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ENB - Region 2 Notices 7/31/2013

Public Notice

New Public Comment Period Deadline

On June 26, 2013, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) published a Notice of Intent to Modify the 14 New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permits in the Environmental Notice Bulletin: http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130626_reg2.html. Under UPA Regulations 6 NYCRR Section 621.14(a), a 60 day extension of the public comment period has been granted until close of business 10/3/2013. All written comments must be submitted to the contact person noted below. Copies of the draft permits and fact sheets can be viewed at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html.

Contact: Teresa Diehsner, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, E-mail: depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application with Remedial Investigation Work Plan (RIWP) and Interim Remedial Measures Work Plan (IRMWP) from QPS 23-10 Development LLC for a site known as 23-01 42nd Road, site ID #C241152. This site is located in Long Island City within the County of Queens, and is located at 23-01 42nd Road, 11101. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than August 30, 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: Ronnie Lee, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau B, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9767, E-mail: rslee@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Proposed New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) East 25th Street Garage for Manhattan Districts 6/6a/8

Extension of Public Comment Period on Draft Scoping Document for Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS)

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) proposes to construct a garage facility to support DSNY recycling and refuse collection, street cleaning and winter emergency services for Districts 6 and 8 in Manhattan, and house the Borough office. The proposed garage site is 425 East 25th Street, mid-block on the block bounded by First Avenue, 25th Street, the FDR Drive, and a private drive (formerly East 26th Street) in Manhattan, New York. The action is a Type I action. DSNY has issued a Positive Declaration and will prepare a Draft EIS for the project pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act and City Environmental Quality Review Procedure. A draft Scoping Document for the Draft EIS is available on DSNY's website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dsny/downloads/pdf/garages/draft_scope_mn68.pdf and at the repositories indicated below. Comments on the draft Scoping Document are requested. DSNY is extending the comment period for the draft Scoping Document from July 24, 2013 to August 14, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Written comments should be sent to the project contact person: Abas O. Braimah, DSNY Bureau of Legal Affairs, 125 Worth Street, Room 708, New York, NY 10013, Phone: (646) 885-4993, Fax 212-442-9090, E-mail: abraimah@dsny.nyc.gov. The public repositories for the project documents are: New York City Department of Sanitation, 125 Worth Street, Room 708, New York, NY; Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038; Manhattan Community Board 6, 866 UN Plaza, Suite 308, New York, NY 10017; New York Public Library, Epiphany Branch, 228 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010; and New York Public Library, Kips Bay Branch, 446 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016. This notice has been prepared in accordance with Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law.

Contact: Abas O. Braimah, DSNY Bureau of Legal Affairs, 125 Worth Street, Room 708, New York, NY 10013, Phone: (646) 885-4993, Fax 212-442-9090, E-mail: abraimah@dsny.nyc.gov.


Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Greenpoint Landing will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the applicants, Greenpoint Landing Associates LLC (GLA), the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD) and the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) seeking land use approvals related to development of several parcels in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 1. The proposed actions include three zoning text amendments proposed by NYC DCP, which are described as follows:

1. A zoning text amendment to ZR Section 62-931 to create the following lots within the Greenpoint-Williamsburg WAP:

  1. A new "Parcel 5d," comprising of Brooklyn Block 2494, Lot 1 (and formerly part of WAP Parcel 5c), to allow the parcel to be developed as an affordable housing project and public school prior to certification of a waterfront access plan, and
  2. A new "Parcel 5e," comprising the portion of Brooklyn Block 2472, Lot 32 north of the western prolongation of Dupont Street (and formerly part of WAP "Parcel 5b") and providing that the new "Parcel 5e" shall be treated as a separate zoning lot from the southern portion of Lot 32 ("Parcel 5b-1") for the purposes of the waterfront public access area provisions of Sections 62-50 through 62-90 of the Zoning Resolution to enable the southern portion of Lot 32 to receive a waterfront certification without designing the waterfront access areas on "Parcel 5e;"

2. A zoning text amendment to ZR Sections 62-351(d), 62-354 and 62-355 to:

  1. Allow floor space used by schools located on the newly created "Parcel 5d" to be exempt from the definition of floor area; and
  2. Modify height and setback, lot coverage, and yard controls for a public school on the newly created "Parcel 5d," and

3. A zoning text amendment to ZR Sections 11-13 and 62-351 to allow the newly created "Parcel 5e" to continue to generate floor area notwithstanding its intended future use as a public park.

These actions would facilitate the site selection and acquisition of a portion of "Parcel 5d" to the School Construction Authority.

Additionally, the City of New York would convey via an Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP) disposition to GLA all of Block 2494, Lot 6, the portion of Block 2472, Lot 32 located within and south of the western prolongation of Dupont Street, and all of the development rights attributable to the remainder of Block 2472, Lot 32. The City of New York would retain ownership of the remainder of Lot 32 and improve it as a publicly accessible open space. The purchaser would be required to build 431 units of affordable housing on nearby land, and in connection with this obligation would be able to develop the city-owned property as-of-right. The purchaser would also be required to contribute $2.5M to the expansion of nearby Newtown Barge Park and perform other obligations related to the development and maintenance of the City-owned property. Therefore, in addition to the actions described above, the proposal involves Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP) actions, pursuant to Article 16 of the General Municipal Law, proposed by HPD and described as follows:

1. Designation of the City Property as an Urban Development Action Area and approval of an UDAAP;
2. Disposition of the following properties to GLA:

  1. Block 2494, Lot 6 ("Parcel 5b-2");
  2. Block 2472, p/o Lot 32 ("Parcel 5b-1"); and

3. Disposition of development rights attributable to Block 2472, p/o Lot 32 ("Parcel 5e") to GLA.

Further, the proposal involves four waterfront-related zoning actions, proposed by GLA and described as follows:

1. Two actions affecting Block 2472, Lot 100 ("Parcel 5a"), including:

  1. A waterfront zoning authorization, pursuant to ZR 62-822(a), for modifications to the otherwise applicable requirements of the Zoning Resolution in order to address flooding concerns and newly mandated flood elevation regulations and to respond to the unique geography of the affected area;
  2. A waterfront zoning authorization pursuant to ZR 62-822(b), for modifications to the otherwise applicable requirements of the Zoning Resolution in order to address flooding concerns and newly mandated flood elevation regulations and to respond to the unique geography of the affected area

2. Two actions affecting Block 2472, p/o Lot 32 ("Parcel 5b-1"), including:

  1. A waterfront zoning authorization, pursuant to ZR 62-822(a), for modifications to the otherwise applicable requirements of the Zoning Resolution in order to address flooding concerns and newly mandated flood elevation regulations and to respond to the unique geography of the affected area;
  2. A waterfront zoning authorization pursuant to ZR 62-822(b), for modifications to the otherwise applicable requirements of the Zoning Resolution in order to address flooding concerns and newly mandated flood elevation regulations and to respond to the unique geography of the affected area

Additionally, four waterfront-related ministerial actions, not subject to environmental review, are included in the proposal, as noted below:

1. Two actions affecting Block 2472, Lot 100 ("Parcel 5a"), including:

  1. A waterfront zoning certification, pursuant to Section 62-811 of the Zoning Resolution of compliance of the parcel's waterfront access area with the requirements of the Zoning Resolution;
  2. A waterfront zoning certification, pursuant to Section 62-811 of the Zoning Resolution of compliance of the plan to build out of the waterfront access areas in four phases;

2. A waterfront zoning certification affecting Block 2472, p/o Lot 32 ("Parcel 5b-1"), pursuant to Section 62-811 of the Zoning Resolution of compliance of the parcel's waterfront access area with the requirements of the Zoning Resolution; and .

3. A waterfront zoning certification pursuant to Section 62-811 of the Zoning Resolution and affecting Block 2494, Lot 1 (Parcel 5d) that no waterfront access is required at this time.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by GLA to redevelop the affected area with a mixed-use development comprised of approximately 1,463 dwelling units (585 of which would be affordable pursuant to the Inclusionary Housing Program), 6,700 gsf of retail uses, 47,643 gsf of publicly accessibly open space and 576 accessory parking spaces (as detailed below, an incremental increase of approximately 707 dwelling units, 4,900 square feet of retail, and 28,535 square feet of open space). Further, GLA would lease a portion of the affected area (Block 2494, p/o Lot 1) to the New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA), which would develop an approximately 120,000 gross square feet, 640-seat elementary and intermediate school. Additionally, the proposal includes a 12,000 linear-foot extension of the existing West Street. Collectively, this proposal is referred to as the "Proposed Project." The Proposed Project will be incorporated into a larger "Greenpoint Landing" project expected to be built on property owned by GLA along an approximately 1/2-mile stretch of the Greenpoint waterfront from the midpoint between the prolongation of Green Street and Huron Street to the extension of Box Street to the north.

In addition to the Proposed Project, several improvements that would eliminate the potential for significant adverse impacts are proposed by GLA, also referred to as project components related to the environment (PCRE).

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials, air quality and noise, an (E) designation (E-317), has been incorporated to the proposed project as described below. This new (E) designation supersedes an (E) designation (E-138) previously assigned to the affected area pursuant to the prior Greenpoint Williamsburg rezoning.

The project is located along a portion of Block 2472, (Lots p/o 32 and 100), and Block 2494, (Lots 1 and 6) in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 1, New York. The affected area, also referred to as Parcels 5a, 5b, 5d and 5e within the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront Access Plan (WAP) BK-1, is generally bounded by the Newtown Creek to the north; the East River to the west; West Street and Commercial Street to the east and Eagle Street to the south.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: r_dobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Negative Declaration (Revised)

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Culture Shed will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Negative Declaration originally issued on February 1, 2013, has been revised in order to take into account modifications to the proposed action being considered by the New York City Planning Commission.

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is seeking 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 known as the "Culture Shed."

The Culture Shed will consist of a fixed building (Culture Shed Building), with a retractable shed (Shed Portion) that would be deployed from time to time to the east of the Culture Shed Building to provide additional space for exhibits and events. Portions of the Culture Shed, primarily back office and service facilities, would be located in the residential building (currently known as Tower D) to be developed by the ERY Tenant to the immediate west of the Culture Shed Site, on the east side of Eleventh Avenue between West 30th and West 31st Streets. New York City would acquire the lot area needed for the development of the Culture Shed from the MTA and lease it to the Culture Shed Developer. The 2005 Hudson Yards actions included an acquisition action for the Eastern Rail Yard Site.

The project is located on a portion of Subarea A1 of the Eastern Rail Yards, between West 30th and West 31st Streets, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues (Culture Shed Site), in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 4, 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.


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