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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/11/2013

Public Notice

Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from 1903 West Farms, LLC for a site known as 1899-1905 West Farms Road, site ID #C203070. This site is located in the Borough of Bronx, within the County of Bronx and is located at 1899-1905 West Farms Road. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than January 10, 2014. 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 Ruth Curley, NYS DEC-Division of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau B, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9768, E-mail: recurley@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Jamaica Tributaries Combine Sewer Overflow (CSO) Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of a new 48 inch interceptor and bending weirs in three regulators. The design of the proposed interceptor - a bypass sewer line parallel to the existing West Interceptor- would relieve the existing "bottleneck" that currently restricts wet weather flow to the Jamaica Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) and, therefore, contributes to CSO events in Bergen Basin and Jamaica Bay. It is estimated that installation of the new bypass sewer pipeline to augment the existing twin 36 inch West Interceptor would reduce combined sewer overflows to Bergen Basin by 100 million gallons per year.

Bending weirs, passive flow control devices designed to maintain water levels upstream of the overflow weir, would be installed at regulators JA-3, JA-14, and JA-6. There are a total of ten regulators located in the Jamaica WWTP drainage area. The three regulators included in the proposed Bending Weir Installation were selected due to their location in the Jamaica WWTP interceptor system. Bending weir installation within these three regulators would, unlike existing conditions, allow for full wet weather storage and subsequent reductions in CSO events.

The project is located in South Ozone Park and Laurelton neighborhoods of Queens, New York.

Contact: Mitchell Wimbush, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Blvd, 11th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone; (718) 595-4451, E-mail: mwimbish@dep.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Kingsbridge Armory National Ice Center. The Final EIS is available from the New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street , 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038 and on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/oec.

The action involves the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory with approximately 795,000 gross square feet of new development, including 9 ice rinks; approximately 64,000 gross square feet of related program space, including a wellness/off-ice training center, curling rinks, and lockers/equipment storage; approximately 58,000 gross square feet of related food and beverage, concession, and retail space; and approximately 50,000 gross square feet of community facility space, which is assumed to include fitness and recreation facilities, multipurpose rooms, child care, business incubator space, and meeting rooms for local community use. The proposed ice rinks are intended for use by neighborhood students and residents, high school and college leagues, open skating times, instructional training, adult professional (minor league) and non-professional hockey games, figure and speed skating, and other ice events. The central, main rink would have a capacity of approximately 5,000 seats; the other rinks would have limited, temporary bleacher seating (approximately 100 seat capacity per rink). The main pedestrian entrance to the facility would be at the Armory's headhouse on West Kingsbridge Road; alternate pedestrian entrances would be from Reservoir Avenue, Jerome Avenue, and West 195th Street.

The proposed project involves the disposition of City-owned property to a private developer. Disposition would require approval through ULURP pursuant to New York City Charter Section 197-c and separate Mayoral and Borough Board approval pursuant to City Charter Section 384(b)(4). In addition, the following discretionary actions would be required to facilitate the project:

  • A zoning text amendment to Section 74-41 of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR), to create a new subsection 74-41(b), which would allow by special permit an indoor arena with a rated capacity in excess of 2,500 persons, but not greater than 6,000 persons, to be located within 200 feet of a residential district in Bronx Community Board 7, and to allow modifications of certain signage and loading berth requirements;
  • A zoning map amendment to rezone the project block from R6 to C4-4;
  • A special permit pursuant to proposed subsection 74-41(b) of the ZR to permit (a) an arena with a maximum capacity of 6,000 seats at the development site and (b) the modification of signage and loading berth requirements for the proposed project;
  • A special permit pursuant to ZR Section 73-36 from the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) for the proposed wellness center; and
  • An easement from the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, for the planned use of the property between West 195th Street and the north façade of the Armory, for reconfigured and expanded access driveways, as well as for ingress/egress.

    Since the Armory is a National Youth Leadership Council (NYCL) and is currently City-owned, the proposed changes to the building would require a Binding Report from New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) pursuant to New York City Landmarks Law.

The project is anticipated to be complete by 2018. Absent the proposed actions, the Armory would remain a vacant, underutilized facility.

The project is bounded by West 195 Street, Reservoir Avenue, West Kingsbridge Road, Jerome Avenue the Bronx, New York.

Contact: Wesley O'Brien, New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, Phone: (212) 788-2932, E-mail: wobrien@cityhall.nyc.gov.


Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Seaside Park and Community Arts Center. The Final EIS is available from the New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street , 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038 and on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/oec.

The action involves a proposal by the Applicant, Coney Island Holdings LLC, for a number of land use actions to facilitate the development of the Seaside Park and Community Arts Center (proposed project) in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 13. The proposed project involves the development of approximately 2.41 acres of publicly accessible open space, which would include an approximately 5,100 seat seasonal amphitheater for concerts and other events. The proposed project also includes the landmarked (Former) Childs Restaurant Building, which would be restored for reuse as a restaurant and banquet facility and renovated for adaptive reuse to provide the stage area for the open-air concert venue and use as an indoor entertainment venue during the off-season months.

It is anticipated that the following discretionary actions would be required to facilitate the proposed project:

  • Zoning Map amendments (Zoning Map No. 28d) to modify the boundaries of the Special Coney Island District (CI) and the Coney West subdistrict to extend further west to West 23rd Street and to include Lots 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 76, 79, 81, 226, and 231 of Block 7071, as well as the former beds of Highland View Avenue and a portion of West 22nd Street. Refer to Figure ES-7 for proposed zoning map changes.
  • Zoning text amendments to (1) establish a new Parcel G within the Special Coney Island District comprised of Lots 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 76, 226 and 231 on Tax Block 7071); (2) extend the Coney West subdistrict to include these parcels; and (3) to create a new special permit, Section 131-60, with a ten-year term to allow an open-air auditorium with a maximum capacity of 5, 100 seats as an interim use in the Coney West subdistrict on new Parcel G and existing Parcel B (Lots 130 and 142).
  • Zoning Special Permit pursuant to the proposed zoning text amendment (proposed Zoning Resolution Section 131-60), to allow an amphitheater with a capacity of approximately 5,100 seats as a temporary use for a term of 10 years, comprised of Parcels B and G in the Coney West subdistrict of the Special Coney Island District (Lots 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 76, 142, 130, 226 and 231 on Tax Block 7071).
  • Acquisition by the City of New York of privately-owned real property that is part of the development site consisting of Lots 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 76, 130, 226, and 231 on Block 7071.
  • Disposition by lease agreement to the New York City Land Development Corporation of the acquired parcels (Block 7071, Lots 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 76, 130, 226, and 231) together with Lot 142 that presently is owned by the City, which also requires with approval of the Mayor and the Brooklyn Borough Board pursuant to New York City Charter Section 384(b)(4).
  • City capital funding.

In addition, the proposed project requires an administrative modification for a previously approved New York City Map application to separate the filing of the demapping of West 22nd Street and Highland View Avenue from the mapping of Highland View Park. Other actions associated with the proposed project include a Certificate of Appropriateness from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission for the proposed alteration and restoration of the (Former) Childs Restaurant Building, as well as approvals from the New York City Public Design Commission. The Project would also require building permits from the New York City Department of Buildings. By 2016, the proposed actions would facilitate the development of the Seaside Park and Community Arts Center. Absent the proposed actions, the site could be redeveloped on an as-of-right basis pursuant to the R7-D/C2-4 zoning and the Special Coney Island District regulations. This could allow approximately 33,978 square feet of commercial and 223,118 square feet of residential use on Lot 142. The (Former) Childs Restaurant Building on Lot 130 could be restored and adaptively reused at its current floor area of approximately 60,000 square feet, and the western portion of the development site could be converted to an approximately 1.27 acre public park.

The project is located on Riegelmann Boardwalk between West 21st Street and 23rd Street in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Wesley O'Brien, New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, Phone: (212) 788-2932, E-mail: wobrien@cityhall.nyc.gov.


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