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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/19/2012

Public Notice

Notice of Exemption Under DER 10-1.10 and Request for Comment

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has approved an exemption from permitting to allow construction and operation of a remedial treatment system at the BP Terminal Petroleum Remediation at 125 Apollo Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222. The exemption authorizes construction of an outfall at the facility bulkhead into Newtown Creek, operation of groundwater recovery wells, and discharge of treated water meeting approval conditions to Newtown Creek. The activity is a component of a petroleum remediation project under Order On Consent D0-1113-05-01 with BP Products North America, Inc. (BP) and activities conducted under the approval meet all substantive technical requirements applicable to permitted activities. Approvals are granted for discharge of treated effluent to Newtown Creek under a SPDES equivalence, operation of air emission controls, operation of groundwater recovery wells, and activities associated with construction of the outfall to Newtown Creek. Conditions on all approvals for the exemption are substantially equivalent to the activities if they are conducted under applicable permitting. The groundwater recovery, treatment, and discharge activities are currently conducted under permit for the ExxonMobil Greenpoint Petroleum Remediation Project, however construction of a new system operated by BP will segregate the two remedial systems. If you would like to review the application materials for the exemption, specific approvals and details, or have any comments on the exemption, please use the contact below.

Contact: Edward Hampston, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3550, Phone: (518) 402-9814, E-mail: exhampst@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 515-523 East 73rd Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request for a Variance (§72-21) to allow for an enlargement for a community facility (Jewish National Fund) contrary to various bulk regulation in the R8B/ LH-1A zoning district. The project is located at 42 East 69th Street in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Ronald L Rizzotti, NYC BSA, 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006, Phone: (212) 788-8781, E-mail: rrizzotti@bsa.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 515-523 East 73rd Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request for a Variance (§72-21) to allow for an ambulatory diagnostic and treatment care facility (Hospital for Special Surgery), contrary to bulk and use regulations in the M1-4/M3-2 zoning districts. The project is located 515-523 East 73rd Street in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Ronald L Rizzotti, NYC BSA, 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006, Phone: (212) 788-8781, E-mail: rrizzotti@bsa.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 435 East 30th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request for a Variance (§72-21) to permit the development of a new biomedical research facility on the main campus of the NYU Langone Medical Center, contrary to bulk regulations in the R8 zoning district. The project is located 435 East 30th Street in the Borough of Manhattan, New York..

Contact: Ronald L Rizzotti, NYC BSA, 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006, Phone: (212) 788-8781, E-mail: rrizzotti@bsa.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final SEIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 625 West 57th Street. Copies of the Final SEIS may be obtained 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, the 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 action involves a proposal by the applicant, Durst Development L.L.C., for the rezoning of a portion of a block bounded by West 57th and West 58th Streets, along with special permits, modifications to existing special permits and a Restrictive Declaration and other related land use actions, to facilitate the development of approximately 965,000 zoning square feet (approximately 1.1 million gross square feet) of residential, commercial, community facility, and parking uses on the project block. The eastern portion of the block is currently developed with a residential building with ground floor retail and parking uses (The Helena) and a building with mini-storage uses. The entire block was the subject of a previous Environmental Impact Statement and Land Use Approval in 2001 (West 57th Street Rezoning Final Environmental Impact Statement [2001 FEIS], City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) No. 00DCP041M and ULURP Nos. 000148ZMM, 010149ZSM, 010150ZSM, 010151ZSM, and 010152ZSM).

The proposed actions are being requested to facilitate the applicant's proposed project, in which it intends to build approximately 1.1 million gross square feet on the project block, including residential, retail, community facility, office, and parking uses. The proposed actions would result in the construction of a new building on the western and midblock portions of the project block (Lots 1, 5, 14, 19, p/o 36, and 43, collectively, projected development site 1), a one to two story midblock community facility building (also located on projected development site 1, p/o lot 36), the renovation and conversion of the mini-storage facility to residential, retail, and community facility use (p/o Lot 36, projected development site 2), and the creation of new retail space in the existing Helena apartment building. For analysis purposes, it is anticipated that the proposed project, including both projected development site 1 and projected development site 2, would be completed by 2015.

Development of the proposed project requires approvals from the New York City Planning Commission for the following discretionary actions:

  • Rezoning of a portion of the project block from M1-5 to C6-2. The C6-2 district has a floor-area ratio (FAR) of 6.0 for all uses except community facility uses, which is a 6.5 FAR. This change would provide an adjusted FAR across the entire zoning lot of 8.63 with the 6.0 FAR and a maximum 8.8 FAR with the additional community facility FAR (given the maximum 10.0 FAR within the existing C4-7 district);
  • Special permit pursuant to Section 74-743 of the New York City Zoning Resolution to allow, in a large-scale development, (1) floor area to be distributed across the entire zoning lot, (2) buildings to be located without regard for distance between building regulations, and (3) to permit the location of buildings without regard to height and setback regulations;
  • Special permit pursuant to Section 13-561 of the New York City Zoning Resolution for a 285 space accessory parking garage;
  • Modification of the Large Scale General Development site plan associated with the existing special permits (Amendment to ULURP No. C010151 ZSM); and
  • Modification of the existing Restrictive Declaration (Modification and termination of Restrictive Declaration No. D-145 associated with ULURP No. C010148 ZMM).

The applicant is applying to the New York City Planning Commission for discretionary actions that would allow construction of the proposed development on the project block, which is different from what was analyzed in the 2001 Final EIS. Because the development resulting from the proposed modifications may result in significant adverse environmental impacts not identified in the 2001 Final EIS, the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) has been prepared. The Final SEIS assesses whether any changed background conditions and whether the differences in program elements between the proposed development program and those assessed in the 2001 Final EIS for the project block would result in any significant adverse impacts that were not adequately addressed in the 2001 Final EIS.

The proposed discretionary actions from the New York City Planning Commission are subject to environmental review. The Final SEIS has been prepared in accordance with Executive Order 91 of 1977, as amended, and CEQR Rules and Procedures adopted in 1991 (62 Rules of the City of New York, Chapter 5). The 2012 CEQR Technical Manual was generally used as a guide with respect to environmental analysis methodologies and impact criteria for evaluating the proposed project, unless otherwise stated. In addition, since the Draft SEIS was certified, the applicant has proposed revisions to the proposed project to reflect changes to the project as the design was refined and to respond to community concerns, and has continued to work on refinements to the proposed project with Community Board 4, the Manhattan Borough President, and the New York City Department of City Planning to respond to comments voiced at the scoping hearing, various Community Board 4 meetings, and the Draft SEIS public hearing.

The project 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 in Manhattan, Community District 4, New York.

Contact: 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, E-mail: cevans@planning.nyc.gov.


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