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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/18/2012

Public Notice

Notice of Document Availability and Public Meeting with Comment Period

Project Title: Westchester Creek Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan Report

County: Queens

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Division of Water, Albany

Brief Description:

Under a 2005 Consent Order with the NYSDEC, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) has prepared a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan (WWFP) for Westchester Creek. The WWFP outlines the work that has been done to-date and future plans for improving water quality in Westchester Creek, including construction of weir modifications at relief structures CSO-29A and CSO-29 and a parallel sewer for Pugsley Creek. The WWFP is the first step in the process of meeting water quality standards. The Long Term Control Plan (LTCP), prepared in accordance with the USEPA CSO Policy, will be developed by the NYC DEP upon approval of the WWFP by NYS DEC.

Public Meeting: Thursday, January 24, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverbay Community Center, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Room 31, Bronx, New York, 10475.

Document Repositories: Copies of the Westchester Creek WWFP Report are available for viewing weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at NYC DEP's Bureau of Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 19th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373. Contact: Mark Lanaghan at (718) 595 3519 or markl@dep.nyc.gov.

The WWFPs can also be found on-line at: http://www.hydroqual.com/projects/ltcp/wbws/index.htm.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period will commence on January 19, 2012 and conclude on February 17, 2012.

Questions and written comments for the record may be directed to: Gary Kline, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506, Phone: (518) 402-9655, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: gekline@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Notice of Document Availability and Public Meeting with Comment Period

Project Title: Flushing Creek Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan Report

County: Queens

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) - Division of Water, Albany

Brief Description:

Under a 2005 Consent Order with the NYSDEC, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has prepared Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plans (WWFP) for Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek. The WWFP outlines the work that has been done to-date and future plans for improving water quality in Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek, including construction of a 43 million gallon CSO storage facility, installation of bending weirs at six locations in the Bowery Bay high-level interceptor, diversion of flow from the Bowery Bay high-level interceptor to the low-level interceptor, construction of a parallel Whitestone interceptor, and rehabilitation of the Flushing interceptor. The WWFP is the first step in the process of meeting water quality standards. The Long Term Control Plan (LTCP), prepared in accordance with the USEPA CSO Policy, will be developed by the DEP upon approval of the WWFP by NYSDEC.

Public Meeting: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation's Al Oerter Recreation Center Multi Purpose Room at 131-40 Fowler Avenue, Flushing NY 11355.

Document Repositories: Copies of the Flushing Bay WWFP Report and Flushing Creek WWFP Report are available for viewing weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm at DEP's Bureau of Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 19th Floor, Flushing NY 11373. Contact: Mark Lanaghan at (718) 595 3519 or markl@dep.nyc.gov.

The WWFPs can also be found on-line at: http://www.hydroqual.com/projects/ltcp/wbws/index.htm.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period will commence on January 19, 2012 and conclude on February 17, 2012.

Questions and written comments for the record may be directed to: Gary Kline, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506, Phone: (518) 402-9655, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: gekline@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Special Enhanced Commercial Districts 2 and 3 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning for a zoning text amendment and a zoning map amendment to establish the Special Upper West Side Enhanced Commercial District - 2 (EC-2), and the Special Upper West Side Enhanced Commercial District - 3 (EC-3). The area to which the Special Districts would apply covers 77 blockfronts along Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue currently zoned C2-7A, R10A, R10A/C1-5, R10A/C2-5, C1-9, C2-8, R8/C1-5, R8A/C2-5, R9/C1-5, and C1-8A, and 73 blockfronts along Broadway currently zoned C4-6A, R9A/C1-5, and C2-8A.

The proposed Special Districts would promote a vibrant mix of uses in the Upper West Side in new buildings and enlargements through a combination of frontage limitations and transparency requirements. Along Broadway, banks will be limited to 25 feet of ground floor frontage and residential lobbies will be limited to 25 feet of ground floor frontage; along Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue, banks will be limited to 25 feet of ground floor frontage, residential lobbies will be limited to 15 feet of ground floor frontage, and all other commercial/community facility uses will be limited to 40 feet of frontage, with at least 2 establishments for every 50 feet of zoning lot frontage. Along all three avenues, transparency of at least 50% will be required in new buildings between 2 feet and 12 feet from the sidewalk. This proposal would not modify or expand the uses currently permitted under the existing zoning district regulations.

The New York City Department of City Planning also proposes mapping a C1-5 commercial overlay in the affected area to the west side of Columbus Avenue and to the middle of the block between 77th and 76th Streets, to a length of 100 feet from 77th and to a depth of 100 feet. The area is currently zoned R10A with no overlay. The R10A would remain unchanged.

The analysis year for the proposed actions is 2022.

The project is located Broadway bounded by 72nd Street and 110th Street on the west side, and 74th Street and 110th Street on the east side; Amsterdam Avenue bounded by 75th Street and 110th Street on the west side, excluding the blocks between 100th - 101st and 102 - 103rd Streets, and bounded by 73rd and 87th Streets, and 105th and 109th Streets on the east side of the avenue; Columbus Avenue bounded by 72nd and 87th Streets in Manhattan, Community District 7, 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

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Albert Einstein College of Medicine Large Scale Community Facilities Development 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 a proposal by the applicant, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), which is part of Yeshiva University and the Staff Housing Co., Inc., is requesting (1) a minor modification of a previously approved authorization, (2) a special permit and (3) an authorization affecting the AECOM Large Scale Community Facilities Development (LSCFD) plan (N920570ZAX).

The proposed minor modification would expand the LSCFD boundaries to include two newly constructed facilities. The two facilities are the Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine (CGTM), a 140,024 square foot building containing institutional uses and the Van Etten Building, a vacant 428,900 square foot building.

The proposed authorization and special permit would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct two additional levels plus provide roof parking above the Staff Housing Garage, a 690 space accessory parking garage located within the LSCFD. The facility provides short and long term parking for AECOM staff, students, residents and visitors.

The proposed garage expansion would add 310 accessory spaces above the garage, bringing the total capacity of the facility to 1,000 spaces. Accessory parking spaces required for the Price Center and other facilities within the LSCFD would be located within the proposed garage expansion.

Absent the proposed action, the Staff Housing Garage and LSCFD boundaries will remain unchanged. The analysis year for this proposal is 2013.

The project is located within the Morris Park neighborhood of Bronx, Community District 11, New York. The area is generally bounded by a line parallel to and 620 feet from Morris Park Avenue to the north, Eastchester Road to the south and east and Seminole Avenue, Newport Avenue and Tenbroeck Avenue to the west.

The conditions are: The New York City Planning Commission has determined that the proposed action will have no significant effect on the quality of the environment, once it is modified as follows: The applicant agrees to undertake a Transportation Monitoring Program (TMP), which would be submitted to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) for approval upon completion and occupation of the Staff Housing Garage Expansion. Upon completion and occupation of the Staff Housing Garage Expansion, the applicant will retain a traffic consultant to prepare a scope of work for the follow-up traffic study for NYC DOT's review and approval. The follow-up study will involve data collection and Levels of Service (LOS) analysis to demonstrate peak period traffic operations in the vicinity of the Staff Housing Garage and will compare the traffic volumes and LOS to identify whether traffic improvement measures in the original study are warranted or if other measures are necessary for implementation. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: r_dobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


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 Saint Vincents Campus Redevelopment. A hard copy of the Final EIS is available at the following locations: 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 Robert Kulikowski, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956. The online version of the Final EIS is available New York City Department of City Planning's website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The action involves the proposed East Site project and the Center for Comprehensive Care (proposed projects). The proposed projects would be developed independently of each other, the proposed East Site project by West Village Residences 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) contingent approval has been issued by the NYS DOH for the Center for Comprehensive Care. The CON approval included review of the Center for Comprehensive Care by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP).

The site of the proposed projects encompasses 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, E-mail: r_dobrus@planning.nyc.gov.



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