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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/16/2012

Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Industrial Development Agency, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Fresh Direct LLC and U.T.F. Trucking Inc. will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the straight-lease transaction (Industrial Incentive and Commercial Growth Programs) for the benefit of Fresh Direct, LLC and U.T.F. Trucking, Inc., which are engaged in food manufacturing and distribution, in connection with the construction of a new approximately 500,547 square foot industrial, manufacturing and distribution facility and the acquisition and/or leasing and installation of machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures and other tangible personal property all for use therein. In addition, there will be a satellite truck facility with an approximately 10,000 square foot maintenance building, a parking structure of 1 to 3 stories and another separate small satellite parking facility. The facility and these satellite facilities will be located on an approximately 130,680 square foot parcel of land and an approximately 562,856 square foot parcel of land. The financial assistance proposed to be conferred by the New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYC IDA) will consist of exemption from City real property taxes, deferral from City and State mortgage recording taxes and exemption from City and State sales and use taxes. In addition, the NYC IDA will also acquire vehicles, equipment and other assets that will be available to the facility occupants for use in connection with operations at the facility. Funding assistance in the form of tax credits, capital grants, loans and other incentives from City and State agencies, including from Empire State Development, are proposed to be provided for the project. The project is located between East 132nd Street and the Harlem River, and between Willis Avenue Bridge to the west and the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge to the east, Bronx, New York.

Contact: Art Aguilar, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 618-5763, E-mail: aaguilar@nycedc.com.

New York County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bedford Stuyvesant North Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning (NYS DCP) for a zoning map amendment affecting all or portions of approximately 140 blocks and 5,911 lots, generally bounded by Lafayette Avenue and Quincy Street to the south, Classon and Franklin Avenues to the west, Broadway to the east, and Flushing Avenue to the north in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood, of Brooklyn Community District 3, New York.

The proposed action includes:

  • A Zoning Map amendment to change all or portions of approximately 140 blocks currently rezoned R5, R6, C4-3, and C8-2 districts to R6B, R6A, R7A, R7D, and C4-4L and to replace existing C1-2 and C1-3 overlay districts with C2-4 overlay districts, reduce overlay depth, and establish new C2-4 commercial overlay districts in order to reinforce established development patterns.
  • A Zoning Text amendment to establish a new C4-4L regional commercial zoning district for medium-density residential and commercial development along major retail or transit corridors where elevated train tracks are present.
  • A Zoning Text amendment to establish the Inclusionary Housing Program in the proposed R7A, R7D and C4-4L districts within the rezoning area in Brooklyn Community District 3.
  • A Zoning Text amendment to establish an Enhanced Commercial District in the rezoning area along Broadway between Flushing Avenue and Monroe Street.

Additionally, the project includes a Zoning Text amendment to require transparency on the ground floor in R7D districts mapped with a C2 commercial overlay, which would also apply to R9D districts mapped in conjunction with a C2 district, and in C4-5D districts. The text amendment would, additionally, modify regulations for R7D, R9D, C4-5D to allow elevators and stairs that provide access to residential portions of buildings in areas otherwise not allowed to contain residential uses. This proposal would affect currently mapped R7D zoning districts in Brooklyn Community Districts 3 and 13, and C4-5D zoning districts currently mapped in Bronx Community District 7.

The proposed actions seek to reinforce the character of the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood and ensure future development is consistent with the neighborhood's building patterns while creating growth opportunities and affordable housing development through the Inclusionary Housing Program, and promoting predictable and appropriate commercial development on major corridors by establishing commercial zoning regulations that foster a lively streetscape that is pedestrian-friendly and meets the community's needs for access to retail and services.

In order to assess the impacts associated with the proposed action, a Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario was established. 31 projected development sites were identified as most likely to be developed in the future with the proposed action. As a result of the proposed action, it is anticipated that new development on those sites would consist of a net increase of 790 dwelling units and 135,964 square feet of retail space, 28,182 square feet of office space and net decrease of 291,775 square feet of community facility space. Absent the proposed action, new development would occur as-of-right and consist of an increase in 1,198 dwelling units, 170,399 square feet of commercial retail space, 28,666 square feet office space and 380,826 square feet of community facility space. Additionally, 33 potential development sites were identified as less likely to be developed in the future with the proposed action. The affected area is currently zoned R5, R6, C4-3, and C8-2. The build year is 2022.

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to air quality, noise and hazardous materials, an (E) designation has been incorporated into the proposed actions.

Contact: Celeste, NYC DCP, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321, Email: c_evans@planning.nyc.gov.

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 West Harlem Rezoning. Copies of the Draft EIS are available for public inspection at the office of the undersigned. A public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will be held at a later date to be announced, in conjunction with the City Planning Commission's citywide public hearing pursuant to ULURP. Written comments on the DEIS are requested and would be received and considered by the Lead Agency until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) for zoning map and zoning text amendments. The proposed action includes:

(1) Zoning map amendments to

  • Replace the existing R7-2, R8, C8-3 and M1-1 zoning districts within the proposed rezoning area with R6A, R7A, R8A, C6-3X and M1-5/R7-2 districts;
  • Establish Special Mixed Use District (MX 15);
  • Map new commercial overlays along portions of West 155th Street, West 145th Street and Hamilton Place to promote and better support local retail development; and

(2) Zoning text amendments to

  • Apply the Inclusionary Housing Program to C6-3X (R9X equivalent zoning district) and R8A zoning districts located along West 145th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue;
  • Establish Special Mixed Use District 15 (MX 15) in West Harlem;
  • Require all R8 districts north of West 125th Street within Manhattan Community District 9 to be developed pursuant to the R8 Quality Housing Program.

The Proposed Action is intended to preserve the existing context and scale of the residential neighborhood while allowing modest residential growth where appropriate. The Proposed Action would also physically and economically activate an existing manufacturing area to expand and enhance future job creation and promote mixed use development. Furthermore, the Proposed Action would strengthen the West 145th Street corridor by expanding future development opportunity while providing incentives for affordable housing through the Inclusionary Housing Program.

Thus, the proposed project is subject to environmental review under the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) and City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) regulations and guidelines. The NYC DCP will act as the CEQR lead agency for this proposal.

The analysis year for the proposal is 2021.

The project is located within an approximately 90 block area in the West Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 9, New York. It is bounded generally by West 126th Street to the south, West 155th Street to the north, Edgecombe, Bradhurst, Convent Avenues to the east and Riverside Drive to the west.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC DCP, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, Email: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.

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