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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/18/2011

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Plaza Hotel will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by applicant, Plaza Accessory Owner LLC, for a second modification of a special granted pursuant to Section 75-711 of the Zoning Resolution to reduce health club space in the sub-cellar of the Plaza Condominium (formerly the Plaza Hotel) by 2,692 square feet and to create 4,100 square feet of health club space in the cellar. The action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to reconfigure and expand the health club use, while reducing the overall amount of commercial space previously approved and constructed, in order to accommodate a new health club tenant "La Laestra". The 18 story Plaza Hotel is located in an R10-H zoning district. The zoning lot's southwest corner is zoned C5-2.5; this portion of the zoning lot lies within the Special Midtown District. The Plaza Hotel is a designated New York City Landmark and National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The proposed action comprises interior portions of The Plaza Condominium, at 768 Fifth Avenue.

Overall, there would be a net decrease of 2,633 square feet of the special permit commercial uses as a result of the current modification. Specifically, in the sub-cellar space, the commercial uses, Use Group 9 (physical culture establishment uses), would be reduced by 2,692 square feet (from 7,997 square feet to 5,305 square feet), of which 55 square feet would be re-allocated to Use Group 6 (restaurant use) on this level, and 4 square feet re-allocated to Use Group 9 (physical culture establishment) on the cellar level. The remaining 2,633 square feet would be converted to as-of-right accessory hotel use. In the cellar space, the combined Use Group 6 uses (Retail & Restaurant), would be reduced by 4,096 square feet (from 46,755 square feet to 42,659 square feet) and re-allocated to Use Group 9 physical culture establishment use. Moreover, 4,100 square feet of cellar space that was dedicated for either retail or restaurant uses would be converted to Use Group 9 physical culture establishment space. The total floor area dedicated to physical culture establishment space would be 9,405 square feet.

The new physical culture establishment space in the cellar and sub-cellar would be used as part of a new facility for La Pelestra, an elite fitness facility that would provide diagnostic, nutrition and select medical services geared toward physical training. The two floors of the health club would be connected via an internal subway. The overall square footage of the building would not change. Absent the proposed action, the existing conditions of the Plaza Hotel would remain. The analysis year for the proposed actions is 2011.

The project is located on the west side of Fifth Avenue/Grand Army Plaza, extending from West 58th Street to West 59th Street (Central Park South) in Manhattan, Community District 5, 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 (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed West 116th/117th Street Rezoning 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 proposal by the applicant, West 116 Residential LLC, for a zoning map amendment to extend an existing C4-5X (R7X equivalent) zoning district onto a portion of a block currently zoned R7-2 and R7-2/C1-4 in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 10. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a mixed use development on an approximately 37,000 square foot property with frontage on West 116th Street and West 117th Street. The proposed project would consist of two residential buildings on a through-block base. One of the buildings, fronting West 116th Street, would be 12 stories in height, and contain approximately 95 market-rate dwelling units as well as approximately 20,000 gross square feet of ground floor retail space. The other building, fronting West 117th Street, would be 9 stories in height, and contain approximately 100 affordable dwelling units and approximately 9,000 gross square feet of community facility space. In addition, the proposed project would include a below-grade accessory parking garage containing 100 spaces accessed by a 25 foot curb cut located on West 117th Street. To avoid any potential significant adverse impacts, the applicant would record a Restrictive Declaration for hazardous materials against the project site only and an (E) designation for air quality (applicable to the Project Site only) would be incorporated into the action.

The project is bounded by West 116th Street to the south, 5th Avenue to the east, West 117th Street to the north and a line parallel to and 450 feet east of Lenox Avenue to the west in Manhattan, Community District 10, New York.

The conditions are:

The applicant agrees via a restrictive declaration to prepare a Phase II Environmental Assessment Statement (ESA), hazardous materials sampling protocol and health and safety plans, which would be submitted to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) for approval. The applicant agrees to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocols and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous material remediation plan including a health and safety plan to NYC DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plans.


Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS


Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Crotona Park East/West Farms Rezoning and Related Actions. The action involves the zoning map and zoning text amendments proposed by the project applicant (Industco Holdings, LLC), as well as special permits for a large scale general development project (LSGD) and the disposition of a City owned property. The proposed rezoning area is currently zoned primarily as an M1-1 manufacturing district with a small R7-1 residential district, a portion of which is mapped with a C2-4 commercial overlay, lying north of the Cross Bronx Expressway. The proposed zoning map amendment would rezone the area to a mix of R6A, R7A, R7X, and R8X residential districts with selected C2-4 commercial overlays. An amendment to the text of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) would establish the Inclusionary Housing program within the proposed rezoning area and grant the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) the authority, for LSGDs located in Bronx Community District 3, to exclude portions of buildings containing enclosed accessory parking from lot coverage. Also part of the proposed action is a request for special permits under ZR Sections 74-743, 74-744 and 74-745 to provide bulk and other waivers for an LSGD to be developed on sites controlled by the applicant. In addition, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD) is proposing the disposition of a City-owned property to facilitate the development of a portion of the LSGD.

Copies of the Draft EIS may be obtained from Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, 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. The online version of the Draft EIS is available at the New York City Department of City Planning's website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The project encompasses 11 blocks in the Crotona Park East and West Farms neighborhoods of the Bronx that lie along the strip of land midway between Longfellow and Boone Avenue on the west to West Farms Road on the east, between Freeman Street on the south, and Boston Post Road on the north located in Bronx Community District 3, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321.





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