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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/24/2012

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 53 Greene Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 53 Greene Associates LLC, for a Special Permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711 to modify the permitted use provision of ZR Section 42-14(D) at 53 Greene Street located within the Soho-Cast Iron Historic District neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 2, New York.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to convert floors two through six to residential use (Use Group 2) and the ground floor to commercial use (Use Group 6) within an existing six story, 21,900 gross square foot vacant building on the project site. Additionally, the proposal includes demolishing an existing mezzanine and using that floor area to construct a penthouse addition in connection with the proposed residential use on the sixth floor. In total, development would include five residential units on floors two through six, an 800 gross square foot rooftop penthouse addition and 3,203 gross square foot of ground floor retail. The basement would be used as commercial and residential storage space.

The project site is located in an M1-5B manufacturing zoning district, which allows manufacturing and commercial uses at a maximum FAR of 5.0, and community facility uses at a maximum FAR of 6.5. Uses in M1 districts are limited to those listed in the Zoning Resolution Section 42-11 and 42-12; none of the allowed uses permit commercial square footage to exceed 10,000 square foot per establishment. In addition, commercial retail uses (Use Group 6) are also not permitted as-of-right below the second floor of a building within an M1-5B district. Artists may occupy joint living-work quarters (JLWQA) in an M1-5B district, provided that the lot area is 5,000 square feet or less. In buildings occupying less than 3,600 square feet of lot area in M1-5B districts, JLWQA units may not be located below the floor level of the second story unless modified by the Chairperson of the New York City Planning Commission pursuant to Section 42- 141, Section 74-781 (Modification by special permit of the New York City Planning Commission of uses in M1-5A and M1-5B Districts), or by authorization of the New York City Planning Commission pursuant to Section 42-142.

The proposal includes (E) designations on selected development sites in order to preclude future air quality, noise and hazardous materials impacts, which could occur as a result of the proposed action.

Absent the proposed action, the existing conditions would remain unchanged.

The build year for the project is 2013.

Contact: Celeste Evans, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321, E-mail: c_evans@planning.nyc.gov.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Small Business Services, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed St. George Waterfront Redevelopment Project 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 November 23, 2012. A public scoping session will be held on November 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Music Hall of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. Copies of the EAS and Scoping Document for the project may be obtained by any member of the public at the St. George New York Public Library, 5 Central Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301, Phone: (212) 312-3938, E-mail: StGeorgeWaterfront@nycedc.com or online at: www.nycedc.com/project/st-george-waterfront.

The action involves the simultaneous development of two sites along the St. George Waterfront referred to as the "North Site" and the "South Site," located adjacent to and on either side of the Richmond County Bank Stadium, and just north of the Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal. Both sites are currently zoned M1-1.

The North Site would be developed with a 625 foot tall Observation Wheel, which would be accessed from an approximately 113,000 square foot Wheel Terminal Building accommodating commercial and retail space, restaurants, exhibition space, theater space, and parking. The South Site would comprise of an approximately 340,000 square foot retail outlet center, a 200 room 130,000 square foot hotel, a catering facility and parking. Developments on both sites would include a proposed decking over the adjacent Railroad Right of Way.

The project is located in Staten Island Community Board 1, New York.

Contact: Meenakshi Varandani, New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYC EDC), 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312 3861, E-mail: mvarandani@nycedc.com.

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