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ENB - Region 2 Notices 9/28/2011

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 577 Broadway will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by 577 Associates LLC, for a special permit pursuant to the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) section 74-711 to modify various use and bulk regulations related to Joint Living Work Quarters for Artists (JLWQA). The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to enlarge the third and fourth floors of an existing 5 story building as well as add a fifth floor penthouse facing Mercer Street, and a sixth floor penthouse facing Broadway Avenue. The enlargements would allow 23,354 square feet of additional floor area. The modifications to the building would enlarge 3 of the 8 existing JLWQA units in the building, without increasing the total number of units.

Specifically, the proposed actions would modify the following use regulations: 1) Section 42-14D(1)(a) to allow Joint Living Work Quarters for Artists (JLWQA) in a portion of a building erected subsequent to 1962, 2) Section 42-14(D)(1)(b) to allow JLWQA in a building fronting on Broadway with lot coverage exceeding 3,600 square feet, and 3) Section 42-14D(2)(c) to allow the conversion of the vacant cellar and sub-cellar levels of an existing building to a Use Group 6 use. Additionally, the following bulk regulations would be modified: 1) Section 43-17 to allow the enlargement of a building containing JLWQA and 2) Section 43-28 to encroach upon an existing non-complying rear yard, increasing the degree of non-compliance.

M1-5B zoning districts limits uses below the second story to wholesale, business service, warehouse and light industrial uses and has a floor area ratio of 5.0. The project site has full lot coverage on the sub-cellar, cellar, first and second floors. The cellar level and sub-cellar levels were all occupied by a non conforming restaurant use, Use Group 6 (retail), however the floors are now vacant.

In connection with the proposed special permit, any alteration of the historic building's facade will be restored, and the applicant has entered into a Restrictive Declaration with the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), to ensure the appropriate continuing protection, maintenance, and repair of the historic architectural features of the building. Absent the proposed actions, the existing conditions would remain. The build year for the project is 2012.

The project is located at 577 Broadway and 148 Mercer Street bounded by Mercer Street, Houston Street, Broadway and Prince Street, in a M1-5B Distrct within the Soho Cast Iron Historic District, in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 2, 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.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Retail Development at 450 New Dorp Lane will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice.

The action involves the construction of a new retail department store at 450-470 New Dorp Lane, the applicant, FNC Realty Corporation (doing business as FNC Real Estate Development), 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 new commercial development 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. In addition to the proposed authorization, the applicant is also seeking a certification from the NYCPC Chair, a ministerial action not subject to environmental review, pursuant to ZR Section 36-592 for the provision of a cross-access connection to serve a new retail development.

The proposed project would construct a new two story department store on the project site totaling approximately 100,000 gross square feet with 370 at-grade accessory parking spaces. Access to the project site would be provided by the four existing curb cuts, two on New Dorp Lane and two on Mill Road. Pursuant to parking requirements in C4-1 districts, the proposed retail development would generate a requirement of 664 accessory parking spaces, which is 294 more parking spaces (i.e., 44 percent of total spaces required) than that being proposed to be provided on the project site. The proposed retail development is expected to be completed by 2012.

The project is located at 450-470 New Dorp Lane in the New Dorp neighborhood of Staten Island Community District 2, New York, on the southwest corner of the block bounded by New Dorp Lane on the north, Mill Road on the east, Ebbitts Street on the south, and Hylan Boulevard on the west.

The conditions are: The applicant agrees via a restrictive declaration to be responsible for all costs associated with implementing the proposed traffic improvements for the intersection of New Dorp Lane and Hylan Boulevard. The improvements consist of intersection widening and restriping along New Dorp Lane at Hylan Boulevard and modification of the signalization to allow the westbound right turn from New Dorp Lane to occur at the same time as the exclusive left turn phase for the northbound and southbound lane groups on Hylan Boulevard. The improvements are to be installed and operational at the intersection of Hylan Boulevard and New Dorp Lane to the satisfaction of New York City\ Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) before the applicant is permitted to obtain a temporary or permanent Certificate of Occupancy for the proposed project.

Furthermore, the applicant will apply to NYC DOT six (6) months prior to completion and occupancy of the proposed project for examination of the conditions and investigation of the feasibility of additional off-site traffic improvement measures consisting of signal timing adjustments at the intersections of Allison Avenue/Ebbitts Street and Hylan Boulevard, New Dorp Lane and Clawson Street, New Dorp Lane and Mill Road, Ebbitts Street and Mill Road, and New Dorp Lane and Hylan Boulevard.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3420, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Seward Park Mixed-Use Development 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 October 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m. at the University Settlement House, 184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002. The Environmental Assessment Statement, Positive Declaration and draft Scope of Work are available for review on the following websites: www.nycedc.com/sewardpark and www.nyc.gov/oec.

The action involves the proposed implementation of a mixed-use development on the project site, which would include up to 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use residential and commercial development with approximately 60% of the floor area allocated to residential use and approximately 40% allocated to non- residential use. The proposed development would also allow for approximately 350 parking spaces. The project site is comprised of ten City-owned parcels. The proposed actions would include the disposition of City-owned property, a special permit from the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) for a Large-Scale General Development (LSGD), a special permit for bulk modifications within an LSGD, a special permit for location of accessory parking spaces and loading berths within an LSGD, street mapping and demapping, special permits for public parking facilities, zoning map changes and/or zoning text amendments, approval of one or more Urban Development Action Area Project(s) (UDAAP), and approval of business terms by the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor.

The project is located at Essex Street and Delancey Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Marilyn Lee, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3834, E-mail: mlee@nycedc.com.



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