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ENB - Region 2 Notices 4/25/2012

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Silverstein MB LLC for a site known as the Former West 41st Street Car Dealership Site, site ID #C231077. This site is located in the City of New York, within the County of New York, and is located at 536 West 41st Street, 10036-6201. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than May 25, 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: Robert Filkins, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau B, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9768, E-mail: rhfilkin@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Chelsea Market Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Jamestown Premier Chelsea Market, LP, for zoning map and text amendments that would extend the Special West Chelsea District and make text changes to certain sections of the Special West Chelsea District (NYC Zoning Resolution Section Article IX, Chapter 8) in connection with a proposal to expand Chelsea Market. The proposed actions would involve a full city block, which is controlled by the applicant, to the Special West Chelsea District while maintaining the underlying existing manufacturing (M1-5) zoning; allow an increase in the maximum permitted floor area ratio (FAR) from 5.0 to 7.5 in exchange for contributions to the High Line Improvement Fund and provision of certain High Line amenities; and establish specific height, setback, and other building envelope bulk controls to govern the form of new expansions on the project site.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to expand the Chelsea Market complex with approximately 359,000 gross square feet of office and hotel space. Approximately 255,000 gross square feet of office space would be added on top of the western portion of the existing complex (Tenth Avenue) resulting in a total height of 230 feet. An approximately 104,000 gross square feet hotel would be added to the northeast corner of the complex (Ninth Avenue) resulting in a total height of 160 feet. The proposed hotel space would have approximately 150 guest rooms. The proposed project would also renovate some existing space, including access to or reconfiguring lobbies on the first floor to accommodate the new office and hotel towers. The proposed project would take approximately eighteen (18) months to construct according to the applicant, and would be completed in 2014. However, although the applicant anticipates constructing the office use concurrently with the hotel use, the proposed zoning text contains an allowance for the development of office expansion first so long as the full High Line amenities along Tenth Avenue are provided no later than 2017.

The applicant intends to construct the office expansion component (i.e., the Tenth Avenue building) with massing, setbacks of facades, contemporary designs and use of materials that differentiate the building from the original building while remaining harmonious with the industrial character of the original building, as shown in the Concept Plan. A Restrictive Declaration will be executed and recorded against the property as part of the proposed action. This Restrictive Declaration will require the applicant to submit the final design plans for the Tenth Avenue building to the CPC Chair for a determination that they are consistent with the Concept Plan.

The directly affected area is bounded by West 16th Street on the north, Ninth Avenue on the east, West 15th Street on the south, and Tenth Avenue on the west in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York.

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


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Metropolitan Museum of Art-Plaza Renovations will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the approval of alterations to the Museum's Fifth Avenue plaza and South Drive. The project includes the removal and replacement of pavers, vegetation, and the north and south fountains on the plaza. The Fifth Avenue plaza would be fully renovated and would include two new fountains, new trees and ornamental plantings, new movable and permanent seating, benches and tables, and food and visitor services kiosks. Improvements would be made to the Museum's South Drive. The project also would update the Museum's signage at the plaza and South Drive, modify the Museum's site and facade lighting systems, and replace a guard booth at the 84th Street loading dock entrance in kind. The project is located within Central Park at 1000 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Tracey Knuckles, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017, Phone: (212) 513-9300, E-mail: tknuckles@culture.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Veterans Plaza Food Store 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, Savo Plaza LLC to the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) for a zoning map amendment from M1-1 manufacturing district to a C8-2 commercial district, a special permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-743 for bulk modifications, and authorizations pursuant to ZR Sections 107-65 and 107-68 to alter the existing natural topography and provide for additional accessory off-street parking spaces. The applicant is also seeking certifications from the NYCPC Chair for a cross access connection along the eastern property line and not require other cross access connections along the western and northern property lines. The proposed zoning map amendment, special permit, and authorizations for parking are discretionary actions. The proposed authorization to modify topography and proposed certifications concerning cross access connections are ministerial actions, which are not subject to environmental review.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to redevelop a parcel with an approximately 70,000 zoning square foot food store with accessory off-street parking for 233 cars and accessory loading for 7 loading berths. The proposed food store would be 19 feet in height except for the loading area which would be 27 feet in height. Access to the proposed project site would be provided via two new curb cuts, one along Veterans Road West and another along the existing main driveway entrance to the Bricktown Centre shopping center. It is expected that the proposed grocery store and parking area would be constructed and occupied by 2013.

The directly affected area consist of portions of three parcels fronting Veterans Road West between Waunner Street (a paper street) and Tyrellan Avenue and adjacent to the Bricktown Centre shopping center in the Charleston neighborhood of Staten Island, New York.

The conditions are:

The applicant agrees to perform the remediation measures as articulated in its February 2012 Remedial Action Plan (RAP) that was reviewed and approved by New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP). The remediation measures include excavation to the depth of construction and installation of a 20-mil vapor barrier beneath the foundation of the proposed structure; disposal of impacted soil in accordance with all federal, state and local regulations; removal of underground storage tanks if encountered during remediation and/or construction and installation of at least one foot of clean soil in areas not capped with asphalt or concrete; dust control and soil stockpiling procedures.

The applicant also agrees to adhere to its Construction Health and Safety Plan (CHASP) to ensure the protection of on-site workers, monitoring plan, and other safety requirements during construction of the applicant's proposed building. Furthermore, the applicant agrees to submit to NYC DEP, upon the completion of the proposed project, a Professional Engineer certified Remedial Closure Report

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


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed CornellNYC Tech Campus may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., June 8, 2012. A public scoping session will be held on May 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm. at the Manhattan Park Community Center, 8 River Road, Roosevelt Island, New York. The action involves the development of a new applied sciences and engineering campus, CornellNYC Tech in collaboration with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, on the site of the existing Goldwater Memorial Hospital on Roosevelt Island in the Borough of Manhattan. Beginning in 2014, over a period of approximately 24 years, Cornell University proposes development that would entail construction of three new Cornell academic research buildings, three new buildings for partner research and development facilities, three new residential buildings to house a portion of the Cornell academic population affiliated with the new campus, an academic-oriented hotel with conference facility, two central energy plants, a modest amount of campus-oriented retail space, and approximately 7.5 acres of publicly-accessible open space. In addition, parking may be provided for the hotel and the research and development facilities. The total amount of development would be approximately 2.13 million square feet in the anticipated completion year of 2038.

The first phase of development would be complete by 2018 and would encompass the demolition of the existing, vacated Goldwater Memorial Hospital, construction of approximately 200,000 square feet of academic research facilities, approximately 100,000 square feet of partner research and development space, approximately 300,000 square feet of residential space (approximately 442 dwelling units), approximately 170,000 square feet for the academic hotel/conference facility, approximately 20,000 square feet for the energy plant, and approximately 250 parking spaces. The remainder of the development would be built out over a period of approximately 20 years.

The project is located on Roosevelt Island, in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Robert R. Kulikowski, New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 788-9956, E-mail: rkulikowski@cityhall.nyc.gov.


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