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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/9/2013

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 62 Wooster Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 62 Wooster LLC, for a special permit under Section 74-711 of the Zoning Resolution, to waive the use regulations of ZR Section 42-142(D) to allow residential and commercial uses in an existing building. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to convert the second through sixth stories of an existing, vacant, 41,240 gross square foot six-story building to residential use, and create 15 dwelling units. The ground floor and cellar is projected to contain approximately 5,650 square feet of commercial/retail uses, most likely a commercial art gallery and small retail stores, but the terms of the Special Permit would forbid eating and drinking establishments.

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 gsf 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.

M1-5A districts, which are mapped in the SoHo Cast Iron District, allow manufacturing and commercial uses at a maximum FAR of 5.0, and community facility uses at a maximum FAR of 6.5. Artists may occupy joint living-work quarters (referred to as JLWQA) in an M1-5A district, provided that the lot area is 5,000 square feet or less.

Absent the proposed action, the Special Permit would not be granted, the current building would be renovated, and office uses would be developed on the upper floors, along with permitted commercial/warehouse uses on the ground floor and in the cellar.

The proposed action required New York City's Landmark Presevation Commission (NYC LPC) approval because the property lies within the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District. The applicant has a Certificate of Appropriateness dated October 23, 2007 which was amended on June 19, 2012; and July 25, 2012; and is in connection with the Application and the use modification.

The build year for the proposed project is 2014.

The project is located on an L-shaped lot fronting both the east side of Wooster Street between Broome Street and Spring Street, and the north side of Broome Street between Wooster Street and Greene Street, in the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District within Manhattan, Community District 2, New York.

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.

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