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ENB - Region 2 Notices 6/20/2012

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) Strategic Vision Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves proposed improvements to and an expansion of the NTC by USTA National Tennis Center, Inc. The 42 acre NTC is one of the world's largest public recreational tennis facilities, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, on park land leased from NYC DPR. For 11 months of the year, NTC facilities are open to the public for indoor and outdoor tennis. The NTC is also host to the US Open tennis tournament, one of the sport's four Grand Slam championship tennis tournaments. The proposed project would improve the NTC site plan, circulation, visitor amenities, and landscaping, and would include construction of two new stadiums to replace the existing Louis Armstrong Stadium in the same location and the Grandstand Stadium in a new location at the southwest corner of the NTC site, improvements to Arthur Ashe Stadium, a temporary stadium on the site of Louis Armstrong Stadium for one US Open tournament during construction, and two new parking garages. The project would add 1.02 acres to the NTC site, including up to 0.76 acres of park land that would be alienated, and 0.26 acres of previously alienated park land that is currently not covered by the NTC lease.

A Public Scoping Meeting will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Indoor Training Center at David Dinkins Circle, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, New York 11368 (by car: Meridian Road, Parking Lot B; by subway: No. 7 to Mets-Willets Point). Oral and written comments on the impacts to be evaluated in the DEIS can be submitted at the Public Scoping Meeting. Written comments will be accepted by NYC DPR at the address or fax number listed below through Friday, August 3, 2012. A copy of the Draft Scope, the Environmental Assessment Statement and Positive Declaration can be obtained on-line at http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fmcp or from the contact person listed at the end of this notice.

The project is located at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Meridian Road in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, Queens, New York.

Contact: Joshua Laird, NYC DPR, The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 401, New York NY 10065, Phone: (212)360-3402, E-mail: Joshua.Laird@parks.nyc.gov

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