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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/14/2013

Public Notice

Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and a Remedial Action Work Plan from Bridge Land Hudson, LLC for a site known as the 261 Hudson Street Development, site ID #C231084. This site is located in the City of New York, within the County of New York, and is located at 261 Hudson Street. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than September 28, 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 Randy Hough, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9767, E-mail: rshough@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 77 Commercial Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the approval of Waterview at Greenpoint, LLC application for the actions listed below (proposed actions) by the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) to facilitate the proposed redevelopment of the property located at 77 Commercial Street in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 1, New York. The development site is adjacent to a parcel owned by the City of New York located at 65 Commercial Street (City-owned property and, collectively with the development site, the "project area"). The project area, also referred to as Parcels 3 and 4 within the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront Access Plan (WAP) BK-1, is located on an irregular-shaped block bounded by Manhattan Avenue to the east, Commercial Street to the southeast, the prolongation of Eagle Street to the south, and Newtown Creek to the northwest.

The proposed actions are:

  • A special permit pursuant to Section 62-836 (Bulk modifications on waterfront blocks) of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) to waive requirements regarding maximum base and building heights and minimum setbacks;
  • An authorization (Location Authorization) pursuant to ZR Section 62-822(a) (Authorization to modify requirements for location, area and minimum dimensions of waterfront public access areas and visual corridors) to waive requirements regarding the location of visual corridors and upland connections and to permit the levels of visual corridors and waterfront yards to be raised;
  • An authorization (Design Authorization and, collectively, with the Location Authorization, the "Authorizations") pursuant to ZR Section 62-822(b) (Authorization to modify requirements within waterfront public access areas) to allow modifications to permitted obstruction requirements for visual corridors and waterfront public access areas and to permit minor variations in the design of waterfront public access areas;
  • With the New York City Department of City Planning as co-applicant, an amendment (Text Amendment) to the text of ZR Section 11-13 (Public Parks) and ZR Section 62-351 (Special floor area regulations) to provide that the City-owned property will continue to generate floor area even after it is developed as a "public park" as defined in ZR Section 12-10; and
    The grant of the Special Permit, the Authorizations and the Text Amendment are discretionary land-use actions subject to New York City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR).

In addition, the applicant is seeking the grant of a Certification, described below, which is a ministerial action not subject to environmental review.

  • A certification (Certification) pursuant to ZR Section 62-811 (Waterfront public access areas and visual corridors) that except with respect to the waivers granted pursuant to the Authorizations, the design of the proposed waterfront public access areas would comply with the applicable requirements set forth in ZR Sections 62-50, 62-60 and 62-931

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a mixed-used development comprised of up to approximately 693,320 gross square feet of residential uses, comprising 720 dwelling units, 200 of which are affordable, (low, moderate and middle income households meeting the Inclusionary Housing program requirements), approximately 25,750 gross square feet of ground floor commercial uses, 6,200 gross square feet of community facility uses, and 46,730 gross square feet of attended, off-street accessory parking (320 spaces), for a total new development of up to approximately 760,650 gross square feet. The proposed development would be housed in three separate buildings: a 2 to 6 story base building containing the commercial, community facility and affordable housing components (Building 1) wrapping a 30 story market rate residential tower (Building 2) and a 40 story market-rate residential tower (Building 3). The proposed development would also include the development of approximately 25,450 gross square feet of waterfront public access areas consisting of a shore public walkway along Newtown Creek and an upland connection linking the shore public walkway to Commercial Street along the western lot line of the development site, plus approximately 9,400 gross square feet of additional publicly accessible open space consisting of a landscaped pedestrian walkway linking Commercial Street and the shore public walkway along the eastern lot line, for a total of 34,850 gross square feet of publicly accessible open space. Additionally, the City-owned property would be developed with approximately 125,017 gross square feet of publicly accessible open space (including a shore public walkway and a portion of the upland connection between the City-owned property and the development site).

In connection with the 2005 Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning (CEQR No. 04DCP003K), the City executed a memorandum of Points of Agreement (POA) in which the City stated its intention to relocate the existing New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) facilities from the City-owned property and to redevelop the site as a publicly accessible open space (public park). The POA also stated the City's intention to sell excess development rights from the City-owned parcel to an adjacent property owner and to require that the purchaser of the development rights provide 200 affordable housing units as part of the future development of its property. The City and the applicant have executed a contract of sale pursuant to which the applicant would acquire the development rights from the City-owned property for use in the proposed development on the development site. The City would use the proceeds from the sale of the development rights as partial funding for the construction of the publicly accessible open space on the City-owned property.

A Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario (RWCDS) was identified for analysis purposes. In the future without the proposed action (No Action Scenario), the development site would be developed with mixed use development comprising approximately 265,690 gross square feet of residential uses (276 market-rate dwelling units), 25,750 gross square feet of ground-floor local retail and service uses, 6,200 gross square feet of community facility uses, 138 off-street parking spaces and 16,025 square feet of publicly accessible open space. The City-owned property would be developed with approximately 125,017 gross square feet of publicly accessible open space.

In the future with the proposed actions (With Action Scenario), the project area would be developed with approximately 720 dwelling units (200 of which would be affordable to low, moderate and middle income households under the Inclusionary Housing program), up to 25,750 gross square feet of ground-floor local retail and service uses, up to 6,200 gross square feet of community facility uses, 320 off-street parking spaces and 34,850 gross square feet of publicly accessible open space. The City-owned property would be developed with approximately 125,017 gross square feet of publicly accessible open space, this time utilizing the proceeds of sale of development rights as partial construction funding.

The increment between the No Action and With Action Scenarios would comprise a net increase in development of approximately 444 dwelling units (of which 72 would be affordable to low-income households, 128 would be affordable to moderate-income households and 20 would be affordable to middle-income households pursuant to the Inclusionary Housing Program), 182 off-street parking spaces and 18,825 gross square feet of publicly accessible open space.

The development site is currently occupied by an existing 2 story warehouse building, which would be demolished prior to construction of the proposed development. The City-owned property is currently leased to the NYCTA and used for vehicle storage and offices for its Office of Emergency Response and for vehicle maintenance and storage.

The development site and City-owned property were rezoned to R6 in 2005 under the Greenpoint Williamsburg Rezoning, which also mapped a C2-4 commercial overlay within 150 feet of Commercial Street. Under special rules for this area, the R6 district mapped on the sites permits residential uses to an FAR of 2.43, which is bonusable to 2.75 under the Inclusionary Housing program. Community facility uses are permitted to an FAR of 4.8 if no residences are present on the zoning lot, but are limited to residential FARs if residences are present. Commercial uses are permitted to an FAR of 2.0 within the C2-4 overlays and to a limited extent elsewhere as well.

The anticipated build year for the proposed project is 2016.

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials, air quality and noise, (E) designation (E-318) has been incorporated into the proposed project. This new (E) designation supersedes an (E) designation (E-138) previously assigned to the development site pursuant to the prior Greenpoint Williamsburg rezoning (CEQR No. 04DCP003K).

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


Negative Declaration

New York County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed St. Patrick's Home for the Aged and Infirm will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the applicant, St. Patrick's Home for the Aged and Infirm, seeking two special permits pursuant to Section 74-90 of the Zoning Resolution to bring into conformance and allow an enlargement of the existing St. Patrick's Home facility. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to enlarge the existing nursing home building by constructing a four-level addition which would contain 104 unattended parking spaces, storage space, and a rooftop terrace and recreation room, totaling 74,737 gross square feet.

The project site is improved with two buildings: an eight story Use Group 3 nursing home (St. Patrick's Home) containing approximately 118,547 square feet of floor area, constructed in 1987, and a seven story Use Group 3 convent containing approximately 14,472 square feet of floor area. The existing nursing home contains 264 beds, areas for physical and occupational therapy, a wellness center, recreation area, a chapel, gift shop, and a resident coffee shop, as well as a surface accessory parking lot for 38 cars. The convent contains a small parking area, adjacent to Dickinson Avenue, which contains eight parking spaces. The proposed enlargement would be constructed on the west side of the Project Site in the area currently occupied by the existing 38 space accessory parking lot and will have direct connections to the nursing home. Currently, the 12 foot wide curb cut to the existing parking lot is located on the southern lot line of the Project Site along Saxon Avenue. A new 22 foot wide curb cut to the enlargement will also be located on Saxon Avenue, but will be re-located approximately 15 feet north of the southern lot line. The proposed enlargement would not add any more residents or employees to the nursing home facility.

St. Patrick's is seeking the special permit to enlarge the facility because the current storage, recreation and parking areas do not meet the operational needs of the nursing home and convent. Developments, extensions, or enlargements of nursing homes located within an impacted community district require a special permit pursuant to ZR 74-90. Therefore, the Applicant seeks a special permit to facilitate its proposal to construct a four-level enlargement. The site is within a R7-1 district that allows a maximum Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 3.44 FAR for residential uses and 4.8 FAR for certain community facilities. Nursing homes are limited to an FAR of 3.44.

The applicant has sought project financing through the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH). The Applicant has received a variance from the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA), pursuant to Section 72-21 of the Zoning Resolution to allow the enlargement, which does not comply with the rear yard equivalent requirements of Section §24-382 of the Zoning Resolution. The variance was granted by BSA on January 15, 2013 (BSA #113-11-BZ). New York City Department of City Planning has conducted a coordinated environmental review with NYS DOH and NYC BSA.

It is expected that construction of the proposed action would last approximately 12 months and would be completed in 2014.

The project is located at 66 Van Cortlandt Park South, in the Kingsbridge neighborhood in the Bronx, Community District 8, 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, Email: cevans@planning.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Queens County (Queens) - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed City University of New York LaGuardia Community College Center III Facade Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on August 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the LaGuardia Community College Center III, 29-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until September 6, 2013. The Draft EIS is available from the LaGuardia Community College, Office of Facilities Planning and Management, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, 7th Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101 and on line at: www.dasny.org/dasny/envaffs/index.php.

The action involves as request to DASNY from City University of New York (CUNY) to fund and construct, on behalf of CUNY, the LaGuardia Community College (LGCC) Center III Façade Project. For purposes of SEQR, the Proposed Actions would consist of DASNY's Authorization of the Issuance of Tax-Exempt Bonds and/or Expenditure of Bond Proceeds on behalf of CUNY for the LGCC Center III Project and Undertaking Construction of the Proposed Project as part of the CUNY Program. The proceeds would be used to finance the design, development, and construction of the Proposed Project, which would consist of the following components: the demolition of the existing, substantially-deteriorated, terra cotta façade and installation of a panelized curtain-wall system, and demolition of a one story, approximately 24,000 gross square foot building and the construction of an approximately 14,000 gross square foot covered loading area, an approximately 18,600 gross square foot rear yard, and the relocation of storage and other uses; the renovation and relocation of the lobby entrance (approximately 12,000 gross square foot); various sidewalk improvements including the investigation of changing 29th Street into a one-way street northbound; the replacement/rehabilitation of the rooftop signage structure and sign message. Construction of the Proposed Project is expected to begin in winter 2013 and end in fall 2016 (approximately 33 months).

The project is located at 29-10 Thomson Avenue in Queens, New York.

Contact: Joanna Oliver, DASNY, 1 Penn Plaza, 52 Floor, New York, NY 10119, Phone: (212) 273-5023, E-mail: joliver@dasny.org.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Police Department, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed World Trade Center Campus Security Plan. The Final EIS is available from the New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038 and on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/crime_prevention/counterterrorism.shtml

The action involves the creation of a Campus Security Plan, a comprehensive vehicle security perimeter for the World Trade Center (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 creation of a Trusted Access Program (TAP), in which office tenants with parking privileges on site, residents and owners of businesses located in non-WTC buildings within the secure zone (Liberty Street between Greenwich Street and Trinity Place), for-hire vehicle operators, and delivery vehicle operators could enroll, is envisioned to expedite vehicle entry for those vehicles with destinations within the WTC Campus.

The Project Area includes all streets, sidewalks and buildings that would be directly affected by the installation of the site's security infrastructure. This area is generally bounded by Barclay, West, Albany and Church Streets. Four vehicular entry points are planned under the proposed Campus Security Plan at: Washington Street and Barclay Street; West Broadway and Barclay Street; Trinity Place/Church Street and Liberty Street; and Liberty Street and West Street/Route 9A. Exits from the secure zone are proposed at the following five locations: Church Street at Vesey Street; Vesey Street at West Street/Route 9A; Fulton Street at West Street/Route 9A; Liberty Street at West Street/Route 9A; and Greenwich Street at Cedar Street The secure perimeter would consist of various types of vehicle interdiction devices, which would include static barriers (such as bollards) and operable barriers to allow vehicle access, all under NYPD control. The Proposed Action also includes the reconfiguration of Church St. from Cedar Street north to Vesey Street to create a northbound lane for screened vehicles within the security zone as well as an exit area north of Vesey Street. This secure lane would be created by constructing a four foot wide raised median on Church Street. An approximately 11 foot wide inner secure lane would provide additional stand-off distance between the planned WTC buildings and the general traffic flow on Church Street. Three lanes of northbound Church Street traffic, having an approximate total width of 33 feet, would remain outside the secure zone.

The project is located on the streets surrounding the World Trade Center Site in Lower Manhattan, New York.

Contact: David Kelly, New York City Police Department, One Police Plaza, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (646) 610-4557, E-mail: WTCEIS@nypd.org.


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