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ENB - Region 2 Notices 3/27/2013

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from 1107D LLC for a site known as the Former Getty Service Station No. 00564, site ID #C224176. This site is located in the City of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 1103-1107 DeKalb Avenue 11221. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than April 26, 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: Shaun Bollers, NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, One Hunters Point Plaza, 1st Floor, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-4096, E-mail: snboller@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed City University of New York (CUNY) Brooklyn College Nostrand Avenue Development Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposed new, mixed-use, multi-story, approximately 249,560 gross square foot building that would be situated on the eastern edge of the Brooklyn College campus. The building would comprise an approximately 139,389 gross square foot facility for the College's School of Business, an approximately 72,522-gross square foot, 242 bed dormitory and approximately 20,549 gross square foot of ground-floor retail space on Nostrand Avenue. The proposed project would also include an approximately 17,100 gross square foot, 57 space parking garage and approximately 14 surface parking spaces in an approximately 6,300 gross square foot parking lot and would also relocate the eastern end of the College's internal roadway to the southern edge of the Project Site, creating a new two-way driveway/service road off of Nostrand Avenue. The dormitory portion of the building would be approximately 12 stories tall, while the remainder of the building would be 4 stories tall and would house the ground-floor retail and academic space. The building's parking garage would be located either in a portion of the ground floor and/or in a cellar level. The Proposed Project would include a workforce of approximately 100 employees. An additional element of the Proposed Project would be the conversion of Avenue H from Nostrand Avenue to Campus Road from two-way operation to one-way westbound operation.

For purposes of SEQR/CEQR, several discretionary actions would be necessary to implement the Proposed Project, including: DASNY's Authorization of the Issuance of Bonds and/or Expenditure of Bond Proceeds and Approval of the Acquisition of Real Property from the City of New York; the New York City Planning Commission's approvals for a Change in the City Map, the Disposition of Real Property to DASNY, and a Zoning Map Amendment; and the CUNY's Final Approval to Undertake and Fund the Proposed Project.

The project is located 2190-2210 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Sara Stein, DASNY, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, NY 10119, Phone: (212) 273-5092, E-mail: sstein@dasny.org.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 361 Broadway will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Knightsbridge Properties Corp, for an authorization from the New York City Planning Commission to modify street wall requirements pursuant to ZR 35-24 (e)(5). The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to enlarge the building at 361 Broadway with a two-story penthouse addition surrounded by a terrace and set back approximately 18 feet along Broadway to the east and 8 feet along Franklin Street to the north.

The subject site, owned by the applicant, is zoned C6-4A, which allows residential and commercial uses at a floor area ratio (FAR) of 10.0. Independent of the proposed action, the applicant will be converting the landmark building into mixed-use residential apartments and commercial space including the construction of two duplex penthouse units above the building roof top. Absent the proposed action, the applicant would construct a glass street wall enclosing the penthouse addition in compliance with the street wall requirements of ZR Section 35-24(b)(3)

The project is located at the northwest corner of Broadway and Franklin Street, within the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 1, 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.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed St. Francis Preparatory School Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, St. Francis Preparatory School, for a zoning map amendment from R3-2 to R4. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to enlarge an existing, 247,979 gross square foot community facility building, the St. Francis Preparatory School, by approximately 58,000 gross square feet.

The subject site, owned by the applicant, is zoned R3-2, which allows residential uses at a floor area ratio (FAR) of .60 and community facility uses at an FAR of 1.0. The proposed rezoning would establish an R4 zone over the subject site, permitting residential uses with an FAR of .75 and community facility uses with an FAR of 2.0. The adjacent sites, not under the applicant's control, and also currently zoned R3-2, contain the 115,000 gross square feet Special Education Public School 4Q, and an approximately 500,000 gross square feet public park. Absent the proposed action, the entire affected area would remain as in existing conditions.

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to noise, an (E) designation (E-301) has been incorporated into the proposed act.

The project is located on a portion of a block located at the southwest corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and the Long Island Expressway Eastbound Service Road, within the Fresh Meadows neighborhood of Queens, Community District 8, 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.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed River Plaza 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, Kingsbridge Associates, for a zoning map amendment from M1-1 and R6/C1-3 to C8-3 affecting an approximately 436,010 square foot area located in the Marble Hill neighborhood of the southwestern Bronx. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to enlarge an existing shopping center known as River Plaza. The shopping center consists of three commercial buildings, including Target, the anchor tenant. The applicant intends to construct 25,680 gross square foot of additional retail space on the roof of the Target building and approximately 11,000 gross square foot of additional storage space would be added next to the existing loading docks at the southeastern end of the Target building (for a total expansion of approximately 37,000 gross square foot) and reduce the number of accessory parking spaces provided at the River Plaza shopping center from 807 to 665.

Currently, the River Plaza shopping center is developed with approximately 263,148 gross square foot of commercial floor area and storage space in three separate commercial buildings, and has 807 accessory spaces (187 at grade and 620 on the roof of the Target building). Vehicular access to the shopping center is provided at an entrance along 225th Street that leads to the at-grade parking and an entrance on 225th Street and the southern terminus of Exterior Street that leads to the rooftop parking above Target. The current, built FAR of the shopping center is 0.25. Absent the proposed action, the affected area would remain unchanged.

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials, an (E) designation (E-303) has been incorporated into the proposed action.

The project is located at 300 West Kingsbridge Road in the Marble Hill neighborhood of Bronx, Community District 7, New York. The affected area is generally bounded by Broadway to the west, West 225th Street to the north, the Major Deegan Expressway (Route 87) to the east, and the Hudson Line of Metro North Railroad to the south.

The conditions are:

The applicant agrees to contact the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) within six months after the completion of this project and to inform them of the need to implement the following traffic mitigations:

  • At the intersection of West 225th Street and Broadway, to transfer one second of green time from the southbound phase to the westbound phase during the weekday midday peak period. Additionally, to transfer one second of green time to the westbound phase and two seconds of green time to the north/south phase for a total reduction of three seconds of green time from the southbound only movement during the weekday PM and Saturday peak periods.
  • At the intersection of West 225th Street at Exterior Street, it is proposed to transfer three seconds of green time from the east/west phase to the north/south phase during the PM peak period and two seconds of green time from the east/west phase to the north/south phase during the Saturday peak period.
  • At the intersection of West 225th Street at Bailey Avenue, it is proposed to transfer two seconds of green time from the east/west phase to the north/south phase during the weekday PM peak period and three seconds of green time from the east/west phase to the north/south phase during the Saturday peak period.

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.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Queens County (Queens) - The Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed City University of New York (CUNY) LaGuardia Community College Center III Facade Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on April 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the LaGuardia Community College Center III, 29-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY.

The action involves DASNY's authorization of the issuance and/or expenditure of tax-exempt bond proceeds on behalf of CUNY. The proceeds would be used to finance the design and construction of the LaGuardia Community College Façade Project, which would consist of: (a) the demolition of the substantially-deteriorated, terra cotta façade and installation of a panelized curtain-wall system; (b) the demolition of a one-story, 24,000 gross square foot building and the construction of a 11,000 gross square foot loading area and 21,500 gross square foot landscaped area; (c) the relocation of the lobby entrance; (d) the realignment of the sidewalk along Thomson Avenue, replacement of sidewalk bollards, sidewalk extensions, and the investigation of changing 29th Street into a one-way street; and (e) the replacement/rehabilitation of the rooftop sign structure and sign message. The project is located at 29-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

Contact: Joanna Oliver, DASNY, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, NY 10119, Phone: (212) 273-5023, E-mail: joliver@dasny.org.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft SEIS

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Willets Point Development Project. The Draft SEIS is available on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oec/html/ceqr/project_willets_point.shtml.

The action involves proposed modifications to the previously approved Willets Point Development Plan for the Special Willets Point District in Queens to include the proposed "Willets West" development on the surface parking lot west of the CitiField baseball stadium; the development of structured parking facilities on surface parking lots south of Roosevelt Avenue; and changes to the phasing of the project. The proposed project could result in up to 10.34 million square feet of development and include residential, retail, hotel, convention center, entertainment, commercial office, community facility, open space, and parking uses. The proposed actions would include a zoning text amendment to allow use modifications as part of a phased development within the Special Willets Point District, a special permit to allow interim surface parking/recreation uses within the Special Willets Point District, modification of the existing lease for the CitiField property and adjacent parking properties, Mayoral and Queens Borough Board approval of the business terms pursuant to New York City Charter section 384(b)(4), approval for the waiver of the mortgage recording tax for property within the Special Willets Point District, and minor modification of previously approved changes to the City Map to modify the staging for the closure of City Streets. The Notice of Completion and the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement were issued by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development on Friday, March 15, 2013.

The project is located on a 108.9 acre project site is roughly bounded by Shea Road and Northern Boulevard to the north, the Van Wyck Expressway to the east, Roosevelt Avenue and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Corona Rail Yard to the south, and Shea Road to the west in Willetts Point, Queens, New York.

Contact: Robert Holbrook, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3706, E-mail: rholbrook@nycedc.com.


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