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ENB - Region 2 Notices 6/6/2012

Negative Declaration

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Green Infrastructure Program will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by NYC DEP, on behalf of the City of New York, to undertake the Green Infrastructure Program to reduce combined sewer overflow and improve water quality while enhancing New York City's urban environment. The initial phase of the Green Infrastructure Program, and the subject of environmental review, is the implementation of green infrastructure projects to manage one inch of rainfall on 1.5% of the impervious surfaces in combined sewer areas through 2015. The projects would be designed to control stormwater at its source and to reduce the need for end-of-pipe stormwater storage and treatment systems by managing stormwater through controlled release, infiltration, and evapotranspiration. The project is located throughout New York City, New York.

Contact: Terrell Estesen, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-4473, E-mail: terrelle@dep.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Brookhaven Rehabilitation and Health Care Center 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, Utopia Reality LLC, for Special Permits pursuant to the New York City Zoning Resolution Section 74-90 to modify the use regulations of Section 22-42 and Section 74-902 to modify the permitted Community Facility FAR regulations of Section 24-111. Additionally, the proposed project requires a Certificate of Need from the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH).

The proposed actions would facilitate the proposal by the applicant to develop a vacant lot with an eight story 165,990 square foot nursing facility with 298 beds. Additionally, the nursing facility would have a cellar level and a detached 7,456 square foot four tier accessory parking garage, with 133 parking spaces. Specifically, under the proposed Special Permits, the proposed actions would allow for Use Group 3, nursing home residential use. Floors two through six of the proposed nursing facility would each contain 43 beds, floor seven would contain 42 beds, and floor eight would contain 41 beds. The cellar level would consist of support service facilities. Additionally, a 133 space accessory parking garage would be developed adjacent to the proposed facility. The proposed parking garage would be automated and consist of 4 stories, 2 of which would be located in the cellar level.


The Zoning District of this lot is R6 which typically result in development usually between three and twelve stories. The portion of the lot for this project has an area of 56,255 square feet with an allowable building area of 136,700 square foot. The granting of a Special Permit pursuant to ZR 74-902 could increase the allowable FAR to 4.80, thereby allowing a maximum Floor Area of 270,024 square foot. However, the Special Permit is for the proposed Floor Area of 165,990 square foot.with a FAR of 2.95. The maximum lot coverage permitted by the Zoning Resolution is 65% or 36,566 square foot. The proposed lot coverage is substantially less at 37.8% or 21,238 square foot. Three curb cuts are proposed, two being 24 feet long each and the other being 12 feet long. The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2015.

The project is located on a block bounded by 71st Avenue to the North, 160th Street to the East, 72nd Avenue to the South, and Parsons Boulevard to the West in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Queens, Community District 8, New York.

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. Email: c_evans@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 New York University Core. The Final EIS is available from Robert Dobruskin, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423; Robert Kulikowski, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956 and on line 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 they are seeking a number of discretionary actions from the New York City Planning Commission (NYC CPC) 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 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 (NYC SCA), 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 4.0 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.


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