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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/23/2012

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Kent & Wythe Owners LLC; 149 Kent Avenue LLC; and The Western Carpet and Linoleum Co., Inc. for a site known as 149 Kent Avenue, site ID #C224159. This site is located in the City of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 149 Kent Avenue, 11211. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than June 22, 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: Ioana Munteanu-Ramnic, NYS DEC -Region 2 Office, One Hunters Point Plaza, 1st Floor, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-4065, E-mail: ixmuntea@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The City of New York - Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Borinquen Court Apartments Rehabilitation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Borinquen Court Associates, L.P., for construction financing from the City of New York - Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD) for the rehabilitation of a seven story apartment building. The property is located substantially contiguous to (immediately west of) the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and State and National Register-listed Mott Haven Historic District. The seven story building contains a total of 145 dwelling units for low-income seniors. The City's construction financing would be used for major systems replacements and partial unit renovation.

Irrespective of the proposed action, the applicant is participating in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYS DEC) Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP). To execute remediation at the project site, the applicant has entered into a Brownfield Cleanup Agreement (BCA) with NYS DEC. All remediation activities on the project site will be performed in accordance with the BCA.

The project is located at 285 East 138th Street at the northeast corner of East 138th Street and Third Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx, Community District 1, New York.

Contact: Patrick S. Blanchfield, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 9I-6, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 963-5056, E-mail: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 59 Walton Street Rezoning 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, Walton Street Associates, for a zoning map and zoning text amendments to rezone Block 2241 from M1-2 to R6A, and Blocks 2245 and 2249 from M3-1 to R7A with a C2-4 overlay along a portion of Marcy Avenue. The proposed actions include a zoning text amendment, modifying Appendix F of the New York City Zoning Resolution, to make the R7A district an "inclusionary housing designated area."

No development would be induced by the proposed actions on Blocks 2241 and 2249, to be rezoned to R6A and R7A, respectively. On Block 2245, the proposed R7A with inclusionary housing would result in eleven buildings developed across eight lots. There would be two lots that would contain multiple buildings - three on Lot 8 and two on Lot 108.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop two eight story residential buildings consisting of 68,256 total square feet, containing 69 dwelling units, of which 14 would be affordable. The proposed actions would also result in development of 9 additional buildings on non-applicant owned properties, comprised of 257 dwelling units (of which 51 would be affordable under the Inclusionary Housing program) and 23,625 square feet of local retail. In total, the proposed actions would result in 11 new buildings, all located on Block 2245, containing 326 dwelling units (of which 65 would be affordable under the Inclusionary Housing Program) and 23,625 square feet of local retail. The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2016.

The project is located in a three block area, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Community District 1, Brooklyn, New York, bounded by Middleton Avenue to the north, Marcy Avenue to the west, Harrison Avenue/Union Avenue to the east, and Wallabout Street to the south.

The conditions are:

The applicant agrees via a restrictive declaration to prepare a Phase II Environmental Assessment Statement (ESA), hazardous materials sampling protocol and health and safety plans, which would be submitted to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) for approval. The applicant agrees to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocols and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous material remediation plan including a health and safety plan to NYC DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plans.

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.


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 New York 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 Draft EIS is available on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

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.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (NYC TLC), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Taxi Medallion Increase. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on June 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the NYC TLC Commission Room, 33 Beaver Street, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10004. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until June 22, 2012. The Draft EIS is available from the NYC TLC, 33 Beaver St. 22nd Floor; NYC MOEC, 253 Sway, 14th Floor; the Muhlenberg Library, 209 W.23rd 81 and on line at: www.nyc.govITLC.

The action involves an authorization for the issuance of 2,000 new New York City taxi medallions, all of which will be required to be used with taxicab vehicles that are accessible to individuals who use wheelchairs. The project is located throughout New York City, New York.

Contact: Justine Johnson, NYC TLC, 33 Beaver Street, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10004, Phone: (212) 676-11371062, Email: jjohnson@tlc.nyc.gov.


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