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ENB - Region 2 Notices 6/29/2011

Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Williamsbridge/ Baychester Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP), for a zoning map amendment affecting approximately 181 full or partial blocks of the north central Bronx neighborhoods of Williamsbridge and Baychester. The proposed actions would rezone certain R4, R5, R6, R7-1 and C8-1 zoning districts in the area to R4, R4A, R5, R5A, R5D, R6, R6A, and R7A zoning districts, in order to protect neighborhood scale and character and create new growth opportunities near major corridors and mass transit. The proposal also includes updates to the commercial overlay districts in the rezoning area by reducing overlay depths and establishing new C1-4 and C2-4 overlay districts to reflect existing commercial use patterns.

The proposed zoning map amendment would consist of three components:
• First, to rezone 74 blocks from general zoning districts R4, R5, R6, and R7-1 to lower density districts R4, R4A, R5, and R5A.
• Second, to rezone 109 blocks from general zoning districts R4, R4, R4, R5, R5, and R6 to neighborhood contextual districts R5D, R5D, R5D, and R6A;
• Third, to rezone 46 blocks from general zoning districts R4, R5, R5, R5, R6, R6, and R6 to growth opportunity districts R6, R6, R6A, R6A, R7A, and R7A. The proposed zoning would also update existing C1-2 and C2-2 commercial overlay districts to C1-4 and C2-4, limit depths of commercial overlays, and create new C1-4 and C2-4 overlay districts where commercial uses today without an overlay.

It is the objective of the proposed action to:

• Protect neighborhood scale and character by reinforcing existing development patterns. The proposed action would protect the neighborhood scale and character by reinforcing the existing development patterns. Where applicable, the action would downzone and contextualize residential districts and remove the "infill" provisions in R4 and R5 districts from a large number of lots in and surrounding the rezoning areas. Building heights and the overall potential size of new development would be restricted in these areas compared to as-of-right development today. The growth opportunities and incentives will be removed from the lower-density neighborhoods and shifted to areas where higher-density development is appropriate. The proposed action will protect the existing built context.

• Update and add new commercial overlays to reinforce existing patterns of commercial uses. The lower-density neighborhoods would also be protected from commercial intrusion by updating the commercial overlays to reinforce existing land use patterns. Generally, C1-2 and C2-2 districts currently mapped along some of the retail corridors throughout the area are too deep. These commercial overlays are mapped to a depth of 150 feet where most commercial lots are approximately 100 feet in depth. Here, C1-4 and C2-4 overlays, at a depth of 100 feet, are more appropriate. The proposed updates to the commercial overlays will reduce the potential for commercial encroachment on residential streets. The new overlays will also update the parking requirements, which will aid in directing new commercial growth to the main corridors.

• Create growth opportunities for appropriate areas around major corridors and mass transit. While current new residential development is incongruous, parts of the rezoning area are underutilized and could benefit from new growth and investment. As aforementioned, the proposed action would not only protect the neighborhood scale and character, but it would also create growth opportunities for areas in need of reinvestment. White Plains Road, East Gun Hill Road and East 233rd Street are ideal areas for new growth and investment. Proximate to mass transit these areas have vacant, surface parking or otherwise underutilized lots. Under the proposed action these areas would be rezoned to mid-density contextual districts which would encourage new housing and commercial opportunities.

The proposed action is intended to ensure that the configuration and density of new housing development is consistent with the area's existing patterns of development.

In order to assess the impacts associated with the proposed action, a Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario was established. In total 12 projected development sites, considered most likely to be developed in the future with the proposed action, were identified. As a result of the proposed action, it is anticipated that new development on those sites would consist of 544 residential units and 67,244 gross square feet of commercial space. Under the no-action scenario, it is anticipated that those sites would contain 253 residential units, 44,908 gross square feet of commercial space, and 132,419 gross square feet of community facility space. Therefore, the proposed action would result in a net increase of 291 residential units and 22,336 gross square feet of commercial space, and a net decrease of 132,419 gross square feet of community facility space. In addition, a total of 132 potential development sites were identified; these sites are considered less likely to be developed in the future with the proposed action.

The affected area is currently zoned for R4, R5, R6, R7-1 and C8-1. The build year is 2021.

The proposed action would affect residential areas in the Williamsbridge, New York neighborhood in the western part of the project area, residential areas in the Baychester, New York neighborhood in the eastern part of the project area, and major commercial/residential corridors within the Williamsbridge neighborhood along White Plains Road, East 233rd Street and East Gun Hill Road. The rezoning area is generally bounded by the Bronx River to the west, Grenada Place, Needham Avenue, Marrola Place and the New England Thruway to the east, East 233rd Street to the north and East Gun Hill Road, and Lurting, Givan and Hammersley Avenues to the south.

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



Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Industrial Development Agency, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Federal Building #2 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the purchase, renovation and reuse of an approximately 1.1 million square foot vacant warehouse building known as Federal Building #2. The building, constructed for the Department of the Navy in 1916 as part of the U. S. Navy Fleet Supply Base is eligible for listing on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. The developer plans to convert the former warehouse for as-of-right commercial and industrial uses pursuant to the M3-1 zoning of the site. The project developer projects that the renovation and reuse of the project site will generate total tenant employment in excess of 1,500 upon full lease up of the building. The project is located between 2nd and 3rd Avenues and 30th and 31st Streets in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Douglas Rice, New York City Industrial Development Agency, 110 William Street, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3750, E-mail: drice@nycedc.com.


Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Special Fourth Avenue Enhanced Commercial District will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning for a zoning text amendment and a zoning map amendment to establish the Special Fourth Avenue Enhanced Commercial District (SFAECD). The area to which the Special District would apply covers 56 blockfronts zoned R8A and R8A/C2-4 fronting on Fourth Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and 24th Street in the Park Slope and South Park Slope neighborhoods of Brooklyn's Community Districts 2, 6 and 7. The proposed Special District regulations would be applicable to the lots zoned R8A and R8A/C2-4 with a frontage on this portion of Fourth Avenue.

The proposed Special District would promote a vibrant mix of uses along Fourth Avenue in new buildings and enlargements by requiring commercial and community facility uses on the ground floor, and limit the location of residential and parking uses on the ground floor. It would apply certain streetscape and parking entrance guidelines on the ground floor to enhance the pedestrian environment. This proposal would not modify or expand the uses currently permitted under the R8A/C2-4 zoning district regulations.

The proposed actions would not result in any change to the underlying zoning, and would provide guidelines for streetscape design and land use controls on the ground floor.

The original intent of the actions which changed the zoning along the affected portions of Fourth Avenue during the Park Slope and South Park Slope contextual rezonings in 2003 and 2005, respectively, was to create a mixed use corridor. While some earlier development has not resulted in the intended mix of uses envisioned under these rezoning proposals, more recent trends of planned and built development has shown a mix of uses more in line with the intended outcome of the previous rezoning actions. The proposed special district would reinforce the intended mixed use character that was anticipated and analyzed as part of the original intent of the earlier rezoning actions.

The area to which the proposed special district regulations would apply was analyzed for incremental changes to FAR and height during the various areawide rezonings which mapped the R8A and R8A/C2-4 zoning districts along this portion of Fourth Avenue. As the underlying zoning would remain the same under the proposed action, no changes to FAR or height are anticipated as part of this action. The proposed action would neither induce new development, nor affect the amount, type, or location of development compared to what was previously analyzed in the environmental reviews for the Park Slope and South Park Slope contextual rezonings in 2003 and 2005. Consequently, specific development sites have not been identified within the special district area.

The area to which the Special District would apply covers 56 blockfronts zoned R8A and R8A/C2-4 fronting on Fourth Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and 24th Street in the Park Slope and South Park Slope neighborhoods of Brooklyn's Community Districts 2, 6 and 7, 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.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant Chemical Bulk Storage/Petroleum Bulk Storage (CBS/PBS) Upgrade will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by NYC DEP to to upgrade the existing chemical and bulk storage tanks at the Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant (WTTP) to bring the facility into compliance with existing regulations. The proposed project would include the replacement of an existing ferric chloride tank with two new tanks, the installation of four above-ground tanks for storage of sodium hypochlorite, the removal of one polymer tank, the addition of five containment pads, secondary containment measures and all associated equipment. Construction activities are anticipated to last approximately 24 months. The project is located at 43-01 Berrian Blvd in the Borough of Queens, New York.

Contact: Lisa Fuerst, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-4407, E-mail: lfuerst@dep.nyc.gov.


Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 2845 Richmond Avenue Retail Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Fox Hill II, Inc., for the retail expansion at 2845 Richmond Avenue. The applicant is seeking from the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) an authorization pursuant to Section 36-023 of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) for a group parking facility accessory to a commercial enlargement on a zoning lot in excess of four acres in a C4-1 zoning district, and for a reduction of the parking requirement of ZR Section 36-21.

The proposed project would add 55,300 gross square feet to the existing shopping center increasing it from 218,200 gross square feet to 273,500 gross square feet and increase the number of accessory parking spaces from 954 to 1,005. The project site, once enlarged, would generate a parking requirement of 1,923 on-site accessory spaces. With the requested authorization, the project would provide half of the required parking for the C4-1 district (919 spaces) and the full amount of the required parking for the C8-1 district (86 spaces). In addition, the proposed project would relocate an existing 9,000 gross square foot retail building from its current location to a location along the Richmond Avenue frontage of the site; reconfigure the existing parking area and add perimeter landscaping and interior landscaping pursuant to the landscaping requirements of ZR Section 37-92; and, eliminate one existing curb cut on Yukon Avenue and a second curb cut would be relocated to accommodate the expanded footprint of the shopping center. The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2012.

The project is located at 2845 Richmond Avenue in the New Springville neighborhood of Staten Island Community District 2, New York and is bounded by Richmond Avenue on the west, Yukon Avenue on the north, Independence Avenue on the south, and the MTA Yukon Avenue bus depot on the east.

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


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The Hudson River Park Trust, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Pier 57 Redevelopment Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on July 14, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Chelsea Market Events Space, 75 Ninth Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets, New York, New York. The action involves the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the Pier 57 site. The project site consists of historic Pier 57, adjacent lands underwater, and some associated upland area, all of which are located in Hudson River Park at approximately West 15th Street in the Borough of Manhattan, New York. Immediately adjacent to and east of the site are other portions of Hudson River Park and the Route 9A bikeway and roadway. Pier 57 is part of Hudson River Park, the creation of which was the subject of an environmental review in the late 1990s (Hudson River Park Final Environmental Impact Statement, May 1998). In 1998, the New York State Legislature passed the "Hudson River Park Act," Chapter 592 of the Laws of 1998 which created Hudson River Park and Hudson River Park Trust to design, build and operate it

Contact: Noreen Doyle, Hudson River Park Trust, 35 West Street, Pier 40, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014,Phone: (212) 627-2020, E-mail: Pier57comments@hrpt.state.ny.us.



Public Notice

Combined Notice of Complete Application, Notice of Acceptance of Draft Environmental Impacts Statement (Draft EIS), Public Hearing and Public Comment Period

Applicant:
Astoria Generating Company LP
18-01 20th Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11105-4271

Application Numbers:
DEC # 2-6301-00185/00009 - Air Title V
DEC # 2-6301-00185/00017 - Air Title IV

Project Description: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as Lead Agency for State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR), has determined that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS), draft Title IV and Title V air permits for the Luyster Creek Energy Project (Project), are complete for the purposes of public review and comment. NYS DEC has prepared draft permits and has made a tentative determination to approve the application of Astoria Generating Company, L.P, (Applicant).

The action involves two distinct components: the installation of an approximately 410 megawatt (MW) new combined cycle combustion turbine unit, and an emissions reduction strategy for the existing Astoria Generating Station (AGS). The new combustion turbine will be designed to start up and shutdown quickly, will utilize dry cooling, and have a stack height of approximately 180 feet. The project will be built on approximately 7.5 acres of the existing Fuel Oil Tank Farm (FOTF) parcel at the Asstoria Generating Station (AGS) within an area zoned for heavy manufacturing (industrial) use (M3-1). The new combustion turbine will be a Siemens H Series that is dual fuel-capable and burn natural gas as a primary fuel with ultra low sulfur diesel as backup fuel to be used for up to approximately 30 days annually. The use of ultra low sulfur diesel as backup fuel will require the addition of a new oil storage tank. Fuel delivery is currently via barge, and the Luyster Creek Energy Project will be electrically interconnecting into the grid via existing connections from the current units at AGS. The combustion turbine will operate in combined cycle mode and utilize an 84.7 mmBtu/hr gas only fired duct burner for supplemental firing. The project will also include the addition of a 30 mmBtu/hr heat input natural gas fired only auxiliary boiler.

The project will not significantly increase emissions from the facility. The facility will create future emission reduction credits (ERCs) which will be used as offsets to net the facility's emissions of all criteria contaminants below the significant increase thresholds. The ERCs used for netting will be generated by the shutdown of boiler 20 and the curtailment of operations of boilers 40 and 50 through federally enforceable permit limits. The total proposed ERCs in tons per year (tpy) to be created are: 81.1 NOx, 44.17 PM, 44.17 PM-10, 44.17 PM-2.5, and 2.23 VOC. Along with these ERCs the new project will cap to the following emission levels in tpy: 105.6 NOx, 54.07 PM, 54.07 PM-10, 54.07 PM-2.5, 26.23 VOC.

The facility is located along the East River, approximately 2,400 feet northeast of the Astoria Generating station at 18-01 20th Avenue in Astoria, Borough of Queens, New York, within the larger 600 + acre Astoria ConEd Complex.

In accordance with 6NYCRR Parts 621.7(b)(9) and 201-6.4(c), the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has the authority to bar issuance of any Title V Facility Permit if it is determined not to be in compliance with applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act or 6NYCRR Part 201.

Persons wishing to inspect the subject Title V files, including the application with all relevant supporting materials, the draft permit, and all other materials available to the DEC (the "permitting authority") that are relevant to this permitting decision should contact the NYS DEC representative listed below. The Draft Permit and Permit Review Report may be viewed and printed from the Department web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/32249.html.

NYS DEC will evaluate the applications and the comments received on it to determine whether to hold a public hearing. Comments and requests for a public hearing should be in writing and addressed to the Department representative listed below. A copy of the Department's permit hearing procedures is available upon request or on the Department web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6234.html.

Document Availability:
The DEIS, Title IV and V applications, the draft permit, and all relevant supporting materials are available for inspection at NYS DEC by contacting the NYS DEC representative listed below, or by downloading or reviewing the documents at the following locations:

Available on-line at any time:

NYS DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/66991.html
Luyster Creek Energy Project website: http://www.uspowergen.com/projects/luyster-creek/

Available during normal business hours:
NYS DEC Central Office - Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-1750

NYS DEC Region 2 Office - Division of Environmental Permits
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, New York 11101

Community Board 1
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106

Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432

Queens Borough Branch Public Library Astoria Branch
14-10 Astoria Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11102

Public Hearing and Comment:
A legislative public hearing session for the receipt of public comments on the Draft EIS, permit application, and draft permits will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m, with open house sessions at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., at the following location:

Riccardo's
21-01 24th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11102
For directions, you may access their website at: www.riccardos.com

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies that may be affected by the Project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments on the application. Lengthy comments should be submitted in writing, and equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. A copy of NYS DEC's permit hearing procedures is available upon request or on the NYS DEC web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6234.html.

Parties may also file written comments to the NYS DEC representative listed below. All written comments must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 9, 2011.

Contact: Stephen M. Tomasik, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, Fax: (518) 402-9168, E-mail: depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us.



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