and distributor and a deli. All on-site occupants would vacate the site prior to the applicant's acquisition of the property.

The proposed project would provide a permanent facility for students who attend PAVE Academy, which is currently co-located with P.S. 15 in an existing NYC DOE school facility located at 71 Sullivan Street, approximately one-half mile from the project site. PAVE Academy currently serves students in kindergarten through second grade. The proposed project would enable the school to move out of its current location and grow into an organization serving kindergarten through eighth grade, with a total enrollment of approximately 350 students.

Under the proposed project, the applicant would receive capital funding from the NYC DOE's Charter Facilities Matching Grant Program to acquire the site, demolish all on-site structures, and construct a new approximately three story (47 foot tall) building on the site. According to preliminary design plans, the building would contain a total of up to approximately 40,000 gross square feet and would include approximately 18 general instruction classrooms, as well as specialty instruction classrooms for art and music. The proposed facility would also feature a science lab, cafeteria, library, gymnasium, and an approximately 2,200 square foot green roof. The proposed building's main entrance would be located on Mill Street, with secondary entrances and exits located on Mill and Henry Streets.

If approved, the NYC DOE and NYC SCA would provide matching capital funding to the Applicant starting in 2010 for property acquisition, design, and construction, and PAVE Academy would expect to begin occupancy of the facility in 2013.

The project is located at 732 Henry Street in Brooklyn, New York.

The conditions are:

1) Prior to demolition of the existing building on the site, the applicant shall survey and properly remove and dispose all identified and suspect lead-containing painted components/surfaces and asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in accordance with all applicable regulations.

2) The applicant shall incorporate a vapor barrier and active sub-slab depressurization system into the design and construction of the new school building to prevent potential migration of organic vapors into the new facility.

3) If dewatering is necessary for construction, the applicant shall characterize the groundwater for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) sewer discharge parameters and shall implement groundwater treatment (if required) prior to discharge to the public sanitary sewer in accordance with NYC DEP procedures.

4) During construction, the applicant would remove the characteristically hazardous soils and properly manage excavated soil in accordance with all applicable Federal, State and local regulations. For areas of the site where exposed soils may remain (i.e., landscaped areas), the applicant would place a 24 inch thick layer of certified clean fill over the soils.

5) The applicant shall develop and implement a site-specific Health and Safety Plan (HASP) to minimize the potential for construction workers' exposure during remediation, development and future maintenance activities. The HASP would establish procedures for the protection of on-site workers and off-site residents.

6) The applicant shall develop and implement a Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP), and employ erosion and sediment controls during all soil excavation activities.

7) The above-mentioned measures shall be developed by the applicant in consultation with the NYC SCA, and shall be approved by the NYC SCA prior to the start of construction.

Contact: Adam Lynn, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thompson Avenue, Long Islnad City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-8234, E-mail: alynn@nycsca.org.



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