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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/16/2013

Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 98 Montague Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request for a Variance (§72-21) to permit a transient hotel (Use Group 5), contrary to use regulations in C1-3/R7-1, R6 zoning districts. The project is located at 98 Montague Street in the Borough of Brooklyn, New York.

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

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) Strategic Vision Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held in conjunction with the New York City Planning Commission's public hearing pursuant to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Written comments on the Draft EIS should be forwarded to the contact address listed below, and will be accepted by NYC DPR until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing. Subsequent notice will be given as to the time and place of the public hearing and the close of the public comment period. The Draft EIS is available for public inspection at the following locations: NYC DPR, The Arsenal location in Central Park and the Al Oerter Recreation Center location in Queens; USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Indoor Tennis Center; Queens Public Library at the branches in Corona, Jackson Heights, Langston Hughes, Lefrak City, Forest Hills, Flushing, Kew Gardens Hills and Richmond Hill; and can be obtained on-line at: http://nyc.gov/parks/NTC-Project.

The action involves proposed improvements to and an expansion of the NTC by USTA National Tennis Center, Inc. The 42 acre NTC is one of the world's largest public recreational tennis facilities, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, on park land leased from NYC DPR. For 11 months of the year, NTC facilities are open to the public for indoor and outdoor tennis. The NTC is also host to the US Open tennis tournament, one of the sport's four Grand Slam championship tennis tournaments. The proposed project would improve the NTC site plan, circulation, visitor amenities, and landscaping, and would include construction of two new stadiums to replace the existing Louis Armstrong Stadium in the same location and the Grandstand Stadium in a new location at the southwest corner of the NTC site, improvements to Arthur Ashe Stadium, a temporary stadium on the site of Louis Armstrong Stadium for one US Open tournament during construction, and two new parking garages. The project would add 1.02 acres to the NTC site, including up to 0.76 acres of park land that would be alienated, and 0.26 acres of previously alienated park land that is currently not covered by the NTC lease.

The project is located at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Meridian Road in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, Queens, New York.

Contact: Joshua Laird, NYC DPR, The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 401, New York NY 10065, Phone: (212)360-3402, E-mail: Joshua.Laird@parks.nyc.gov.

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