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ENB - Region 2 Notices 6/15/2011

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 259 Tenth Avenue Special Permit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Avenues World Holdings, LLC, for a Special Permit pursuant to the New York Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711 to waive the Special West Chelsea District zoning requirements in ZR 98-14 and 98-423 relating to ground floor use and maximum building height. The applicant intends to convert the existing 206,000 square foot, 10 story warehouse building into a 1,635 student, pre-K to 12th grade private school. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to install a regulation height gymnasium and to locate classroom space on the ground floor of the existing building.

259 Tenth Avenue is contiguous to the High Line, and is a contributing building within the West Chelsea Historic District, which is a Landmark Preservation Commission designated New York City Historic District and is also listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The C6-3 zoning district within the Special West Chelsea District has a base FAR of 5.0 and can be increased to 7.5 with acquisition of development rights from the High Line Transfer Corridor and the Inclusionary Housing Bonus. Buildings fronting Tenth Avenue within the Special West Chelsea District are generally permitted to have a maximum base height of 125 feet and a maximum building height of 145 feet.

While the underlying zoning regulations permit school use, the Special West Chelsea Zoning District does not permit the proposed Use Group 3, school use, to occupy the entire ground floor fronting on Tenth Avenue. Zoning Resolution Section 98-12 requires that a certain percentage of the building's ground floor contain commercial use. The modification of the ground floor regulations would allow pre-kindergarten classes to be located on the ground floor as opposed to 3,937 square foot of ground floor area to a conforming use, which would result in the relocation of these classrooms to the third floor. The proposed ground floor contains two pre-K classrooms.

The requested special permit will also waive the height limit under ZR § 98-423(c) limiting the subject building's maximum height to 125 feet. The existing building height is currently non-complying at a height of 125 foot 7 3/8 inches (to top of the roof). In order to construct the proposed gymnasium with adequate floor to ceiling height for National Federation of State High School Associations regulation basketball games, the height of the proposed gymnasium would have a height of 25 foot 0 inches and rise to approximately 144 foot above grade. The new roof would rise to a height of 144 foot, 18 foot higher than the existing roof and extending 12 foot over the parapet.

The physical building modifications include restoration of the building facade, renovation and modernization of the interior, and raising a portion of the roof to accommodate a gymnasium. The building is currently unoccupied, but was previously used as Use Group 16 storage for set building materials and props for the Disney Company.

As a condition of the 74-711 special permit, Avenues World Holdings, LLC, will enter into a Restrictive Declaration with the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) that will obligate the applicant and future owners to agree to certain requirements and restrictions for the protection, preservation, repair and continuing maintenance of the historic structure.

Under the No-Action Scenario, the warehouse building would be converted for a school as permitted in the existing C6-3 zoning district, with the required 3,937 square foot ground-floor retail use, without a regulation-height gymnasium and no height modification to the building.

The analysis year for the proposed actions is 2012.

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 project is located between West 25th and West 26th Streets, in a C6-3 District within the Special West Chelsea District, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 4, 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.

New York County (Manhattan) - The City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 60-62 West 130th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the project sponsor, PFC Astor Row HDFC, for construction financing from the City of New York - Department of Housing Preservation & Development (NYC HPD) for the rehabilitation of two 3 story row houses. The two buildings are listed as both individual NYC Landmarks and contributing structures to the National Register of Historic Places-listed Astor Rowhouses Historic District.

The proposed rehabilitation consists of various exterior and interior restorations/alterations, with no changes to the overall floor area. Following the proposed activities, the project would provide six affordable dwelling units. The project will be developed through NYC HPD's Participation Loan Program. All rehabilitation activities proposed for both buildings would occur in accordance with permits issued by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, pursuant to Section 25-306 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.

The project is located at 60-62 West 130th Street in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 10, New York.

Contact: Patrick S. Blanchfield, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 91-6, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5056. E-mail: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.

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