ENB - Region 2 Notices 4/11/2012
New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 165 West 80th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by NYC HPD, on behalf of the project sponsor, CATCH/West 80th Street, HDFC, for the disposition of City owned property and designation of the project site as an Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP). These actions would facilitate the moderate rehabilitation of a 5 story apartment building located at 165 West 80th Street in the Upper Westside neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 7, New York. In connection with the disposition/UDAAP, NYC HPD would provide construction financing to the project sponsor to assist with the proposed moderate rehabilitation activities.
The existing building on the project site is located in the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC)-designated Upper Westside/Central Park West Historic District. The building contains a total of approximately 11,885 square feet of floor area including a total of 39 efficiency units and a small doctor's office totaling approximately 387 square feet. The proposed rehabilitation consists of various exterior and interior restorations and alterations, with no changes to the overall floor area. The project sponsor proposes to convert two sets of existing small efficiency units into one-bedroom apartments. No reconfiguration is proposed to the doctor's office.
Pursuant to Section 25-306 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and in order to ensure that the proposed project would not result in any significant adverse impacts to historic resources, the project sponsor is required to apply for permits from NYC LPC and must perform all rehabilitation activities in accordance with these permits, when issued.
Contact: Patrick S. Blanchfield, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 9I-6, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5056, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Revised Waterfront Revitalization Program will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) to revise the Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP) pursuant to New York City Charter section 197-a. The proposed action would facilitate the revision of the Waterfront Revitalization Program as called for in Vision 2020, the City's comprehensive waterfront plan. This proposal seeks to promote the economic, ecological, and recreational vitality of New York City's waterfronts while concurrently ensuring consistency with federal, state, and local policies. The WRP is applicable to all land and water that falls within New York City, New York's Coastal Zone Boundary (CZB). The Coastal Zone encompasses all city waterways extending to the Westchester County, Nassau County, and New Jersey boundaries, as well as the three mile territorial limit in the Atlantic Ocean. In developed upland areas, the Coastal Zone extends to the nearest mapped street at least 300 feet landward of the Median High Tide Line, while in undeveloped upland areas it stretches to the legally mapped street nearest to the first man-made physical barrier. City Island, Broad Channel, and the Rockaway Peninsula are included within the Coastal Zone Boundary in their entirety.
Through revising the WRP, NYC DCP is proposing to update the Coastal Zone Boundary to reflect the most current Flood Zones as designated by FEMA Flood Rate Insurance Maps. Projects located within the Coastal Zone seeking discretionary actions will be required to assess their consistency with the WRP. This only applies to projects where discretionary action is already required, this would not add a new burdensome review, nor would it induce any new as-of-right development. Other components of the proposed action include:
Projects located within one block of a Significant Maritime and Industrial Area (SMIA) would be required to consider means to maximize the compatibility of new residential development with existing maritime and industrial uses.
- Industrial projects, regardless of location inside or outside of an SMIA, would be required to consider the health and well-being of surrounding communities, businesses, local workers, and natural resources.
- The policy on non-maritime development in SMIAs has been clarified to strengthen the prioritization of water-dependent uses while allowing for a mix of uses to spur reinvestment when appropriate.
- Projects located within the proposed Arthur Kill Ecologically Sensitive Maritime and Industrial Area would be required to consider means to encourage a harmonious relationship between working waterfront uses, compatible upland development, and natural resources.
- Proposed access facilities for in-water recreation would be evaluated based on a set of criteria on what types of sites are safe and suitable.
- Designs of piers and bulkheads would be required to consider means to accommodate a range of vessel types.
- Projects would be required to assess their vulnerabilities to and impacts of sea level rise, coastal flooding, and storm surge over their lifespan as projected by New York City's climate change projections. Projects would then be required to consider incorporating techniques to address risks identified.
- Project would be required to examine the unenclosed storage of industrial materials which may pose public-health risks in the event of flooding or storm surge and consider the use of best practices to ensure the safety of workers and residents of adjacent neighborhoods.
- Projects involving new public access areas would be required to consider a set of design principles for waterfront public spaces.
- Waterfront developments that are publicly funded or on publicly owned land would be required to provide public waterfront access where safe and feasible.
In addition, the maps to which many of the policies refer have been updated with clearer boundary delineation, to reflect changes in conditions, and to account for the variation within the Coastal Zone. Two new area designations, the Priority Marine Activity Zones (PMAZ) and the Recognized Ecological Complexes (REC), have been mapped and specific policies have been created that are tailored to specific conditions within those areas. Under the revised policies, projects within those would be required to consider shoreline designs that would allow for vessel berthing or tie-up. RECs are sites identified by local and regional restoration plans as target restoration sites. Under the revised policies, projects within RECs would be required to consider strategies to promote ecological remediation and restoration.
These policies are not a significant departure from what was previously required, but is a rather a more detailed and finely-grained set of policies to reflect the varied conditions, uses, and goals for the city's Coastal Zone. This assessment of consistency is integrated into other review procedures depending on the type of project. For instance, for projects requiring a local discretionary action, the WRP consistency assessment is integrated into the City Environmental Quality Review procedures. Accordingly, the revised version would not place a new burden on existing discretionary review procedures. These revisions would not induce any new development, nor would they affect the type, amount, or location of future development.
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: email@example.com.
Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS
New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City of Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project. The Draft GEIS is available on line at: www.nyc.gov/oec. The action involves the proposed implementation of a mixed-use development project, which would include approximately 1.65 million square feet of mixed-use development on nine city-owned sites 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 up to 500 parking spaces. The proposed actions would include the disposition of City owned property; a special permit from the New York City Planning Commission for a Large-Scale General Development (LSGD); a special permit for use modifications within an LSGD; street mapping; authorization to modify signage regulations; special permits for public parking facilities; zoning map changes; zoning text amendments; acquisition; and designation of sites as an Urban Development Action Area Project(s). The project is located on Essex Street and Delancey Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York.
Contact: Marilyn Lee, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3834, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing
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 Core. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on April 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian at the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House located at One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until May 7, 2012. Copies of the Draft EIS may be obtained from the 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, New York 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 a proposal by the applicant, New York University (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 (NYCPC) 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 New York 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, and New York City Department of Transportation 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, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.