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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/31/2011

Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lower English Kills Aeration will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of a third blower in an existing NYC DEP building and the installation of 2,985 feet of air header piping with air diffusers along the bottom channel portion of the Lower English Kills in order to increase the dissolved oxygen concentration to levels necessary to meet the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) mandated Class SO water quality. The proposed project is Phase II of the Newtown Creek Water Quality Facility Planning Project (WQFP). The WQFP was developed to address NYS DEC's 2004 Consent Order, which requires NYC DEP to improve water quality through combined sewer overflow (CSO) and non-CSO abatement strategies.

The existing system contains two blowers of 1,750 cubic feet per minute (CFM) capacity each. The system delivers 1,750 CFM via a six-inch diameter air header and diffusers to Upper English Kills. The blower for the proposed action would also have a capacity of 1,750 CFM. The system would run with one blower on for the Upper English Kills and one blower on for the Lower English Kills. The third blower would be on standby as a back-up for either of the two active blowers. The blowers would be activated in 15 minute intervals for a total of one hour per month, during non-operating times (October through April), for 12 hours per day, 15 days per month during transition periods (May and September), and 24 hours per day during peak operation periods (June through August).

The project is located at 1106 Grand Street and Lower English Kills, Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Mitchell Wimbish, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-4451, E-mail: mwimbish@dep.nyc.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Saint Vincents Campus Redevelopment. Copies of the Draft EIS 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, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956. The online version of the Draft EIS is available at 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 two proposed projects, the East Site project and the Center for Comprehensive Care. The proposed projects would be developed independently of each other, the proposed East Site project by RSV, LLC and the Center for Comprehensive Care by North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJ). They would also be subject to different approval processes. To develop the East Site project, a number of land use approvals are needed from the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC). No City land use approvals are needed for the Center for Comprehensive Care, but it is subject to New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) approval.

The applicant for the East Site is seeking from the NYCPC zoning map and zoning text amendments as well as special permits for a large-scale general development project (LSGD). The proposed zoning map action would rezone the block between West 11th and 12th Streets east of Seventh Avenue from C2-6 to C6-2 for the portion within 100 feet of Seventh Avenue and rezone the adjacent midblock portion from R6 and C1-6 to R8. The zoning text amendments would permit the floor area ratio available for certain LSGDs within Manhattan Community District 2 to be used without regard to height factor or open space ratio requirements and allow for a reduction in open space requirements for appropriate open space with superior landscaping. The applicant for the East Site is also requesting special permits under ZR Sections 74-743, 74-744, and 13-561 to waive certain bulk and open space requirements for their LSGD and to permit an accessory parking garage on their site.

The proposed Center for Comprehensive Care is consistent with current zoning and will not require approvals from the NYCPC. A Certificate of Need (CON) approval is required from the NYS DOH for the Center for Comprehensive Care. A CON application has been filed by NSLIJ. There will be review of the Center for Comprehensive Care by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP).

The projects encompass one block and two partial blocks on either side of Seventh Avenue between West 13th Street and West 11th Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, new York (i.e., the former campus of Saint Vincent's Hospital Manhattan) and is wholly within the Greenwich Village Historic District.

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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