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ENB - Region 2 Notices 9/25/2013

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (NYC TLC), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Taxi Medallion Increase. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on October 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at 33 Beaver Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10004. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until October 15, 2013. The Draft EIS is available from the NYC TLC, 33 Beaver Street, 22nd Floor New York, NY 10004 and on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/downloads/pdf/taxi_deis_september_2013.pdf. The Notice of Completion is available on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/downloads/pdf/taxi_medallion_increase_deis_noc_final_091313_signed.pdf

As allowed under New York State Legislation (New York State Senate Bill S5825-2011 and New York State Assembly Bill A8496-2011), NYC TLC proposes to issue 2,000 additional taxicab medallion licenses provided that such licenses be restricted to vehicles capable of transporting persons in wheelchairs or that contain a physical device or alteration designed to permit access to and enable the transportation of persons in wheelchairs in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). The project is located throughout New York City, New York.

Contact: Justine Johnson, NYC TLC, 33 Beaver Street, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10004, Phone: (212) 676-11371062, Email: jjohnson@tlc.nyc.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed East Fordham Road Rezoning. The Final EIS is available from the the contact listed below and on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) for zoning map and text amendments, (collectively, the Proposed Action) to facilitate commercial, residential and community facility development, preserve existing neighborhood character, reinforce the existing commercial character and promote an active, vibrant streetscape on twelve partial blocks in the Belmont neighborhood of Bronx, Community District 6. The area affected by the Proposed Action is bounded by East 191st Street to the north, East 187th Street to the south, Southern Boulevard to the east and Bathgate Avenue to the west in Bronx, Community District 6, New York.

The proposal includes mapping a medium density commercial district along East Fordham Road between Bathgate Avenue and Southern Boulevard to allow mid-density residential, commercial and community facility development where current zoning permits limited commercial (mainly auto-related) and community facility uses and no residential development. Zoning map amendments are proposed along East Fordham Road between Bathgate Avenue and Southern Boulevard to permit medium density residential, commercial and community facility development within a contextual envelope where current zoning permits low-scale auto-related and commercial uses. Rezoning proposed for four partial blocks is intended to preserve existing neighborhood character and ensure predictability for future development on narrow streets. Rezoning for one partial block is intended to preserve the existing residential character of the area, and commercial overlays are proposed to reinforce the existing commercial character and create retail continuity. A zoning text amendment is also proposed to establish the Inclusionary Housing program in the proposed C4-5D districts within the proposed rezoning area.

The actions proposed by NYC DCP for the East Fordham Road rezoning are as follows:

  • Zoning map amendment to change portions of 12 blocks along East Fordham Road from Bathgate Avenue to Southern Boulevard from C8-1, R6/C2-4 and R6/C2-3-to C4-5D.
  • Zoning map amendment to change a partial block on East 189th Street between Cambreleng Avenue and Crotona Avenue from C8-1 to R6.
  • Zoning map amendment to change 4 partial blocks from R6 to R6B along East 191st Street between Bathgate Avenue and Belmont Avenue Zoning map amendment to map new C2-4 commercial overlays along Arthur Avenue between East 187th Street to East Fordham Road.
  • Zoning text amendment to establish the Inclusionary Housing program in the C4-5D district within the proposed rezoning area in Community District 6, the Bronx.

The East Fordham Road Rezoning seeks to create a new gateway for the Bronx by stimulating growth, protecting neighborhood character and reinforcing the existing commercial character. The proposed actions would create new opportunities for growth and investment while reinforcing the established commercial character and preserving the existing built context in targeted locations.

A reasonable worst-case development scenario (RWCDS) for development associated with the Proposed Action has been identified. For environmental assessment purposes, projected developments, considered likely to occur in the foreseeable future, i.e., an approximate ten-year period following the adoption of the Proposed Action, are expected to occur on 9 sites, and potential developments, which are considered possible but less likely, have been identified for 7 additional sites. The Proposed Action would allow for the development of new uses and higher densities at the projected and potential development sites. As the Proposed Action would rezone an area encompassing approximately 12 blocks, and an approximate ten-year period is typically believed to be the length of time over which a projection can be made on changes due to the rezoning, the analyses in this FEIS consider an analysis year of 2023.

For the proposed East Fordham Road Rezoning, the FEIS identifies potential significant adverse impacts related to traffic, transit and pedestrians. Overall, the 2023 completion of the proposed action would result in approximately 222, 369, and 318 incremental vehicle trips during the weekday AM, midday, and PM peak hours, respectively. Additionally, the proposed action would result in a capacity shortfall on the Bx12 SBS service in the AM and PM peak periods and impact one crosswalk. Implementation of traffic engineering improvements, such as shifting of green signal timing to the impacted approach phases and lane restriping would provide mitigation for all of the anticipated traffic and pedestrian impacts, and increase in service frequency would provide mitigation for the anticipated transit impact. For the FEIS, the following alternatives were considered: a No-Action Alternative and a Lower Density Alternative.

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.

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