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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/8/2012

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from AAA Sutter Realty LLC for a site known as 1199 Sutter Avenue, site ID #C224141. This site is located in the borough of Brooklyn, Kings County, at 1199-1221 Sutter Avenue. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than September 7, 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 Michael MacCabe, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, Bureau B, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9767, Email: mdmaccab@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rheingold Development Rezoning may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted September 24, 2012. A public scoping session will be held on September 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, NYC, NY 10007. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained from the Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning - Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007,Phone: (212) 720-3423; Edith Hsu-Chen, New York City Department of City Planning - Manhattan Office, 22 Reade Street, Room 6W, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3437; and Robert Kulikowski, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY10038, Phone: (212) 788-2937.

The action involves the rezoning of all or portions of Blocks 3137, 3138, 3139, 3140, 3141, and 3152 from the current M1‐1 and M3‐1 districts to R6A, R7A and M1‐2 districts, map C2‐4 commercial overlays, make the Inclusionary Housing Program (IH) zoning regulations applicable in the proposed R6A and R7A districts and map two streets (Noll and Stanwix Streets) that are currently unmapped.

In order to assess the impacts associated with the Proposed Action, a Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario (RWCDS) was established. Eight projected development sites were identified as most likely to be developed in the future with the proposed action. Four applicant-controlled projected development sites, under the RWCDS, would result in a net increase 977 dwelling units, 195 of which would be affordable under the Inclusionary Housing program, and 54,182 square foot of local retail. Four non-applicant controlled projected development sites were identified (Block 3152, Lots 36, 37, 38, 41, 43; Block 3138, Lots 20, 22, 28; Block 3137, Lot 56). These projected development sites are anticipated to be developed with 99 dwelling units, 20 of which would be affordable under the Inclusionary Housing program, and 27,609 gross square foot of ground floor retail. In total, it is anticipated that the proposed action would result in the net increase of 1,076 dwelling units, of which 215 would be affordable under the Inclusionary Housing program, and 74,194 gross square feet of retail space, and a net decrease of 79,915 gross square feet of manufacturing space, 53,895 gross square feet of open storage/vehicle parking space and 129,513 square feet of vacant land. Additionally, 3 potential development sites were identified as less likely to be developed in the future with the proposed action. These sites could be redeveloped with mixed-use buildings with ground floor retail and residential uses on the upper floors.

The affected area is currently zoned M1‐1 and M3‐1, which allow Use Groups 5-18 and high and low‐performance manufacturing uses, respectively. M1-1 districts permit industrial and commercial uses to an FAR of 1.0 and some community facility uses to an FAR of 2.4. The M3-1 district has a maximum commercial/manufacturing FAR of 2.0 and a maximum front wall height of 60 feet or four stories. In M1-1 districts, buildings may rise to 30 feet at the street, above which they are controlled by a sky-exposure plane after a required setback. New residential development is not permitted.

The rezoning area currently contains a mix of land uses, including commercial, residential, parking and vehicle storage, automotive, transportation‐related and industrial uses. It also includes a significant amount of vacant land. Commercial uses are generally concentrated near Flushing Avenue and along Bushwick Avenue in the western portion of the rezoning area, and include local retail, restaurant, and office uses. Residential uses are also largely concentrated in the western portion of the rezoning area, and generally include low‐rise 3 to 5 story walkup residential tenement buildings, some of which include ground floor retail. Industrial, vehicle storage, parking, automotive and transportation‐related uses are largely located to the east of Bushwick Avenue. A small portion of the rezoning area includes some community facility uses. A large two story warehouse at 930 Flushing Avenue, which occupies most of the M3‐1 zoning district within the rezoning area, extends along the west side of Evergreen Avenue between Flushing Avenue and Noll Street.

The proposed R6A and R7A districts are contextual residential districts, which permit Use Groups 1-4 as-of-right. Under the Inclusionary Housing program, R6A and R7A zoning districts have a base FAR of 2.7 and 3.45 and a maximum FAR of 3.6 and 4.6, respectively. In R6A districts buildings would be permitted to a height of 60 feet at the street, and 70 feet after a setback. In R7A districts buildings would be permitted to a height of 65 feet at the street, and 80 feet after a setback. Contextual street-wall lineup provisions would apply. The C2-4 overlays would permit a maximum FAR of 2.0 for commercial uses.

The proposed action also involves changes to the City Map, including: the mapping of an unbuilt, unmapped segment of Stanwix Street between Montieth Street and Forrest Street; and the mapping of an unbuilt, unmapped segment of Noll Street between Evergreen Avenue and Stanwix Street. As a result of the proposed mapping actions, Stanwix Street would connect Forrest and Montieth Streets and Noll Street would connect Stanwix Street and Evergreen Avenue. Stanwix Street would have a mapped width of 50 feet, including a 30 foot travel way and two 10 foot sidewalks. Noll Street would also have a mapped width of 50 feet, including a 30 foot travel way and two 10 foot sidewalks.

The project is located on five full blocks and a portion of one block in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 4, New York. The area affected by the proposed action is bounded by Flushing Avenue on the north, Evergreen Avenue on the east, Melrose Avenue on the south, and Stanwix, Beaver, Garden Streets to the west.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning - Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.



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