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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/29/2012

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from 810 River Avenue LLC for a site known as 810 River Avenue, site ID #C203066. This site is located in the Borough of Bronx, Bronx County, at 810 River Avenue. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than September 28, 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, E-mail: mdmaccab@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed East Midtown Rezoning and Related Actions 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 until October 9, 2012. Public scoping sessions will be held on September 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Municipal Building, Mezzanine level, 1 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007; access through the North Entrance. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained 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; or from Robert Kulikowski, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 788-2937. The Draft Scope of Work and scoping protocol will also be made available for download at: www.nyc.gov/planning.

The action involves a zoning text amendment to establish an East Midtown Subdistrict within the Special Midtown District, superseding the existing Grand Central Subdistrict; a zoning map amendment to replace existing C5-2 and C6-4 designations in portions of the midblock areas between East 42nd and East 46th Streets, and Second and Third Avenues with C5-3, C5-2.5, C5-2 and C1-9 districts. The C5-3 and C5-2.5 districts will be mapped within the Special Midtown District; and the City may, subject to further analysis and public consultation, amend the City Map to reflect a Public Place designation over portions of Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and East 47th Streets.

The Proposed Action is intended to protect and strengthen East Midtown as one of the world's premier business addresses and key job center for the City and region; seed the area with new modern and sustainable office buildings to maintain its preeminence as a premier office district; improve the area's pedestrian and built environments to make East Midtown a better place to work and visit; and complement ongoing office development in Hudson Yards and Lower Manhattan to facilitate the long-term expansion of the City's overall stock of office space.

By 2033, the Proposed Action would result in the total development of approximately 10.0 million gross square feet of office space, 0.7 million gross square feet of retail, 2.5 million gross square feet of hotel, and approximately 208 dwelling units. The projected incremental (net) change between the No-Action and With-Action conditions would be an increase of approximately 3.9 million gross square feet of office space, 0.5 million gross square feet of hotel, 0.1 million gross square feet of retail, and a net decrease of residential space (918 dwelling units). The total difference between the built square footage in the No-Action and With-Action conditions is an increase of approximately 4.5 million gross square feet.

The Proposed Action would directly affect an approximately 70 block area generally bounded by East 39th Street to the south, East 57th Street to the north, Second and Third Avenues to the east and Fifth Avenue to the west. The area is within the East Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan Community Districts 5 and 6, New York.

Contact: 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.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Willets Point Development may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on September 27, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. at P.S. 19 Marino Jeantet, 98-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, New York.

The action involves the redevelopment of the Willets Point area to include portions of the CitiField stadium parking areas. The proposal would redevelop the Willets Point/CitiField area with a mix of uses to be completed by 2032. It would incorporate a development substantially similar to that anticipated and analyzed in the 2008 Willets Point Development Plan Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Final GEIS), as well as a major entertainment/retail component and parking adjacent to CitiField. The project is anticipated to proceed in three phases: by 2018, the remediation and development of an approximately 23 acre portion of the Special Willets Point District with a 200 room hotel, approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space, and a 2,800 space surface parking area/off-season public recreation space; the development of the parking field west of CitiField with "Willets West", an entertainment and retail center of approximately 1.4 million square feet (one million square feet of gross leasable area) and a 2,900 space parking facility; and the development of a structured parking facility on the westernmost CitiField surface parking lot south of Roosevelt Avenue; by 2028, the surface parking area in the Special Willets Point District would be replaced with approximately 4.23 million square feet of residential, retail, office, hotel, public school, enclosed parking, and public open space uses; and the development of additional structured parking facilities on the CitiField surface parking lots south of Roosevelt Avenue; and by 2032, completion of the full build-out of the Special Willets Point District substantially as anticipated in the Final GEIS. The potential development of retail and office uses on a portion of the CitiField leasehold along Roosevelt Avenue (Lot B), as analyzed in the Final GEIS, is also assumed to be completed by 2032. It is also assumed that the recently approved Van Wyck Expressway ramp improvements would be completed by 2024.

The project is located at Northern Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue, Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck Expressway in Queens, New York.

Contact: Rob Holbrook, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3706, E-mail: rholbrook@nycedc.com.


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