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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/28/2011

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Cedar Grove Beach Rehabilitation. The Final EIS is available for review on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/parks/cedargroveeis.

The action involves the rehabilitation of a portion of Cedar Grove Beach, with the main goal being to provide improved access for the general public. The project is divided into two phases: Phase one includes demolition of certain structures on site and adaptive reuse of certain other structures for park related purposes. This work will include the shutdown and capping of utilities and removal of in-ground and/or above ground oil tanks as necessary, as well as abatement of any hazardous materials found pursuant to all applicable local, state and federal regulations. NYC DPR will restore the demolition sites with an appropriate landscape treatment. Phase one will also include minor rehabilitation of the existing pick-up-sport play area and parking improvement measures. Phase two involves construction of a new playground and new bike path. The project requires approvals for the following: New York City Department of Buildings approval for demolition plans; New York City Department of City Planning Coastal Zone consistency determination; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Freshwater and/or Tidal Wetlands Permit; NYS DEC Coastal Erosion Hazard Areas Approval; NYS DEC State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit for stormwater discharges associated with construction activities; New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) Section 1409 (approved in consultation with NYS DEC). The project is located in Great Kills Park, a 307 acre park, which extends from Miller Field to Great Kills Gateway National Recreation Area, along Lower New York Bay, in Staten Island, New York. The project site is comprised of approximately 30 acres within Cedar Grove Beach located south of Ebbitts Street.

Contact: Joshua Laird, NYC DPR, 830 Fifth Avenue Room 401, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 360- 3402, E-mail: Joshua.Laird@Parks.nyc.gov.

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