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ENB - Region 2 Notices 6/1/2011

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Saint Vincents Campus Redevelopment may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The current applicant for the proposed action has modified the proposed project as described in a revised Draft Scope of Work dated May 23, 2011, which supersedes the November 6, 2009 document. As a consequence, a second public scoping meeting has been scheduled per below. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until July 11, 2011. A public scoping session will be held on June 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the NYC Department of City Planning's Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York, 10007. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained from Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning - Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423; or from the Robert Kulikowski, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 788-2937. The Draft Scope of Work and scoping protocol will also be made available for download at: www.nyc.gov/planning.

The action involves the development of the proposed Saint Vincents Campus Redevelopment project, the applicant, RSV, LLC, is seeking a number of discretionary actions from the New York City Planning Commission (NY CPC), including zoning map amendments, zoning text amendments, and special permits for the East Site and Triangle Site from the NYCPC. Although the comprehensive health care facility on the O'Toole Building Site would be as of right under the New York City Zoning Resolution and would not require any approvals from the NY CPC, it does require a Certificate of Need approval from New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH). In addition, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) will also review certain aspects of the proposed project along with MTA-New York City Transit (relocation of a bus stop) and potentially the New York City Department of Transportation (revocable consent for reuse of an existing underground tunnel) as described in the Draft Scope of Work.

With the proposed project the East Site would be redeveloped with primarily residential use in new buildings and in renovated and adapted existing buildings. In addition to the residential use, there would be retail space and medical office space along the Seventh Avenue frontage, accessory parking, mechanical, and below-grade and at-grade residential amenity space. The number of dwelling units of the East Site would be limited to 450 under a large-scale general development special permit, substantially reducing the permitted residential density on the site.

On the Triangle Site the former Materials Handling Facility would be retained and reused for a yet-to-be-programmed community facility use. There is approximately 4,900 gross square feet of above-grade space and 20,320 gross square feet of below grade space in the Materials Handling Facility that would be reused. Although a specific community facility use has not yet been identified for the Materials Handling Facility, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will consider potential uses for that space and will account for the environmental effects of its reuse, as appropriate. The open space on the eastern portion of the Triangle Site would be redesigned and opened to the public.

The former O'Toole Building would be renovated to house a state-of-the-art emergency department on the ground floor and an ambulatory surgery center, imaging center and other health care services on the upper floors. The façade would be restored in a manner that is sensitive to the historic design, and the building would retain its unique architectural form.

It is anticipated that construction of the entire project would be completed by 2015, with the comprehensive health care facility completed in early 2014, the Triangle Site in late 2014, and the East Site at the beginning of 2015.

The project is located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 2, New York and is comprised three tax lots located along Seventh Avenue. The "East Site" is located on the east side of Seventh Avenue between West 11th and West 12th Streets, the "O'Toole Building Site" is on the west side of Seventh Avenue between West 12th and West 13th Streets, and "Triangle Site" is bounded by Seventh Avenue, West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.

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