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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/22/2013

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed United State Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Strategic Vision Project. The Final EIS is available for public inspection from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, The Arsenal in Central Park and the Al Oerter Recreation Center 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 on line at: http://nyc.gov/parks/NTC-Project or by contacting the person listed below.

The action involves proposed improvements and an expansion to the facilities at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC), located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. The 42-acre NTC is one of the world's largest public recreational tennis facilities. For 11 months of the year, its facilities are open to the public for indoor and outdoor tennis. The NTC is also host to the US Open, 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 Grandstand Stadium in a new location at the southwest corner of the NTC site, as well as possible improvements to Arthur Ashe Stadium. The proposed project would also include modifications to tournament courts and ancillary buildings, the construction of two new parking garages, the relocation of a connector road, and pedestrian enhancements. To accommodate the proposed project, 0.94 acres of land would be added to the NTC site, including 0.68 acres of park land that would be alienated, and 0.26-acres of previously alienated park land that is outside the current lease. Just to the south of the NTC, the relocated connector road and new sidewalks would be built on an approximately 0.3-acre area. Improvements to park features in Flushing Meadows Corona Park would also be provided. The proposed project would also enable the USTA to accommodate an extra 10,000 daily spectators during the US Open. In response to comments made during the public review process, the City and USTA have agreed that USTA will surrender a portion of its currently alienated and leased land that is more than double the 0.68 acres of park land that the USTA seeks to lease. The replacement park land totals 1.56 acres, comprising 0.75 acres of landscaped areas and 0.81 acres of space for active recreation containing 5 tennis courts. The NTC would have no control over these parcels, except during the US Open when they may be granted permission to have exclusive use. The NTC may also seek permission from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for use of the tennis courts for other tournaments. The project is located USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis center, Meridian Road, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, Queens, New York, surrounding Community Districts #3, 4, 6, 7 8, 9.

Contact: Joshua Laird, Planning and Parklands, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 401, New York, NY 10605; Phone: (212) 360-3402; Fax: (212) 360-3453; E-mail: Joshua.Laird@parks.nyc.gov.

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