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ENB - Region 2 Notices 11/21/2012

Public Notice

Modification of Public Comment Period

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and a Remedial Investigation Work Plan from Coney Island Site 4A-1 Houses, Inc. for a site known as the Former Gateway French Dry Cleaners, Site ID C224151. This site is located in the City of New York, within the County of Kings, and is located at 3375-3377 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than December 21, 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: Bryan Wong, NYS DEC - Region 2, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-4905, E-mail: yywong@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Conditioned Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Flushing Meadows East Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Avery Fowler Owners, for a zoning map amendment to rezone a block from M1-1 and M1-2 to C2-6A. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop their property with five, five to seven story, mixed-use buildings consisting of approximately 350 dwelling units and 138,000 square feet of commercial space. The proposed rezoning area is bounded by College Point Boulevard, 131st Street, Avery Avenue and Fowler Avenue in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, Community District 7, New York.

The eastern end of the rezoning area is located within an M1-1 zoning district. The remainder of area is within an M1-2 zoning district. M1-1 and M1-2 are light industrial districts permitting manufacturing and commercial Use Groups 4 through 14, 16 and 17 at a floor area ratio (FAR) of 1.0 and 2.0, respectively. Community Facilities without sleeping accommodations are permitted in M1-1 districts at 2.4 FAR, and in M1-2 Districts, at 4.8 FAR. Currently, the rezoning area consists of a mid-block two-family dwelling, a gas station, two live poultry establishments, office and general retail establishments, and accessory surface parking.

The proposed C2-6A district is a local service commercial district that is generally occupied by residential buildings with retail uses on the lower floors. Permitted commercial uses in C2-6A districts include retailers such as grocery stores, dry cleaners, and restaurants that serve the immediate neighborhood.

C2-6A districts permit a maximum 2.0 FAR for commercial uses and a maximum 4.0 FAR for residential uses. Residential uses in C2-6A districts are governed by the bulk regulations of the R7A district, which allows a maximum base and building height of 65 and 85 feet, respectively. Parking is required for 50% of the total dwelling units.

In order to assess the impacts associated with the proposed action, a Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario was established. In total five projected development sites were identified as most likely to be developed in the future with the proposed action. As a result of the proposed action, it is anticipated that new development on those sites would consist of 378 dwelling units and 148,100 square feet of retail or service space. Absent the proposed action, it is anticipated that those sites would contain 2 dwelling units and 243,947 square feet of commercial space. The projected incremental change on those sites over the no-action scenario is 376 dwelling units and a 95,847 square feet reduction of retail or service space.

Additionally, one potential development site was identified as less likely to be developed in the future with the proposed action. The build year is 2014.

The conditions are:

The applicant agrees via a restrictive declaration to conduct archaeological identification, investigation and mitigation in accordance with the CEQR Technical Manual and New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LCP) Guidelines for Archaeological Work in New York City. The restrictive declaration also restricts the applicant from submitting any permit applications to the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) that would allow for soil disturbance on the subject property until such time that NYC LPC provides the necessary written notice to NYC DOB.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3420, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Rescheduled Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The Empire State Development Corporation, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Victoria Theater Redevelopment Civic and Land Use Improvement Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS has been rescheduled for December 10, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, 2nd floor, Art Gallery, New York, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until January 10, 2013. The Draft EIS is available from Empire State Development, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY; Harlem Community Development Corporation, 163 West 125th Street, 17th floor, New York, NY 10027; Harlem Branch and Bruce George Branch of the New York Public Library and on line at: www.esd.ny.gov and www.harlemcdc.org.

The action involves the redevelopment of the historic Victoria Theater in Harlem, preserving and restoring elements of the original theater and creating an approximately 360,000 gross square foot, 26 story mixed-use facility. The Project would include an approximately 210 key select service hotel inclusive of an approximately 5,000 square foot ballroom and dining and entertainment space; approximately 229 units of rental housing, of which 50% would be affordable; an approximately 25,000 square foot cultural arts center that features a 199 seat black box theater, a 99 seat flexible performing space, as well as exhibit and rehearsal spaces; an additional 27,000 square feet of retail space; and below-grade parking. The project is located at 235 West 125th Street in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Rachel Shatz, Empire State Development, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Phone: (212) 803-3252, E-mail: RShatz@esd.ny.gov.

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