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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/28/2013

Public Notice

Notice of Legislative Public Hearing

Location: New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Lehman College's Lovinger Theater (In The Music Building)
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, New York 10468

Applicant: New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Olmstead Center
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Flushing, New York 11368

Application Number: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Application ID # 2-6001-00014/00008

Project Description and Location: Applicant New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYS DPR) has applied to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) for a Freshwater Wetlands Permit to change the surface and width of the Putnam Rail Trail, which runs for approximately 1.5 miles on the Old Putnam Railroad track in Van Cortlandt Park from Van Cortlandt Park South to the New York City's boundary line with Westchester County in the north. The proposed project would remove creosote treated rail ties; add approximately 4 ½ inches of pavement on top of the existing rail ballast to create a ten foot (10') wide asphalt path with an adjacent three foot (3') wide earthen-jogging path on one side and an adjacent two foot (2') wide seeded buffer on the other side of the asphalt path; improve drainage on and beneath the trail by filling existing depressions and cleaning or, where necessary, replacing culverts; remove portions of a chain link fence; install a wooden split rail fence in some areas; install benches and path markers; clean and adapt historic artifacts; restore a train platform; remove trees under six inch caliper within the fence line of the corridor and eight to twenty trees larger than six inch caliper; remove invasive plant species; and install landscape plantings. Sections of the proposed work will take place in areas that are subject to the jurisdiction of the NYS DEC under the Freshwater Wetlands Act. Specifically, some of the modifications will take place in the area adjacent to freshwater wetland YO-1 and in two areas, where the trail traverses Van Cortlandt Lake, the project will take place above that wetland.

SEQRA Status: The project is an "unlisted action" as defined in 6 NYCRR 617.2(ak) that was subject to a coordinated review. NYS DPR served as lead agency and issued a negative declaration on June 8, 2011, based upon its determination that the project will cause no significant adverse environmental impacts. 6 NYCRR 617.2(y), 617.7.

Notice of Complete Application: NYS DEC Staff issued a notice of complete application on April 26, 2013.

Coastal Assessment: The project is not located in the coastal area and therefore no coastal assessment is required.

Public Legislative Hearing

In accordance with the provisions of Parts 621 and 663 of 6 NYCRR, a legislative hearing will be held before Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Richard A. Sherman to receive unsworn statements from the public on the permit application. The hearing will be held on Monday, September 23, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at Lehman College's Lovinger Theater (in the Music Building), 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, New York 10468.

All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies that may be affected by the project are invited to attend the hearing session to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to file a written request in advance to speak at the legislative hearing.

The hearing location is reasonably accessible to persons with mobility impairments. Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, at no charge, upon written request to the ALJ at least 10 business days before the hearing.

Written comments may also be sent to Harold Dickey,NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101-5407. Written comments must be received by Monday, September 23, 2013.

Document Availability: A copy of the application materials is available for inspection at the NYS DEC's Region 2 office, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY. (Please contact the Division of Environmental Permits at (718) 482-4997 to arrange a time during normal business hours.)

Applicable Statutory and Regulatory Provisions, Permits Applied For:

This application is being processed pursuant to ECL Article 3 (General Functions), Article 24 (Freshwater Wetlands), Article 70 (Uniform Procedures); as well as 6 NYCRR Part 621 (Uniform Procedures), and Part 663 (Freshwater Wetlands - Permit Requirements).

Contact: Harold Dickey, NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-4972, E-mail: dep.r2@dec.ny.gov.


Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application with Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from 853 Lexington LLC for a site known as the Former Commercial Laundry, site ID #C224180. This site is located in the City of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 853 Lexington Avenue 11221. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than September 27, 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: John Durnin, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau B, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9768, E-mail: jedurnin@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has extended the Public Comment Period for the below Referenced Project until September 11, 2013. This complete notice was previously published in the August 7, 2013 ENB at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130807_reg2.html.

Applicant: Trans Canada Ravenswood LLC
Address: 38-54 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101

Permits applied for and application numbers: Initial Water Withdrawal Permit,
DECID# 2-6304-00024/00054

Project description and location:

The applicant has applied for an initial permit for the continued withdrawal of 1.5 billion GPD of water for operation of the Ravenswood Generation Station. The Station has been in operation since 1963. No changes in current operations are proposed. NYS DEC has determined that the Facility is eligible for an Initial Permit which are limited to existing facilities for existing water withdrawals over 100,000GPD which were properly reported to the Department.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

SEQR - 1 - Project is a Type II action
NYS DEC has determined that the issuance of "initial permits" under ECL section 15-501.9 as implemented by 6 NYCRR 601.7 is a ministerial action and therefore subject to the Type II exemption set out in 6 NYCRR 617.5(c)(19).

SEQR Lead Agency: Not applicable

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

SHPA - 1 Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.


Availability for Public Comment:

The application may be reviewed at the address to the right. Written comments on the project must be submitted to the Contact Person by no later than: September 11, 2013

Contact:
Kent P. Sanders, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12306-2014, Phone: (518) 402-9178, Fax: (518) 402-9168,
E-Mail deppermitting@dec.ny.gov.


Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The City of New York Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Banana Kelly - 755 Dawson Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by NYC HP, on behalf of the project sponsor, Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc. The project sponsor is requesting construction financing allocated by NYC HP that would include City Capital funds, as well as federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the HOME Investment Program (HOME) for the moderate rehabilitation of the building. Additional financing will include a Private Lender First Mortgage, Private Developer Equity, Private Bank Loan, and City Council Fund. The proposed actions would facilitate the rehabilitation of one existing five (5) story residential building, located at 755 Dawson Street, in the Bronx, Community District 2, New York. Under the proposed actions, moderate interior rehabilitation would occur resulting in a total of 11 units of affordable housing.

The proposed project is located adjacent to the Kingwood Historic District, Landmarks Preservation Commission and State/National-Register listed in the Bronx and is therefore considered a Type I action under CERES. The existing building contains 11 units. Under the proposed action, rehabilitation would occur and result in 11 affordable units. The proposed rehabilitation work is intended to address the moderate interior rehabilitation of the building. The New York City's construction financing would be used for some minor layout changes to comply with City, State, and Federal regulations for handicap accessibility otherwise the building will remain as it currently stands. The proposed rehabilitation will not alter the unit count or distribution. No construction related impacts to neighboring properties are anticipated as no ground disturbance or changes to the building's overall floor area, height, or footprint are proposed. For all the reasons discussed above, the proposed project would not result in significant adverse impacts to historic resources.

In the event that any State or Federal funding is sought in connection with the proposed project consultation with New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 would be required prior to the release of funds and start of construction.

Contact: Patrick Backfield, NYC HP, 100 Gold Street, Room V-3, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5056 Fax: (212) 863-5052 Email: blanch@hpd.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Jewish Home Lifetree, Manhattan -- Replacement Nursing Facility Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted October 2, 2013. A public scoping session will be held on September 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at 120 West 400th Street, New York, NY 10025. The action involves the NYS DOH's approval of a construction application filed pursuant to Section 2802 of the Public Health Law (PHIL) that would consist of Jewish Home Lifetree (HOLY) in Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood. The Proposed Project would result in the construction of a new 414 bed skilled nursing facility in a single newly constructed building on the Project Site with private and semi private rooms, replacing the 514 existing, mostly semi private beds currently located in several older buildings in HOLY, Manhattan's existing nursing facility. This would represent a reduction in the NYS DOH certified bed complement of 100 beds. The Proposed Project would redevelop an existing, approximately 31,804 square foot, 88 space surface accessory parking lot located on the project site with a new, 20 story (plus cellar floor), approximately 376,000 gross square foot building. The project is located at 125 West 10th Street, in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Charles P. Abel, NYS DOH, Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237, Phone: (518) 402-0967, E-mail: dehumidified@health.state.ny.us.


New York County (Manhattan) - The United Nations Development Corporation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed The United Nations Consolidation Project, including the United Nations Consolidation Building 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 September 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Farkas Auditorium, NY Langone Medical Center, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016. The action involves the construction of an approximately 36 story, approximately 930,000 square foot office building for use by United Nations office workers currently using space leased by the United Nations elsewhere in New York City. The Consolidation Building would be located on an approximately 28,850 square foot site, which currently is the western portion of the Robert Moses Playground on the east side of First Avenue (United Nations Plaza) between East 41st Street and East 42nd Street in Manhattan. In conjunction with the Consolidation Building, a tunnel would be constructed to provide direct secure access other than by automobile between the United Nations headquarters campus and the Consolidation Building.

A draft Scope of Work for the Proposed Action is being prepared and will be available on or about August 30, 2013 for involved and interested agencies and the public for review and comment.

Construction is expected to begin in 2015 and to be completed in 2018.

The project is located at 724 First Avenue in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Frances Huppert, United Nations Development Corporation, Two UN Plaza, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10017, Phone: (212) 888-1618, E-mail: fhuppert@undc.org.


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