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ENB - Region 2 Notices 11/6/2013

Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 606 West 57th Street. The Draft GEIS is available from the contact listed below.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 606 W. 57 LLC (applicant), for a rezoning of a portion (Lots 25, 29, 31, 36, 40, 44 and 55) of Manhattan block 1104, which is bounded by West 56th and West 57th Streets and Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues, along with related land use actions that include text amendments, a special permit and a zoning authorization. The affected area is located within the "Other Area" (Northern Subarea C1) in the Special Clinton District of Manhattan Community District 4. The proposed actions, which are described in detail below, would facilitate the development of a new, mixed use building of up to approximately 1.2 million gross square feet on the parcels that are controlled by the applicant (the "proposed project site," or "development site 1").

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop a mixed use building containing up to 1,189 residential apartments, ground-floor local retail uses up to 42,000 gross square feet, and up to 500 below-grade parking spaces (or an alternate garage configuration that would provide up to 395 spaces). Twenty percent of residential units (up to 238 units) would be affordable. These uses would be developed on the proposed project site, which consists of Block 1104 Lots 31, 40, 44, and 55 (development site 1). An additional site that is not applicant-controlled (Block 1104 Lots 25 and 29 - development site 2) would be developed with an approximately 117,612 gross square foot hotel. It is anticipated that development would be complete by 2017. Development of the proposed project requires approvals from the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) for the following discretionary actions:

  • Rezoning of a portion of the block bounded by West 56th Street, West 57th Street, Eleventh Avenue and Twelfth Avenue in Manhattan from the existing M2-3 and M1-5 districts to a C4-7 commercial district. The "rezoning area" includes Lots 25, 29, 31, 36, 40, 44 and 55 on Block 1104. (It should be noted that Lots 31, 40, 44 and 55 are applicant owned (development site 1), while the applicant does not control the "outparcels" on Lots 25 and 29 (development site 2) or lot 36.
  • An amendment to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Appendix F to designate the rezoning area an Inclusionary Housing (IH)-designated area.
  • A text amendment to ZR §96-34, applicable to the rezoning area in the "Other Area" (Northern Subarea C1) in the Special Clinton District, to provide that 20 percent of the residential floor area on the proposed project site be reserved for affordable housing; to achieve the floor area bonus which facilitates more than one floor of commercial uses; and to allow an automotive showroom with repairs, applicable to the rezoning area in the "Other Area" (Northern Subarea C1) in the Special Clinton District.
  • A special permit pursuant to ZR §13-45 for a public parking garage that would contain up to 500 spaces, or, depending on the ground floor uses, up to 395 spaces.
  • Authorization pursuant to ZR §13-441 to permit a curb cut on a wide street in Manhattan Community District 4.
  • In addition, the applicant may apply for the New York State Housing Finance Agency's (HFA) "80/20" program to finance the affordable housing component.

The proposed actions are expected to result in significant adverse impacts related to community facilities (child care) and transportation. Possible mitigation measures to avoid a significant adverse impact related to community facilities (child care) could include adding capacity to existing facilities if determined feasible through consultation with the Administration of Children's Services (ACS). Mitigation measures will be further explored in consultation with New York City Department of City Planning and ACS between the Draft EIS and Final EIS. Absent the implementation of mitigation measures, the proposed actions could have an unmitigated significant adverse impact on child care facilities. The proposed actions would result in significant adverse traffic impacts at 7 intersections during the weekday AM peak hour, 10 intersections during the weekday midday peak hour, 13 intersections during the weekday PM peak hour, and 8 intersections during the Saturday peak hour. All of the locations where significant adverse traffic impacts are predicted to occur could be fully mitigated with the implementation of standard mitigation measures (including signal timing changes, approach daylighting, changing parking regulations, channelizing, etc.). The proposed actions would also result in potential significant adverse bus line haul impacts on the eastbound M57 during the AM peak period and the westbound M31 and westbound M57 during the PM peak hour. NYCT and MTA Bus routinely monitor changes in bus ridership and, subject to the agencies' fiscal and operational constraints, makes necessary service adjustments where warranted. These impacts would be mitigated if increased service adjustments are made. In addition, the proposed actions would result in a significant adverse pedestrian impact at one crosswalk location: the south crosswalk of 57th Street and Eleventh Avenue during all analysis time periods. The impacts at this crosswalk could be fully mitigated with a crosswalk widening and a signal light timing change during the weekday PM peak hour.

Three Alternatives were considered in the Draft EIS: a No-Action Alternative, which assumes none of the proposed actions would be adopted; a Lower Density Alternative that considers a C6-3X zoning designation and development with no affordable housing component; and a No Impact Alternative that would reduce the size of the development such that there would be no potential for significant adverse impacts. These alternatives would not achieve some or all of the project goals as identified by the applicant.

Between the Draft EIS and Final EIS, the transportation and transportation-related analyses may be updated to reflect background changes associated with other projects or other changes. These changes could result in new, different, or worsened significant adverse impacts, all of which will be further detailed in the Final EIS. If the updated analyses identify new, different, or worsened impacts that cannot be fully mitigated, they will be identified as unmitigated in the Final EIS.

The project is located at 606 West 57th Street in Manhattan, 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

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 Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Taxi Medallion Increase. The Final 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_medallion_increase_feis_10_24_2013.pdf. The Notice of Completion is available on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/downloads/pdf/feis_notice_of_nompletion.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.


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