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ENB - Region 2 Notices 7/6/2011

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York, Revenue Bonds, Series 2011 (Whitney Museum of American Art) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the issuance by the Trust of an amount not to exceed $125 million in the aggregate of Revenue Bonds, Series 2011 (Whitney Museum of American Art), and the funding of a loan to be made by the Trust to the Museum with the proceeds of the Revenue Bonds. The proceeds of the loan will be used by Whitney Museum of American Art (WMAA) to fund portions of the Gansevoort Project. The project will include, without limitation, (1) indoor and outdoor gallery and exhibition spaces, (2) classrooms, (3) a reading room and study center, (4) an art conservation area, (5) indoor and outdoor public gathering spaces and multi-use areas for the display of film, video and the performing arts, (6) an approximately 170 seat auditorium, (7) office space, (8) restaurant and other dining facilities, (9) one or more bookstores or other retail facilities, and (10) certain ancillary facilities related to the foregoing. Some of the buildings previously part of the Gansevoort Meat Market located on the project site were demolished by The City of New York and others were demolished by the Museum before the property was conveyed to the Museum. The portion of former Lot 1 that is outside the project site contains buildings used for meatpacking, which will continue to be used by meatpacking businesses. The portion of former Lot 10 that is outside the project site contains the High Line. A separate facility dedicated to the administration, operation and maintenance of the High Line will be constructed on an adjacent site. That project will contain space for equipment and machinery for the High Line's maintenance, as well as offices, public restrooms, a community room and an elevator providing for public access to the High Line. The project is located on the southern portion of the block bounded by Gansevoort Street, Tenth Avenue (West Street), Little West 12th Street, and Washington Street on the west side of Lower Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Donald H. Elliott, The Trust for Cultural Resources of The City of New York, c/o Butzel Long, 380 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Phone: (212) 818-1110.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Brooklyn Bay Center. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on July 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Spector Hall, at the Department of City Planning located at 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Comments are requested on the DEIS and will be accepted until Monday, July 25, 2011. Copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Final Scope of Work for the proposed Brooklyn Bay Center 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 Robert Kulikowski, Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 788-2937; and on the New York City Department of City Planning's website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Thor Shore Parkway Developers, LLC, Inc., to redevelop the property with a two-story commercial building containing 214,000 gross square feet of Use Group 6 and 10 retail uses; 97,000 square feet of publicly accessible waterfront open space, and an unattended 690 space above-grade accessory parking garage. The project site is currently occupied by a bus storage facility, consisting of two 1 to 2 story buildings and an at grade parking lot, which would be demolished. The build year for the proposed project is 2013.

In order to develop this proposed project, certain discretionary approvals are required from the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) and City Council. These actions include a zoning map amendment from M3-1 to M1-1 and special permits related to commercial development in a M1-1 district, bulk modifications on waterfront blocks and signage requirements within a General Large-Scale Development. The proposed project is subject to environmental review under the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) and City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) regulations and guidelines. Approvals are also required from New York State Department of State Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) (for NYS DEC Tidal Wetlands Article 25, NYS DEC Protection of Waters Article 15, Coastal Erosion Hazard Area, NYS DEC Water Quality Certification Section 401, ACE Nationwide Permit #13, and ACE Rivers/Harbors Section 10 Permits) to permit any in-water work, stabilization of riprap, outfalls, upland building, and esplanade coverage; State pollutant discharge elimination system (SPDES) Permit from NYS DEC, to permit the discharge of stormwater during and after construction; and Beneficial Use Determination (BUD), including a Soil Management Plan (SMP) from NYS DEC to permit the on-site reuse of soil from the western half of the project site to the eastern half of the project site.

The project is located at 1752 Shore Parkway along the western shore of Gravesend Bay (Lower New York Bay) in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 11, New York.

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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