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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/24/2011

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Brooklyn Bay Center. Copies of the Final EIS are available for public inspection at the office of the contact listed below.

The action involves the development of an approximately 214,000 square foot, 60 foot tall commercial building (63.5 feet to the top of the parapet) currently anticipated to be a BJ's Wholesale Club, along with up to three other retail stores on the second level; a three level public parking garage with approximately 690 parking spaces; and approximately 2.4 acres of publicly accessible waterfront open space on the project site.

Development of the proposed project requires approvals from the New York City Planning Commission (NYC PC) and New York City City Council for the following actions: Zoning map amendment, to change zoning on the project site from M3-1 to M1-1; Special permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) §74-922 to permit certain large retail establishments greater than 10,000 square feet; Special permit pursuant to ZR §62-836 to modify bulk regulations on a waterfront block; Special permit pursuant to ZR §74-744(c) to permit modification of signage regulations in General Large-Scale Developments; Special permit pursuant to ZR §74-512 to permit a public parking garage with rooftop parking outside a high-density central area; NYC PC Authorization pursuant to ZR §62-822(a) to modify waterfront public access and visual corridors; and Chairperson certification pursuant to ZR §62-811 that the required waterfront public access and visual corridors have been provided pursuant to ZR §62-50 and 62-60. The project would also require State and Federal approvals and actions.

The proposed actions are expected to result in significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials and traffic. The applicant has entered into a New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) Restrictive Declaration to ensure there would be no significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials. To ensure that the Restrictive Declaration will be executed and recorded, an (E) designation has been incorporated into the proposed actions. In addition, measures consisting of retiming/reconfiguring signal controls and installing a new traffic signal are proposed to mitigate all but one of the significant adverse traffic impacts. Consequently, the proposed actions would result in an unmitigated significant adverse traffic impact.

Absent the proposed actions, current conditions are expected to remain unchanged, and the bus storage operation would remain on the project site. It is anticipated that the proposed development would be complete and operational by 2013.

The project is located at 1752 Shore Parkway, on the west side of the Shore Parkway South between 24th Avenue and Bay 37th Street, east of Gravesend Bay (Lower New York Bay) in Brooklyn, Community District 11, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.

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