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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/30/2013

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from S & C Properties, LLC for a site known as the Teitelbaum Dry Cleaning Inc site, ID #C241149. This site is located in the Astoria neighborhood, Borough of Queens, within the County of Queens, and is located at 35-45 35th Street. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than November 29, 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 New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 8 West 19th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the issuance of a Special Permit (§73-36) to allow a physical culture establishment in a C6-4A zoning district and within the Ladies' Mile Historic District. The project is located at 8 West 19th Street in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Rory Levy, NYC BSA, 250 Broadway, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 386-0082, E-mail: rlevy@bsa.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 688 Broadway will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Downtown RE Holdings LLC, for a special permit pursuant to Section 74-712
(a) and (b) of the New York City Zoning Resolution to modify use and bulk regulations on an unimproved lot (Block 531, Lot 4) "the project site" located in a M1-5B district. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop a new 12 story mixed use development with a total of 48,110 gross square feet, of which 44,140 gross square feet would be residential condominium units, and approximately 3,970 gross square feet would be for ground floor retail.

The project site is located in a M 1-5B district. The maximum allowable floor area ratios (FAR) within an M1-5B district are 5.0 for manufacturing and commercial uses, and 6.5 for community facility uses. The project site is located within both the NoHo Historic District and NoHo Business Improvement District (BID).

The applicant intends to develop a 14-unit residential building with 3,970 gross square feet of ground-floor retail.

However, for conservative analysis purposes, a development with 37 residential units was analyzed.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2016. Absent the proposed action, the applicant has stated that the site would be developed as a 46,609 gross square feet, 12 story hotel, comprised of approximately 93 rooms, with a 6,758 gross square feet trade school on the ground floor.

The Applicant has received a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on August 8, 2013 and the proposed building's frontage would be clad in brick, metal and terra cotta consistent with the adjacent built form. In addition, the development of the existing vacant parcel would enhance the built form by unifying the street-wall along Broadway, contributing to the character and scale of the area.

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to air quality, and noise, an (E) designation (E-325) has been incorporated into the proposed actions on (Block 531, Lot 4), as described below.

The (E) designation text related to air quality is as follows:

Any new residential/commercial development on the above referenced properties must ensure that fossil fuel-fired heating and hot water system(s) utilize only natural gas, and that the heating and hot water system(s) exhaust stack(s) are located at least 163 feet above grade, and at least 22 feet away from edge of the building facing the East Fourth Street lot line, to avoid any potential significant air quality impacts.

The (E) designation requirements related to noise would apply to the following development sites:

In order to ensure an acceptable interior noise level of 45 dBA, the building facades of future residential uses must provide a minimum composite building attenuation value of 33 dBA with windows closed. The minimum required composite building attenuation for commercial uses would be 5 dBA less (28 dBA) with windows closed. In order to maintain a closed-window condition at all times, an alternate means of ventilation must be provided. Alternate means of ventilation includes, but is not limited to, central air conditioning.

The project is located at 688 Broadway between West 3rd and 4th Streets, in Manhattan's NoHo Historic District, within Manhattan Community District 2, 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, E-mail: c_evans@planning.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Rheingold Rezoning. 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; 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 proposal by the applicant, Forrest Lots, LLC, for a zoning map amendment, a zoning text amendment, and changes to the city map (collectively, the Proposed Action) affecting an approximately 6 block area within the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 4, New York. The affected area is generally bounded by Flushing Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Melrose Street, Stanwix Street, Forrest Street, Garden Street, and Beaver Street. The Proposed Action would rezone all or portions of Blocks 3137, 3138, 3139, 3140, 3141 and 3152. The affected area is currently zoned M1-1 and M3-1, light and heavy manufacturing districts, respectively. The proposed zoning map amendment would rezone the area M1-2, R6A and R7A with selected C2-4 commercial overlays. The proposed zoning text amendment would establish the Inclusionary Housing program within the proposed R6A and R7A districts within the rezoning area. The City Map change would establish the section of Stanwix Street from Montieth Street to Forrest Street and the section of Noll Street between Evergreen Avenue and Stanwix Street as mapped streets.

The Proposed Action would facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to redevelop four sites with 54,182 square feet of local retail space and 977 dwelling units (DUs), of which 242 DUs would be affordable to low-to-moderate-income households, per the Inclusionary Housing regulations (47 units would be set aside for senior housing) by 2016. For environmental analysis purposes, the Final EIS projects that on the Applicant's sites the Proposed Action would result in a net increase of 54,182 sf of local retail space and 977 dwelling units (DUs), of which 195 DUs would be affordable to low-to-moderate-income households, per the Inclusionary Housing regulations. In addition, the Proposed Action could facilitate new development on four sites not under the applicant's control. On these properties, the Proposed Action could result in a net increase of 99 DUs, of which 20 DUs would be affordable per the Inclusionary Housing regulations, and 20,013 sf of local retail. In total, the Proposed Action is expected to result in development on eight (8) sites generating a net increase of approximately 1,076 DUs, of which 215 would be considered affordable, and 74,194 sf of local retail.

The Proposed Action includes (E) designations (E-315) for hazardous materials, noise, and air quality. The (E) designation is a mechanism that ensures no significant adverse impacts would result from a proposed action because of steps that would be undertaken prior to the development of a rezoned site. The (E) designation would ensure that these identified sites would not be developed unless necessary remedial measures are implemented.

The Final EIS identifies potential significant adverse impacts related to open space, community facilities (elementary schools) and transportation (traffic). Measures to mitigate the community facilities and open space impacts were explored and evaluated in between the Draft and EIS in consultation with the New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA), the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), the New York City Department of Parks (NYC DPR) and the lead agency, New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP). The Final EIS identifies measures that would fully mitigate impacts for community facilities and traffic and partially mitigate open space impacts. Absent the implementation of the measures identified in the Final EIS, the Proposed Action could have an unmitigated significant adverse impact on elementary schools. While the identified impact to open space could be partially mitigated with the measures identified in the Final EIS, it would still constitute an unavoidable significant adverse impact on open space resources. As the significant adverse impact on open space would not be fully mitigated, the Proposed Action would result in an unavoidable adverse impact on open space.

The Final EIS evaluates three alternatives to the proposed action: a No Action Alternative, a Lower Density Alternative, and a No Impact Alternative.

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.


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