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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/16/2013

Negative Declaration

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed CEQR Type II List Rulemaking will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The regulations guiding the process of environmental review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) include a list of actions, identified as Type II actions, for which environmental review is not required. These regulations permit local agencies and municipalities to designate a supplemental list of actions as Type II. See 6 NYCRR § 617.5(b). Accordingly, as part of New York City's ongoing process reform for environmental review, the New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination (NYC MOEC) and the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) have recommended that a supplemental list of citywide and agency-specific Type II actions (Proposed Rules) be promulgated.

The Proposed Rules designate thirteen (13) actions as Type II actions, which would not require environmental review. Because the local authority to promulgate a Type II list is subject to a number of conditions, the proposed designation of these actions as Type II meets the following conditions: first, designation of these actions as Type II would not result in significant adverse environmental impacts, as defined by the criteria set forth in the SEQR regulations at 6 NYCRR Part 617.7(c); and second, the actions are not designated as Type I, as Type I actions are presumed to have significant impacts on the environment.

The proposed rules would exempt thirteen (13) actions from the environmental review and simplify the environmental review process for applicants while freeing agency resources to focus on actions that may in fact have the potential for significant adverse impacts on the environment. The proposed rules also include prerequisites that the projects must meet before they are exempted from CEQR requirements.

The proposed rules would apply throughout the City of New York, New York.

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_dobruskin@planning.nyc.gov.

New York County (New York) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the Proposed Public Middle School Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposed site selection, acquisition, and development of a new public school facility in the West Village section of Manhattan serving middle school students in Community School District No. 2. Under the proposed project, the New York City School Construction Authority would acquire the site, which is currently owned by the State of New York and occupied by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and renovate the existing on-site seven-story building into a public school facility accommodating Community School District No. 2 middle school students and District No. 75 special education students. The total capacity of the proposed public school facility would be approximately 1,000 seats. The project is located at 75 Morton Street, New York, NY.

Contact: Kenrick Ou, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101; Phone: (718) 472-8273.

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Office of Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 707 East 211 Street - NYCT Substation 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 and ending on November 15, 2013.

The action involves the disposition and reactivation of properties that are not needed to operate service by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The development would consist of two phases. Phase I would remediate and rehabilitate a vacant MTA substation in Williamsbridge, the Bronx, and convert it to a 7,200 square foot retail facility. Phase II would add a 27,200 square foot, 33 unit residential development above the former MTA building and above portions of the buildings on the developer's adjacent parcel. Phase II would require a merger of Lots 51 and 55. An 800 square foot day care facility may be included in the Phase II building. The Phase I development is subject to the business terms outlined in Section 384(b)(4) of the New York City Charter and is the only action subject to CEQR review.

The conditions are:

That the Developer shall (i) undertake a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Investigation to identify and characterize the surface and subsurface soils in accordance with the approved Phase II Investigative Protocol/Work Plan and a Health and Safety Plan. All recommendations of New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), including but not limited to a Remedial Action Plan, shall be implemented prior to and/or during construction of the Building; (ii) prior to acceptance of any building permit for the building, submit plans to NYC DEP and the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development demonstrating compliance with the following noise attenuation requirements; and, once approved, shall implement these requirements: (a) façades facing White Plains Road shall be provided a minimum of 33 dBA of attenuation; (b) façades facing White Plains Road shall be provided a noise attenuation level of 28 dBA.

The project is located at 707 East 211 Street in the Bronx, New York.

Contact: Robert R. Kulikowski, 100 Gold Street, New York, NY 10038; Phone: (212) 788-9956, E-mail: rkulikowski@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Queens County (Queens) - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed City University of New York LaGuardia Community College Center III Facade Project. A hard copy of the FEIS is available at LaGuardia Community College, Facilities Planning and Management Office, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY; and an online version is available at the following publicly accessible web site: http://www.dasny.org/dasny/envaffs/index.php.

The action involves a request from The City University of New York (CUNY) to DASNY to fund and construct, on behalf of CUNY, the LaGuardia Community College (LGCC) Center III Façade Project. For purposes of SEQR, the Proposed Action 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 Façade 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 (approximately 168,000 gross square feet ); the demolition of a one story, approximately 24,000 gross square foot service building and approximately 8,600 gross square foot loading area. It would be replaced with an approximately 14,000 gross square foot paved area, covered loading dock, and an approximately 18,600 gross square foot rear yard; renovation and relocation of the lobby entrance (approximately 12,000 gross square foot); realignment of the sidewalk along Thomson Avenue; the investigation of changing 29th Street into a one-way street northbound; and replacement/rehabilitation of the rooftop signage structure. The project is located at 29-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens County, NY.

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

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