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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/1/2013

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 LSG 400 Carroll Street LLC and LSG 363 Bond Street LLC for a site known as 400 Carroll Street and 363 Bond Street, site ID #C224173. This site is located in the City of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 400 Carroll Street and 363 Bond Street 11231. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than June 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 John Grathwol, NYS DEC- Division of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau B, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, E-mail: jcgrathw@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 36 Bleecker Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 36 Bleecker Owner LP, for an authorization from the New York City Planning Commission to modify height and setback requirements pursuant to ZR 109-124 and modification of building façade regulations pursuant to Section 109-131. In addition, the applicant is seeking a certification for a minor modification pursuant to ZR Section 15-30(b) for a minor modification of the rooftop recreation space requirement set forth in ZR Section 15-12; the certification is a ministerial action not subject to environmental review. The proposed actions will facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a rooftop addition of 2,569 gross square feet to an existing vacant 7 story warehouse building located at 36 Bleecker Street as well as bringing the existing non-conformance building into conformance with height and setback regulations. The subject site, owned by the applicant, is zoned C6-2, which allows residential uses at a floor area ratio (FAR) up to 6.02 and commercial uses with a maximum of 6.0 FAR. Absent the proposed action, the applicant intends to convert as of right, the existing building (61,069 gross square feet) from warehouse storage to residential use without providing the proposed rooftop addition of 2,569 gross square feet open space. To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to air quality, noise and hazardous materials an (E) designation (E-306) has been incorporated into the proposed action. The project is located on the southeast corner of Bleecker Street at the intersection of Mott Street, within the NoHo neighborhood of 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, Fax: (212) 720-3495, E-mail: c_evans@planning.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 22-44 Jackson Avenue project 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 applicant, G&M Realty, L.P., is seeking a special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 117-56 (Bulk Modifications on Blocks 86/72 and 403) to allow an increase in the maximum floor area ratio (FAR) from 5.0 to 8.0 and to modify the street wall regulations of ZR Section 117-531 (Street wall location) and the setback regulations of ZR Section 117-532 (Setback regulations for buildings that exceed the maximum base height). The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to redevelop the project site with a mixed residential and commercial development containing 1,170,299 gross square feet (gsf) of floor area (for a total of 8.0 FAR), consisting of 1,000 dwelling units, 45,609 gsf of residential amenity space, 50,302 gsf of retail space, 2,280 gsf of artist work space, 32,099 sf of publicly accessible open space, and a 250-space public parking garage. The 250-space public parking garage is required by the special permit and would occupy approximately 72,185 gsf in the cellar, ground, and second floors (below 23 feet above grade). The proposed garage would have two means of egress/ingress, with one curb cut on Crane Street and the other on Davis Street. The proposed special permit requires that at least 20,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space be provided, and the proposed project would provide 32,099 sf spread throughout various areas of the project site. Modifying the street wall requirements would allow a publicly accessible landscaped sitting area at the northwest corner of the block, two recesses in the building frontage above the ground floor, and a widened sidewalk along Davis Street, which would allow the placement of trees and benches and the building to be pulled back from the elevated train tracks. Along Crane Street, the modified street wall requirements are needed to allow for the required publicly accessible open space areas. Modifying the setback requirements would allow the applicant to build two residential towers, of approximately 47 and 41 stories (or 440 and 498 feet, respectively, to the top of the bulkhead), above a base of varying heights-60 feet along the Jackson Avenue frontage and the north and south ends of Crane Street, 40 feet along Davis Street, and 20 feet in the central portion of Crane Street. Absent the proposed action, the applicant has stated that the project site would be developed with an as-of-right mixed use building consisting of approximately 628 dwelling units, 50,240 gsf of retail space and an accessory 225-space parking garage. The applicant has entered the project site into the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (NYSDEC Site C241138), which requires investigation and remediation of the project site prior to redevelopment. The project is located at 22-44 Jackson Avenue in the Hunters Point neighborhood of Queens, New York. The site is bounded by Jackson Avenue to the north, Davis Street and the elevated No. 7 train to the east, the Sunnyside Yards to the south, and Crane Street to the west.

Conditions: The applicant agrees to contact the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) within six months after the completion of this project to inform them of the need to implement the following traffic mitigations: A 1.0-second shift of green time at the Jackson Avenue and Davis Street/23rd Street intersection from the eastbound/westbound approaches to the northbound/southbound approaches is required during the AM and midday peak hours, respectively, and a 3.0-second shift of green time is required during the PM peak hour.

Contact: Celeste Evans, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321, Fax: (212) 720-3495, E-mail: c_evans@planning.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Astoria Cove Development may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted through June 7, 2013. A public scoping session will be held on May 28, 2013, in two sessions with the first session starting at 3:00 pm and the second starting at 6:30 pm, at the Cafeteria of the Goodwill Astoria Headquarters located at 4-21 27th Avenue, Astoria, New York, 11102; access through the main lobby on 4th Street. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, New York 10007, Robert Dobruskin, AICP, Director (212) 720-3423; or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10038, Robert Kulikowski, Ph.D., Director (212) 788-2937. The online version of the Draft Scope of Work is available on the NYC Department of City Planning's public website located at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/scope.shtml. The applicant, 2030 Astoria Developers, LLC, is requesting several discretionary actions from the New York City Planning Commission (CPC) to facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a mixed-use predominantly residential development on an approximately 8.7-acre site comprised of approximately 1,701 dwelling units, of which a minimum of 340 dwelling units would be affordable; approximately 117,000 gross sf of local retail space, including an approximately 25,000 gross sf supermarket; an elementary school with approximately 456-seats (K-5); approximately 940 accessory parking spaces; and approximately 142,000 sf of publicly accessible open space. The proposed development would require approval by the CPC of a zoning map amendment, several zoning text amendments, City map amendments, a large-scale general development special permit, waterfront special permits, authorization to modify waterfront public access area requirements, and a waterfront certification. In addition, the proposed development would require approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for two proposed new stormwater outfalls to be located at the end of 4th and 9th Streets. NYSDEC approval will also be required as part of the proposed waterfront esplanade falls within NYSDEC-regulated adjacent area. Additionally, a State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit from the NYSDEC will also be required for stormwater discharges during the construction period because construction on the project site involves more than one acre. The applicant may also seek New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) approval of an Affordable Housing Plan pursuant to the Inclusionary Housing Program and potential financing from City and/or State agencies including HPD, the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), and/or NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) for affordable housing construction. The rezoning area consists of a waterfront area (Block 907, Lots 1 & 8, and Block 906, Lots 1 & 5) and an upland area (Block 908, Lot 12 and Block 909, Lot 35) located along 26th Avenue between 4th Street and 9th Street in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Dept. of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, Fax: (212) 720-3495.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (New York) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed East Midtown Rezoning and Related Actions. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held at a date to be announced. Advance notice will be given of the time and place of hearing. The Draft EIS is available from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, New York 10007, Robert Dobruskin, Director (212) 720-3423; or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10038, Robert Kulikowski, Director (212) 788-9956. The online version of the DEIS is available at the following publically accessible web site: NYC Department of City Planning's website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml. The applicant, the New York City Department of City Planning, is requesting zoning map and zoning text amendments, and a potential change to the City Map (collectively, the "Proposed Action") affecting the rezoning area described below. The proposed action would ensure that East Midtown's stature as a preeminent commercial district and one of the world's best business addresses is retained, while providing for pedestrian network improvements in the area. The proposed action encompasses the following discretionary actions that are subject to review under the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, as well as pursuant to Section 200 of the City Charter: zoning text amendment to establish the East Midtown Subdistrict within the Special Midtown District, superseding the existing Grand Central Subdistrict; and zoning map amendment to replace the existing C5-2 designation on the block between East 42nd and East 43rd Streets, and Second and Third Avenues with C5-3 and C5-2.5 districts, which will be mapped within the Special Midtown District. In addition, the City may in the future amend the City Map to reflect a 'Public Place' designation over portions of Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and East 47th Streets. The rezoning area consists of an approximately 70-block area within East Midtown, in Manhattan Community Districts 5 and 6, and is generally bounded by East 39th Street to the south, East 57th Street to the north, Second and Third Avenues to the east and a line 150 feet east of Fifth Avenue to the west.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212)720-3423, Fax: (212)720-3495.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)on the proposed Halletts Point Rezoning. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held at a date to be announced, in conjunction with the City Planning Commission's citywide public hearing pursuant to Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. Written comments on the DEIS are requested and will be received and considered until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing. Hard copies of the DEIS are available for public inspection at: Environmental Assessment and Review Division, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, New York 10007, Celeste Evans (212) 720-3321, or online at the following publically accessible website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/halletts_point.shtml. NYC Department of City Planning's website at Halletts A Development Company, LLC (the "Applicant") is requesting discretionary approvals that will facilitate a mixed use development on several parcels on Halletts Point along the East River in Astoria, Queens. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) would be the applicant for certain discretionary approvals. The project site comprises all or portions of eight existing tax lots on the Halletts Point peninsula (tentative tax lot numbers to be determined). The project site contains eight building sites on which new development would occur with the proposed project. In total, eight buildings (Buildings 1 through 8) would be developed on the project site. In order to facilitate a better site plan and flexibility in the location of affordable housing units among the project sites, the Applicant proposes the creation of a Large-Scale General Development (LSGD) Plan that would include Buildings 1 through 5 and the Astoria Houses Campus (including Buildings 6 through 8). The creation of the LSGD would be facilitated by the alienation of a 10-foot-wide strip of parkland of Hallett's Cove Playground to create a single zoning lot containing Buildings 2 through 5 and the Astoria Houses Campus, including Buildings 6, 7, and 8. In total, the LSGD would contain two zoning lots: one containing Building 1 on the Eastern Zoning Lot and a second containing the Waterfront Parcel and the NYCHA Parcel, including the Parks Parcel. The use of an approximately 10-foot-wide alienated portion of the Hallett's Cove Playground would require the jurisdictional transfer of parkland from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to NYCHA. The development of Buildings 6, 7, and 8 would be facilitated by the disposition of NYCHA property, which is subject to Section 18 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 and approval by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For Buildings 6 and 7, the NYCHA property would be disposed of to the Applicant for development as part of this application. Building 8 would not be developed by the Applicant; rather, it is expected that this application would facilitate a future disposition action by NYCHA with the development entity and specific building program subject to a future request for proposal by NYCHA. A separate Section 18 disposition action for Building 8 would be pursued in the future at the time a development entity is designated by NYCHA. The disposition of NYCHA property would also require a federal approval from HUD that is subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) acts as a Responsible Entity for NYCHA's environmental reviews pursuant to 24 CFR Part 58 and for the proposed disposition approval from the HUD. HPD and HUD therefore serve as Involved Agencies under CEQR. In order to facilitate a mixed-use development that includes affordable and market-rate housing, publicly accessible waterfront open space and an esplanade, and neighborhood commercial uses including a supermarket, the proposed project would require a number of zoning map changes; zoning text amendments; LSGD special permits related to bulk; waterfront special permits, authorizations, and certifications; and mapping actions. Other discretionary actions being requested include disposition of public housing property, use of development rights associated with lands underwater, and other potential financing approval for affordable housing. The application also includes requests to: (1) rezone a portion of the Astoria Houses Campus to include a commercial overlay over the existing residential zoning district along Astoria Boulevard and 27th Avenue; and (2) establish Whitey Ford Field as a mapped public parkland and to rezone a portion of the adjacent streetbed. The project is located at Halletts Point Peninsula, Queens, NY.

Contact: Celeste Evans, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321, Fax: (212) 720-3495, E-mail: c_evans@planning.nyc.gov .


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