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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/2/2013

Public Notice

Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Remedial Investigation Work Plan from Delco Properties, LLC for a site known as Manhattan Cabinetry, site ID #C241154. This site is located in Long Island City, within the County of Queens, and is located at 9-03 44th Road. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than November 2, 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: Shaun Bollers, NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, Division of Environmental Remediation, One Hunters Point Plaza, 1st Floor, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-4096, E-mail: snboller@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York University's Building Acquisition, Building Build-out, and Various Capital Maintenance Projects will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a funding request to DASNY from New York University (NYU) for the proposed Building Acquisition, Building Build-out, and Maintenance Program Project. For purposes of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the Proposed Action would involve DASNY's authorization of the issuance of approximately $210,000,000 in taxable and/or tax-exempt bonds on behalf of NYU to finance the acquisition of an NYU-occupied building; the continued construction of the Bio-Engineering Institute, the College of Nursing, and the College of Dentistry building; the renovation of spaces occupied by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; the reimbursement of costs associated with the acquisition and construction of an NYU facility in Washington, District of Columbia (D.C.); and the renovation of various NYU facilities located throughout New York City, including renovation of one floor of the Metrotech Center. The bond issue on behalf of NYU would be pursuant to DASNY's Independent Colleges and Universities Program. The project is located at 383 Lafayette Street in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Robert S. Derico, DASNY, 515 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207-2964, Phone: (518) 257-3214, E-mail: rderico@dasny.org.


New York County (Manhattan) - The City of New York Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Catspaw Rehabilitation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the project sponsor, Nite Homes HDFC, seeking construction financing from NYC HPD to rehabilitate two privately owned residential buildings located at 152 West 124th Street and 158 West 122nd Street in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 10, New York. The proposed project would be financed through NYC HPD's Third Party Transfer (TPT) Program. The 158 West 122nd Street property is located within the boundaries of the State/National Register (S/NR)-listed Mount Morris Park Historic District. This proposal is therefore considered a Type I action under SEQRA.

The two existing four and five story residential buildings located at 152 West 124th Street and 158 West 122 Street currently contain a total of 29 dwelling units, six of which are occupied. Under the proposal, exterior and interior rehabilitation and reconfiguration would occur resulting in a total of 28 affordable dwelling units. The proposed activities would include installation of new plumbing, heating, and electrical systems as well as upgrades to the roof, bathrooms, kitchens, and apartment windows. No ground disturbance or changes to either building's overall floor area, height, or footprint are proposed. In the event that any State or Federal funding is sought in connection with the proposed rehabilitation work, consultation with the 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 commencement of any construction activity at the 158 West 122nd Street property.

Contact: Patrick S. Blanchfield, NYC HPD, 100 Gold St, Room 9I-7, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5056, E-mail: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Ponton Avenue Demapping will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Gerald Messuri, for an amendment to the City Map to demap an unimproved portion of Ponton Avenue between Blondell Avenue and Waters Place located at 1364 Blondell Avenue in the Westchester Village neighborhood of Bronx, Community District 11, New York. The action would demap a total of 38,430 square feet of Ponton Avenue between Blondell Avenue and Waters Avenue, which is currently closed to traffic. On the New York City Map the street extends across the New York City Transit (NYCT) Rail Yard. The street was mapped prior to the construction of the NYCT Rail Yard and does not physically exist. The proposed action would facilitate the applicant's proposal to acquire a 9,090 square foot portion of Block 4139, Lot 101 and Block 4134, Lot 14, which is currently a Mapped Street, in order to continue its present use as accessory parking spaces and vehicle storage. The project site is City owned and located at the northeast corner of Blondell Avenue and Ponton Avenue, in an M1-1 district in the Westchester Village neighborhood of Bronx, Community District 11, New York.

The applicant owns part of Block 4139, Lot 101. The portion of Block 4139, Lot 101 over the Mapped Street is City owned. Pursuant to the proposed action, this portion of City Owned land will be disposed to the applicant. The demapped portion of Ponton Avenue over the rail yard will not be disposed to the applicant.

The analysis year for the proposed actions is 2014

The conditions are:

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials the applicant has agreed if future development of the demapped property, including soil disturbance, is proposed, a Phase II Environmental Assessment Statement (ESA) will be prepared and submit to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) for approval. This requirement will be embodied in the Mapping Agreement to be executed in connection with the demapping.

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.


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 Midtown Rezoning and Related Actions. The Final EIS is available from the Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423; Robert Kulikowski, Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-2937; and on the New York City Department of City Planning's website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The action involves a request by the applicant, the New York City Department of City Planning, for a zoning map and zoning text amendment, and a potential change to the New York City Map (collectively, the Proposed Action) affecting the rezoning area described above. The Proposed Action would ensure that East Midtown's stature as a preeminent commercial district and one of the world's best business addresses is retained, while providing for pedestrian network improvements in the area.

The Proposed Action encompasses the following discretionary actions that are subject to review under the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, as well pursuant to Section 200 of the City Charter: zoning text amendment to establish the East Midtown Subdistrict within the Special Midtown District, superseding the existing Grand Central Subdistrict; and zoning map amendment to replace the existing C5-2 designation on the block between East 42nd and East 43rd Streets, and Second and Third Avenues with C5-3 and C5-2.5districts, which will be mapped within the Special Midtown District. In addition, New York City may in the future amend the New York City Map to reflect a 'Public Place' designation over portions of Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and East 47th Streets.

Since the issuance of the Draft EIS, New York City Department of City Planning proposed a modification to the proposed text amendment. The modification to the proposed text amendment has been fully analyzed as an alternative in the Final EIS. A public hearing on the Draft EIS was held on August 7, 2013. Written comments on the Draft EIS were requested and were received by the lead agency until August 19, 2013. The Fianl EIS incorporates responses to the public comments received on the DEIS and additional analysis conducted subsequent to the completion of the DEIS.

The rezoning area consists of an approximately 70 block area within East Midtown, in Manhattan Community Districts 5 and 6,New York, and is generally bounded by by East 39th Street to the south, East 57th Street to the north, Second and Third Avenues to the east and a line 150 feet east of Fifth Avenue to the west.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423,


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