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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/8/2013

Public Notice

Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application with Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan (RIWP) from 3SK Corp. for a site known as 1299 1st Avenue, site ID #C231072. This site is located in the City of New York, within the County of New York, and is located at 1299 1st Avenue, 10021. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than June 7, 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 Mandy Yau, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, mxyau@gw.dec.state.ny.us or (718) 482-4897.

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Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period on Draft EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - This notice has been issued to announce the extension of the public comment period for the World Trade Center Campus Security Plan DEIS from Wednesday, May 8, 2013 to 5:00 PM Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Notice was originally posted in the ENB on April 10, 2013 to announce the acceptance of the Draft EIS and public hearing. The public hearing was held on 4/23/2013. The DEIS is available for public review at NYC Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038; or on-line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/crime_prevention/counterterrorism.shtml. Please send comments to: David Kelly, Counterterrorism Division, New York City Police Department, One Police Plaza, New York, NY10038; Phone: (646) 610-4557, Email: WTCEIS@nypd.org.

The Campus Security Plan will create a comprehensive vehicle security perimeter for the WTC Campus to protect against vehicle-borne explosive devices while ensuring an open environment that is hospitable to remembrance, culture, and commerce. The Campus Security Plan bars unscreened vehicles from entering the WTC Campus and certain areas at the perimeter of the Site and creates increased stand-off distances to reduce the risk of catastrophic damage to persons and property. A vehicle seeking to enter restricted areas would be subject to credentialing to determine whether entry is authorized and screening to ensure the vehicle does not contain dangerous material. The project location includes streets surrounding the World Trade Center Site in Lower Manhattan, NY.

Contact: David Kelly, Counterterrorism Division, New York City Police Department, One Police Plaza, New York, NY10038; Phone: (646) 610-4557, Email: WTCEIS@nypd.org.


Netive Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The NY City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Culture Shed will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs requesting a text amendment of certain provisions of Article IX, Chapter 3 of the Zoning Resolution, applicable to the Hudson Yards Special District, to facilitate the development of a cultural facility know as the "Culture Shed." The Culture Shed would be located within a fixed building (the "Culture Shed Building"), with a retractable shed (the "Shed Portion") that would be deployed within a plaza to the east of the Culture Shed Building to provide additional space for exhibits and other activities. Tower D, an approximately 814-foot tall residential building, will be developed immediately west of and abutting the proposed Culture Shed Building by the developer of the balance of the Eastern Rail Yard (ERY). Tower D would contain back office and similar space for the proposed Culture Shed, and would share mechanical space with the proposed project. The Culture Shed Building will contain approximately 179,141 gsf (80,587 sf of zoning floor area), and the Shed portion, when deployed, would add 19,054 gsf (0 sf of zoning floor area), for a total of 198,195 gsf. The Culture Shed Building is expected to be 107 feet tall, and the Shed Portion, when deployed would be 125 feet tall (both heights relative to the plaza level at elevation of 40 feet). A Culture Facility Plaza with a lot area of approximately 17,758 gsf would be developed to the east of the Culture Shed Building. When the Shed Portion is not deployed, the Culture Facility Plaza would be used for a variety of activities that would be open to the public. East of the Culture Facility Plaza would be the connection to the High Line, a required public access area with a minimum width of 60 feet. The 2004 Hudson Yards Rezoning Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) included analysis of a 100,000 gsf cultural facility on the ERY site. The development plan was later modified and the 2009 FEIS, prepared for the amendment to Hudson Yards allowing for development of the Western Rail Yard, anticipated a cultural facility of up to 200,000 gsf on the ERY site. In order to develop the Culture Shed according to the proposed site plan and including the proposed design features (a moveable roof that allows for additional enclosed space), zoning actions are required. The proposed text amendment would allow the Culture Shed to be treated as a community facility use, for the purposes of most provisions of the Zoning Resolution, with the exception of certain provisions related to floor area and accessory signage. It is assumed that absent the proposed action, the City would facilitate the development of the ERY site according to the program analyzed in the 2009 Western Rail Yard FEIS. The Environmental Assessment and Review Division of the Department of City Planning, on behalf of the City Planning Commission, has completed its technical review of the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS), dated February 1, 2012 prepared in connection with the ULURP application (no. 130178 ZRM). The analysis year for the proposed actions in the EAS is 2017. The City Planning Commission has determined that the proposed action will have no significant effect on the quality of the environment. The proposed project is to be developed on a portion of Subarea A1 of the Eastern Rail Yards in Manhattan, between West 30th and West 31st Streets and between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.

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, Email: c_evans@planning.nyc.gov .


Positive Declaration with Public Scoping Session

Bronx County (Bronx) - The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Kingsbridge National Ice Center may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A copy of the EAS, Positive Declaration and Draft Scope may be obtained from: Robert R. Kulikowski, 100 Gold Street - 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038; or on-line at: www.nyc.gov/oec. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until 5:00 pm Monday, June 3, 2013, and may be submitted at the public scoping meeting or to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development at the address below. A public scoping session will be held on May 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm at the Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, New York 10468. Please note: any person wishing to speak at the public scoping meeting must register to do so not later than 8:00 pm.

The action involves the proposed redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory building (the "Armory") with approximately 763,000 square feet of new uses, including approximately 480 parking spaces. The proposed project would be located in the Kingsbridge Heights neighborhood of the Bronx on Block 3247, Lot 10 and a portion of Lot 2. The project site occupies most of the block bounded by West 195th Street, Reservoir Avenue, West Kingsbridge Road, and Jerome Avenue. The site is largely occupied by the Armory building that is substantially vacant, apart from the storage of graffiti removal trucks by the Mayor's Office's "Graffiti Free NYC" program. In addition to the Armory building, the project site includes small landscaped areas east, south, and west of the Armory building. The Armory is a New York City Landmark (NYCL) and is listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places (S/NR).

The proposed project would redevelop the Armory with approximately 763,000 square feet (sf) of new development, including 9 ice rinks; approximately 63,000 sf of related program space, including a wellness/off-ice training center, curling rinks, and lockers/equipment storage; approximately 58,000 sf of related food and beverage, concession, and retail space; and approximately 50,000 sf of community facility space, which is assumed to include fitness and recreation facilities, multipurpose rooms, child care, and meeting rooms for local community use. The proposed ice rinks are intended for use by neighborhood students and residents, high school and college leagues, open skating times, instructional training, adult professional (minor league) and non-professional hockey games, figure skating, and speed skating, and other ice events. The central, main rink would have a capacity of approximately 5,000 seats; the other rinks would have temporary bleacher seating (approximately 100 seat-capacity per rink). Approximately 480 public parking spaces (approximately 193,000 square feet) would be provided in the Armory's cellar levels.

The project would involve some changes to the exterior of the historic Armory structure, to provide additional pedestrian and vehicular access, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and to accommodate required mechanical systems. These are anticipated to include several new pedestrian entrances and exits on the north side of the building, a new accessible entrance at the southwest corner of the building, and a new vehicular entrance and loading dock on the north side of the building. In addition, there would be several screened openings at the building's roof for the HVAC system, which could be visible from some nearby vantage points, and signage within and adjacent to the Armory structure. Solar panels are proposed to be installed on the upper (flat) portion of the roof on the south side of the building. Alterations to the historic structure would be designed in consultation with and subject to approval by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) (and, as required, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation [OPRHP]). If the proposed project is approved, it is anticipated that site preparation and construction for the project would commence in late 2014 and the first full year of operation is expected to be 2018. The project is located 29 West Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10468.

Contact: Robert R. Kulikowski, 100Gold Street - 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038; Phone: (212) 788-2937, Fax: (212) 7882941, E-mail: rkulikowski@cityhall.nyc.gov.


Notice of Accetance of Final EIS

New York County (New York) - The New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Victoria Theater Redevelopment Civic and Land Use Improvement Project. A hard copy of the FEIS is available at ESD, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 and Harlem CDC, 163 West 125th Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10027; or on-line at: http://10.74.80.40//Subsidiaries_Projects/VictoriaTheater.html; or at: http://harlemcdc.org/docments.html. The action involves the redevelopment of the site of approximately 385,000 gross square foot, 27-story mixed-use facility. The Project would include an approximately 210-key select service hotel inclusive of an approximately 5,000 square foot ballroom and dining and entertainment space; approximately 230 units of rental housing, of which 50% would be affordable; an approximately 25,000 square foot cultural arts center that features a 199·seat black box theater; a 99·seat flexible performlng space, as well as exhibit and rehearsal spaces; an additional approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space; and below·grade parking. The project is located at 235 West 125th Street, New York, NY.

Contact: Rachel Shatz, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017; Phone: (212) 803-3252, E-mail: rshatz@esd.ny.gov .


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