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ENB - Region 2 Notices 11/14/2012

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from 6469 Broadway Selfhelp, LLC for a site known as the 6469 Broadway site, site ID #C203048. This site is located in the City of New York, within the County of Bronx, and is located at 6469 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than December 14, 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: Nigel Crawford, NYS DEC - Region 2, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 1110, Phone: (718) 482-4995, E-mail: nncrawfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration:

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Manhattan Core Parking Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed action would modify Article I, Chapter 3 of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) by deleting Sections 13-00 through 13-562 and replacing it with new text as Sections 13-00 through 13-464; the Long Island City regulations would be moved to Article I, Chapter 6 (as Sections 16-01 through 16-352); and, where germane, other parking-related ZR sections would be modified to update cross-references (e.g., special districts). The proposed text amendment would promote a more rational and efficient allocation of off-street parking in the Manhattan Core through a series of amendments to the as-of-right and discretionary parking regulations in the Zoning Resolution. A detailed study on off-street parking in the Manhattan Core was completed in 2011 which helped the Department's understanding of recent trends in off-street parking utilization and supply, and informed the development of this zoning proposal.

The proposed zoning text amendment addresses trends in parking development since 1982 and seeks to update the regulations as follows: a) permit all new as-of-right accessory parking to operate as public; b) replace existing applicable special permits that lack sufficient findings with four new special permit processes in which applicants may demonstrate the need for parking above the permitted as-of-right ratios; c) allow, by authorization, the elimination of parking spaces required prior to the date of enactment; d) exempt vehicular access ramps, pedestrian access ways and mechanical space from the allowable floor area calculation; e) define guidelines for automated parking facilities; f) establish design guidelines for off-street parking facilities to ensure pedestrian and vehicular safety; g) increase the number or spaces allowed for storage of rental cars in dedicated facilities and public parking garages; and, h) increase commercial vehicle parking allowances in public parking facilities. Because there are no known specific developments that are projected at this time and it is difficult to predict the exact sites that would develop, the environmental review assessed the proposed text amendment as a generic action. Furthermore, it is not possible to predict whether the new proposed special permits or authorization would be pursued on any given site in the future, and each action will be subject to its own discretionary approvals at the time an application is made to the CPC. The future use of the special permits and authorization was assessed on a conceptual basis to consider the potential range of effects that may be produced through their use. The analysis year utilized for the environmental review is 2022.

The project is located in the Manhattan Core, which encompasses the entirety of Manhattan Community Districts 1 through 8, except for Governor's Island in Community District 1, and Roosevelt Island in Community District 8 (i.e., Manhattan below 110th Street on the west side and below 96th Street on the east side).

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC DCP, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212)720-3423.

New York County (Manhattan) - The City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the WHGA Dorie Miller Apartments, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed action involves an application by NYC HPD, on behalf of the project sponsor, West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. (WHGA), for the disposition of City owned property and designation of the project site as an Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP). In addition, the project sponsor is requesting construction financing from NYC HPD to facilitate the rehabilitation of the 6 story, 25 unit residential building on the site. Under the proposed actions, substantial exterior and interior rehabilitation would occur and some units would be combined resulting in a total of 18 units of affordable housing.

The proposed project is located within the State and National Register-listed West 147th - 149th Streets Historic District and is therefore considered a Type I action under CEQR. The building has been previously modified over the years. The proposed rehabilitation work is intended to address deteriorated conditions in the building and restore the building's facade to its original condition. No construction related impacts to neighboring properties are anticipated as no ground disturbance or changes to the building's overall floor area, height, or footprint are proposed. For all the reasons discussed above, the proposed project would not result in significant adverse impacts to historic resources.

In the event that any State or Federal funding is sought in connection with the proposed project, consultation with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 would be required prior to the release of funds and start of construction.

Contact: Patrick S. Blanchfield, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 9I-7, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212)863-5056, E-maiil: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Halletts Point Rezoning may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Public scoping sessions will be held on December 13, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Cafeteria of the Goodwill Astoria Headquarters located at 4-21 27th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102; access through the main lobby on 4th Street. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained from: Robert Dobruskin, NYC DCP, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423; or from Robert Kulikowski,New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, 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 proposed actions being requested include zoning map changes; zoning text amendments; Large-Scale General Development (LSGD) special permits related to bulk; waterfront special permits related to height, setback, floor area coverage, rear yard, and minimum distance between buildings; waterfront authorizations and certifications; and City mapping actions. Other discretionary actions being requested from other City, State, and Federal agencies include disposition of public housing property, use of development rights associated with lands underwater, in-water and tidal wetlands construction activities, alienation of parkland, and potential financing approval for affordable housing. The proposed disposition of NYCHA property will require a federal approval subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

By 2022, the proposed actions would facilitate the development of a total of approximately 2.72 million gross square feet on the project sites, consisting of a total of approximately 2.15 million gross square feet of residential space (2,573 housing units including 2,161 market-rate and 412 affordable housing units); approximately 69,000 gross square feet of retail space (including an approximately 30,100 gross square feet retail space designed for supermarket use in Building 1); and approximately 1,439 garage parking spaces and 97 on-site surface parking spaces on the sites of Buildings 6, 7, and 8. The proposed project would also include approximately 96,000 square feet (2.2 acres) of publicly accessible open space, including a waterfront esplanade along the East River and upland connections to 1st Street. The proposed project would include improvements to stormwater and sanitary sewer infrastructure to support the new development. Other improvements would be made to the street network (reconnection of Astoria Boulevard, traffic directional changes, and pedestrian access) and transit services (an on-street bus layover facility) of the area. Absent the proposed actions, the project site would remain as it is under existing conditions of light manufactory uses and the present NYCHA Astoria House campus.

The proposed project is intended to transform a largely underused waterfront area into a new, enlivened mixed-use development. The proposed new housing would support the City's plans to provide additional capacity for residential development, especially affordable housing. The proposed neighborhood retail would provide amenities that are currently lacking in the area and which would serve the existing residential population in addition to the project-generated population. The proposed project would also establish a publicly accessible waterfront esplanade with upland connections and a connection to Hallet's Cove Playground south of the site and Whitey Ford Field north of the site. The opening of Astoria Boulevard between 1st and 8th Streets would improve circulation in the area and provide a better connection with the surrounding community. The proposed bus layover facility would facilitate the provision of better bus service to the area.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC DCP, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212)720-3423.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping (Rescheduled)

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Charleston Mixed-Use Development 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 through December 21, 2012 and should be sent to: Matt Mason, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3718, E-mail: mmason@nycedc.com. A public scoping session will be held on December 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mount Loretto CYO/MIV Community Center, 6581 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY. Please note:This is the scoping meeting that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The action proposes the development of an approximately 63.5 acre parcel located in Charleston, Staten Island, with parkland, retail, residential, and community facility uses and to map as public streets Englewood Avenue and either a new access road within the Project Area or 4.4 acres of the existing privately-owned Mohr Street/Tyrellan Avenue. In addition, the proposed plan will map an existing 20 acre conservation area, located adjacent to the 63.5 acre site, as parkland. The overall proposed project is referred to as the Charleston Mixed-Use Development. All elements of the development are expected to be completed and operational by the year 2020. The project area is bounded by Veterans Road West (east and south), Arthur Kill Road (west) and Englewood Avenue (north), in Staten Island, NY.

The Environmental Assessment Statement, Positive Declaration and Draft Scope are available on-line at: www.nyc.gov/oec .

Contact: Robert R. Kulikowski, New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor; New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212)788-9956, E-mail: rkulikowski@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Public Hearing (Rescheduled)

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 625 West 57th Street. Written comments on the Draft SEIS will be accepted until Monday, November 26, 2012. A public hearing on the Draft SEIS, originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 31, 2012, has been continued to Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:00 A.M., in Spector Hall, at the Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, in Lower Manhattan. The Draft EIS is available from Celeste Evans, New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321; or from Robert Kulikowski, Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956; and on the New York City Department of City Planning's website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The hearing will be held in conjunction with the New York City Planning Commission's citywide public hearing pursuant to ULURP. The project area is located within a portion of the block bounded by West 57th Street to the south, West 58th Street to the north, Eleventh Avenue to the east and Twelfth Avenue to the west.

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

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