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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/11/2012

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Irma C. Pollack LLC for a site known as the Kristal Auto Mall, site ID #C224140. This site is located in Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 5200 Kings Highway. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than February 10, 2012. Information regarding the site, the application, and how to submit comments can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/60058.html or send comments to Hasan Ahmed, NYS DEC - Region 2, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-7452, E-mail: hrahmed@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

Kings and Queens Counties (Brooklyn and Queens) - The New York City Office of the Mayor, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed National Grid Brooklyn-Queens Interconnect will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by National Grid to expand its existing natural gas infrastructure in Brooklyn and Queens to reinforce its natural gas transmission and distribution systems and to provide for projected increases in energy demand in both Brooklyn and Queens in the Rockaway Peninsula. National Grid proposes to install new steel natural gas pipelines in two phases. Phase I of the project would be the installation of two parallel (12 and 26 inch) underground natural gas pipelines between Flatbush Avenue at a point in the vicinity of the southernmost airplane hangar on Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, to Beach 169th Street south of Rockaway Point Boulevard on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens - a distance of approximately 8,300 feet. Phase II would result in the installation of a 30 inch steel natural gas pipeline beneath Hendrickson Street south of Avenue U to Hendrickson Place then along Hendrickson Place to Flatbush Avenue and then south to the northern terminus of Phase I - a distance of approximately 12,000 feet.

The proposed project would (1) improve gas system infrastructure in the New York metropolitan area, (2) reinforce the gas transmission and distribution systems in Brooklyn and Queens in the Rockaway Peninsula, (3) provide added reliability of service, (4) diversify the natural gas supply source for Brooklyn and Queens, (5) provide for projected future increases in energy demand (meeting both near and long term load growth in National Grid's gas distribution system), (6) diversify overall energy supply sources in New York City, and (7) improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The project is located under the Rockway Inlet, and various streets in Brooklyn and Queens, New York.

Contact: Robert R. Kulikowski, New York City Office of the Mayor, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 788-2937, E-mail: rkulikowski@cityhall.nyc.


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 New York University (NYU) Core. A public hearing on the DEIS will be held at a later date to be announced. Advance notice will be given of the time and place of the hearing. A hard copy of the Draft EIS is available 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, Robert R. Kulikowski, New York City Office of the Mayor, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956 or on line 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 a proposal by the applicant, NYU, for an expansion of NYU facilities at its academic core near Washington Square and is seeking a number of discretionary actions from the New York City Planning Commission (NYC CPC) including a rezoning, two zoning text amendments, and a large-scale general development (LSGD) special permit with bulk modifications. NYU is also requesting a change to the City Map that would demap four areas within the mapped rights-of-way of Mercer Street, LaGuardia Place, West 3rd Street and West 4th Street, and the subsequent disposition of portions of those demapped areas along with easements in other portions to NYU, and the mapping of portions of two of the demapped areas as a public park. Other discretionary actions needed to facilitate NYU's proposed project include the elimination of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD) Deed Restrictions on two blocks, potential funding or financing approvals from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), site selection by New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA), and New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) revocable consent for utility lines beneath City streets.

The proposed actions would facilitate the development by NYU of two primarily academic buildings, a mixed-use building containing academic, dormitory, hotel/conference space, faculty housing and retail uses, and a building containing a public school, academic and dormitory uses. The proposed project would also include an athletic center, approximately 3.8 acres of parkland and publicly-accessible open spaces, and replacement accessory parking facilities.

The project area consists of three subareas - the primary subarea is bounded by LaGuardia Place to the west, Mercer Street to the east, West Houston Street to the south, and West Third Street to the north; the second is bounded by Washington Square East and University Place to the west, Mercer Street to the east, West Fourth Street to the south, and the northern boundary of the existing R6-2 zoning district near East Eighth Street to the north; and, the third is bounded by the western sidewalk of Mercer Street to the east, the existing NYU property line east of Weaver Hall to the west, West Third Street to the south, and West Fourth Street to the north. All areas are located in Manhattan Community District 2, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone:(212) 720-3423.


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