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ENB - Region 2 Notices 7/3/2012

Negative Declaration

Queens County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Coney Island Infrastructure Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC DOC), on behalf of the NYC DEP, to implement infrastructure improvements over approximately 248 acres in the Coney Island neighborhood. These improvements would be made in accordance with NYC DEP's amended drainage plan (ADP) filed with the Brooklyn Borough President's Office on December 29, 2010.

The proposed project involves the reconstruction and enlargement of potentially three existing outfalls, installation of new stormwater collection sewers, relocation and upgrade of distribution and trunk water mains, and relocation and upgrade of sanitary sewer lines along with the reconstruction of affected streets. Due to the drainage area's low-lying topography, the proposed stormwater collection sewers are wide and shallow, and therefore require the relocation of sanitary lines, water mains and utilities within certain segments of built streets. Finally, the proposed project includes the design and construction of a consolidated wetland restoration plan at Calvert Vaux Park, in coordination with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR), to address all permanent wetland impacts associated with the reconstruction and enlargement of the existing stormwater outfalls.

The project is bounded by Coney Island Creek to the north, Coney Island Boardwalk to the south, West 8th Street to the east and West 21st Street to the west in Brooklyn Community District #13, New York.

Contact: Alexander Wolk, NYS DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-6450, E-mail: awolk@dep.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

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. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on July 25, 2012 at 10: a.m. at the Spector Hall, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until August 6, 2012. A hard copy of the Draft EIS is available from Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423; or from Robert Kulikowski, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956.
The online version of the Draft EIS is available from the New York City Department of City Planning's website 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 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 New York City Department of City Planning will act as the CEQR lead agency for this proposal.

The analysis year for the proposal is 2021.

The project is located within approximately a 90 block area in the West Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 9. 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, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.


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