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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/29/2013

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 175 West 89th Street (South Building) and 144-148 West 90th Street (North Building) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the issuance of a variance (§72-21) to permit an enlargement to an existing school (Stephen Gaynor School), contrary to lot coverage (§24-11), rear yard (§24-36/33-26), and height and setback (§24-522) regulations. C1-9 & R7-2 zoning districts. The project is located at 175 West 89th Street (South Building) and 144-148 West 90th Street (North Building) in Manhattan, New York.

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

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Seaside Park and Community Arts Center 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 June 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln High School, 2800 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11235. The Environmental Impact Statement (EAS), Positive Declaration, and draft Scope of Work are available at: www.nyc.gov/oec.

The action involves the development of approximately 2.55 acres of publicly accessible open space, which would include an approximately 5,000 seat amphitheater, as well as the restoration and adaptive reuse of the former Childs Restaurant building in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 13. The proposed Seaside Park and Community Arts Center is intended to continue the City of New York's efforts to reinvigorate Coney Island by introducing a new recreational and entertainment destination on the Riegelmann Boardwalk. It is anticipated that the proposed amphitheater and other project components would be completed by summer 2015, with the first full year of operation in 2016. The proposed amphitheater would be an interim use authorized for a period of ten years pursuant to a New York City Planning Commission Special Permit. Upon completion, the amphitheater would be owned by the City of New York and operated by a not-for-profit entity under a long term lease with the city. The amphitheater would serve as the venue for a variety of concerts, community events, and public gatherings, such as the Seaside Summer Concert Series. The proposed indoor entertainment, banquet, and restaurant facility at the Childs Restaurant building would be open year-round.

The project is located on the Riegelmann Boardwalk, West 21st Street to 23rd Street in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Robert Kulikowski, New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-9956, Email: rkulikowski@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Small Business Services, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed St. George Waterfront Redevelopment Project. The Draft EIS is available by e-mail at: StGeorgeWaterfront@nycedc.com or calling (212) 312-3938; the New York City Office of Environmental Coordination (NYC EDC) offices at 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038 and on line at: www.nycedc.com/project/st-george-waterfront.

The action involves the simultaneous development of two sites along the St. George Waterfront in Staten Island, New York and are referred to as the "North Site" and the "South Site," located adjacent to and on either side of the Richmond County Bank Ballpark (Stadium), and just north of the Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal (Ferry Terminal). Both sites are currently zoned M1-1.

The North Site consists of a portion of Staten Island Block 2, Lot 20 and would be developed with the New York Observation Wheel, an approximately 625 foot tall observation wheel providing panoramic views of New York Harbor and New York City, a 120,000 gross square foot Wheel Terminal Building with various commercial, retail (including merchandising and restaurants), exhibition space, theater space, and accessory uses, and approximately 950 public and accessory parking spaces and 12 bus spaces. The South Site, consisting of a separate portion of Staten Island Block 2, Lot 20, as well as portions of Block 2, Lots 1, 5, and 10 would be developed with the St. George Retail Development, which would include a 340,000 gross square foot terraced retail outlet center, a 200 room 130,000 gross square foot hotel, a 20,000 gross square foot catering facility and approximately 1,250 public and accessory parking spaces. Developments on both sites propose decking over (but not eliminating) the adjacent railroad right of way.

In addition, a new waterborne transit landing may also be pursued as a third project component independent of the proposed North Site and South Site developments. The potential waterborne transit landing would be located adjacent to the Stadium at the end of the Wall Street Ramp. This potential waterborne transit would allow an additional means of travel to the project sites from landings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey.

Construction is anticipated to commence in late 2013 with all construction completed by late 2016. No build conditions are projected through 2016 and are based on the assumption that conditions on the site would not change in the future without the proposed project.

Contact: Julieanne Herskowitz, NYC EDC, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3938, E-mail: jherskow@nycedc.com.

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