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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/2/2013

Public Notice

Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Remedial Investigation Work Plan (RIWP) from 510 West 22nd Street Partners, LLC for a site known as the 511 West 21st Street, site ID #C231080. This site is located in the City of New York, within the County of New York, and is located at 511 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than February 1, 2013. 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 James Jarratt, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12210-7011, Phone: (518) 402-9807, E-mail: jdjarrat@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Remedial Investigation Work Plan (RIWP) from Riverside Center Parcel 2 BIT Associates, LLC for a site known as Former NY Central Rail Yard Site, site ID #C231081. This site is located in the City of New York within the County of New York, and is located at 17-29 West End Avenue, 10024. Comments regarding this application and the RIWP must be submitted no later than February 1, 2013. 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: James Jarratt, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12210-7011, Phone: (518) 402-9807, E-mail: jdjarrat@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Madison Square Garden will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, MSG Holdings, L.P., for a number of discretionary actions, which include a special permit pursuant to Section 74-41, as amended, to allow an arena in excess of 2,500 seats, a special permit, as amended by a proposed text amendment to modify Section 93-17 (Modifications of Sign Regulations), to modify sign regulations within the Pennsylvania Station Subarea B4 of the Special Hudson Yards District, a text amendment to Sections 37-625 and 74-41 to allow the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) to approve, in connection with an arena special permit without certification by the Chairperson of the NYCPC, design changes to existing plazas within Subarea B4 of the Special Hudson Yards District. The proposed action would facilitate the continued use and operation of the Madison Square Garden arena, a proposal by the applicant to install signage that is larger and higher than signage permitted under current zoning and includes third-party advertising and sponsor messaging and certain open space area improvements. The Project Site is currently developed with Madison Square Garden and Pennsylvania Station.

Additionally, the applicant is seeking a certification by the Chairperson of the NYCPC pursuant to Section 37-621 for the elimination of non-bonused plaza area, which is a ministerial action and is not subject to environmental review. The special permit pursuant to Section 74-41 is also not subject to environmental review pursuant to CEQR's grandfathering provisions.

Madison Square Garden is currently undergoing a major, three-year rehabilitation known as the Transformation, consisting of substantial as-of-right interior renovations to upgrade many components of the Arena's interior.

The text amendment to modify Section 93-17 (Modification of Sign Regulations) of the Zoning Resolution would create a special permit by which sign regulations applicable within Subarea B4 of the Special Hudson Yards District may be modified. Subsequently, the applicant seeks the grant of a special permit to Section 93-17, as amended, to modify the sign regulations applicable to the Project Site. The proposed text amendment to Section 93-17 of the Zoning Resolution would create a special permit by which Sections 32-63 (Permitted Advertising Signs), 32-64 (Surface Area and Illumination Provisions), and 32-65 (Permitted Projection or Height of Signs) could be modified within Subarea B4 for a use permitted by a NYCPC special permit pursuant to Section 74-41 of the Zoning Resolution. The proposed text amendment to Section 93-17 would maintain the basic zoning controls contained in the existing Subarea B4 of the Special Hudson Yards District, but would amend the zoning text to create a special permit that would allow greater signage flexibility in terms of size and content.

The Project Site would be the only site that would be affected by the text amendments. The proposed sign regulations would not have any implications for any part of the Special Hudson Yards District except Subarea B4. The proposed signs for the Arena exceed the maximum surface area and height limitations applicable within Subarea B4 of the Special Hudson Yards District and would contain third-party advertising and sponsorship messages, as well as content associated with the Garden. Therefore, a special permit pursuant to Section 93-17, as amended, is needed to modify the application of such sections to allow the proposed signs.

The proposed text amendment and associated special permit to Section 93-17 would facilitate a signage program with the following components:

1. Proposed Tower Signage (Tower Media) - 20 mm LED display panels with a square footage of up to 3,000 square feet would be installed on each of the escalator Towers A, B, C and D. The panels would have a maximum height of 80 feet above curb level. The digital displays would include content permitted under current zoning as well as advertising signs.

2. Proposed Eighth Avenue Signage (Eighth Avenue Media Wall) - The existing marquee-like sign on Eighth Avenue would be removed and replaced by a 20 mm LED media wall on the Eighth Avenue façade. The media wall have a height of 18 feet 8 inches and a width of 230 feet 0 inches, and wrapping around the façade's northern and southern ends, with end panels of 18 feet 8 inches by 26 feet 6 inches. The maximum height of all proposed media wall signage would be 53 feet above curb level.

3. Proposed Vitrines - Pedestrian-level vitrines would be incorporated into the lower façades along West 31st Street and portions of West 33rd Street on areas that are currently blank walls or doors. Vitrine signage would not be digital. Signage in the proposed vitrines would help to enliven the pedestrian-level facades with images of defining moments in Madison Square Garden 's history and would promote upcoming events.

The text amendment to modify Sections 37-625 and 74-41 would allow the NYCPC to regulate the design of pedestrian-accessible open areas in connection with the grant of a NYCPC special permit pursuant to Section 74-41. Currently, under the existing Section 37-625, design changes to existing plazas require a certification by the Chairperson of NYCPC that such changes bring the plazas into greater accordance with the current standards for public plazas. The proposed text amendment would allow NYCPC to approve design changes to existing plazas without a certification by the Chairperson of NYCPC. The text amendment would facilitate the open space area modifications described below.

The open area improvements would consist of a number of modifications including proposed wayfinding signage, cladding an existing vent structure with bench seating, providing improved lighting and additional benches and cluster seating with LED underlighting. The two wayfinding signs would be located near the Penn Station entrances on Eighth Avenue. The signs would be free-standing pylons, approximately 8 feet tall by 2 feet wide, with identification for Madison Square Garden, and would contain text at eye level to direct the reader to the Arena's main entrance on Seventh Avenue. The building's exterior façade recesses and the compression ring at the top of the building would be illuminated. Decorative pavings, plaza identification plaques and other wayfinding signage would be placed by the Penn Station entrance areas at 31st and 33rd Streets.

Absent the proposed action, there would be signage that is compliant with the current zoning regulations. Additionally, absent the proposed action, the open space areas would be improved with new lighting, paving, seating, area wayfinding signage, and non-graphic screening at the loading area in accordance with the current Certification pursuant to Section 37-625. The build year is 2014.

The project is located in Subarea B4 of the Special Hudson Yards District, which is on the western portion of the block bounded by West 31st Street, West 33rd Street, Seventh and Eighth Avenues, in the Midtown South neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 5, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: r_dobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


New York County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Sidewalk Cafe Listings for LIC and PC (Sunnyside Gardens) Special Districts and LIC District Area C Base Height Text Amendments will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP), for zoning text amendments to modify Article I, Chapter 4 (Sidewalk Café Regulations) and Article 11, Chapter 7 (Special Long Island City Mixed Use District) to permit unenclosed and unenclosed small sidewalk cafes and to establish minimum base heights on two blocks. The proposed zoning text amendments would allow small sidewalk cafes along 19 streets within the Special Long Island City Mixed Use District (LIC District) and small sidewalk cafes along 1.5 blocks of Skillman Avenue within the Special Planned Community Preservation District PC District (Sunnyside Gardens) and would modify Section 117-532 to establish a minimum base height for two blocks in Area C of the Queens Plaza Subdistrict (QP Subdistrict) of the LIC District. The proposed text amendments do not modify the amount of allowable floor area or range of permitted uses. The proposed text amendments would affect portions of 195 blocks in the LIC District and PC District in the Long Island City and Sunnyside neighborhoods of Queens, Community Districts 1 and 2.

The proposed sidewalk cafe amendments would affect all or portions of 195 block fronts within the LIC District and all or portions of two block fronts within Sunnyside Gardens. The proposed zoning text amendments would allow unenclosed and small sidewalk cafes on five existing and 14 emerging retail corridors within the LIC District and allow small sidewalk cafes on a one and one half block portion of Skillman Avenue within the Sunnyside Gardens. The sidewalk café amendments would also legalize several existing small sidewalk cafes.

The proposed zoning text amendments would affect the following sections:

• Section 14-44 to list the LIC District and the PC District (Sunnyside Gardens);

• Section 14-43 (Locations Where Only Small Sidewalk Cafes Are Permitted) to allow small sidewalk cafes in the PC District, along Jackson Avenue from 44th Drive to the prolongation of Dutch Kills Street, and along Queens Plaza North and Queens Plaza South; and

• Sections 117-03 (District Plan and Maps), 117-05 (Permitted Sidewalk Café Locations), and 117-00 (Appendix A) to specify streets where unenclosed and small sidewalk cafes would be allowed within the LIC District.

The proposed zoning text amendment to Section 117-532 would establish a minimum base height of 40 feet for buildings or portions of buildings facing Davis Street between the Sunnyside Yards and a point 75 feet from Jackson Avenue and 60 feet for the remaining street frontages of the two blocks, thereby ensuring predictable, pedestrian-scaled building bases for new buildings on these two blocks. Buildings with base heights as low as 10 to 15 feet, depending on the ground floor use, could be developed on two blocks within Area C of the QP Subdistrict. The proposed zoning text amendment is also proposed for Section 117-56 to allow projects associated with ULURP applications filed prior to the date of this amendment to proceed under the current provisions. An application for a special permit to increase the allowable floor area ratio (FAR) from 5.0 to 8.0 is expected to be filed for a proposed development on Block 86/72, which is currently developed with a loft building complex known as 5Pointz. The proposed text amendment to Section 117-56 would allow the special permit project to proceed under the current height and setback provisions.

The proposed text amendments are intended to enliven streets where the proposed text amendment would allow small sidewalk cafes and support the growing residential, employee, student, and tourist populations along them and encourage buildings to relate harmoniously to surrounding development through appropriate minimum base heights and establish a strong pedestrian scale along the streets on which they front.

These changes are intended to reinforce the character of existing retail corridors and help to enliven emerging retail corridors and ensure predictable and pedestrian scaled building forms. The sidewalk cafes would promote active uses along established and emerging retail corridors and the minimum base height modification would promote a consistent and predictable streetscape. The text amendment would not increase the allowable FAR or change the location or type of development allowed. The proposed action is intended to produce better urban design and predictability along the existing and emerging retail corridors. The proposed text amendments are not intended to induce new development.

Absent the proposed action, the existing LIC/M1-5/R7-3 zoning would remain in effect and the existing sidewalk cafes would be removed. The analysis year is 2022.

The project is located along portions of 195 blocks in the LIC District and PC District in the Long Island City and Sunnyside neighborhoods of Queens, Community Districts 1 and 2, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: r_dobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


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