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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/18/2013

Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The City of New York Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Stammtisch Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request by the project sponsor, Stammtisch HDFC, for construction funding from NYC HPD in connection with the rehabilitation of 11 existing residential buildings and the development of one new residential building on 12 scattered sites in the Bushwick neighborhood of the borough of Brooklyn, New York City. The addresses of the project sites are as follows (all in Brooklyn, New York): 1344 Willoughby Avenue, 1351 Greene Avenue,1560 DeKalb Avenue, 195 Stockholm Street, 26 Morgan Avenue, 1116 Willoughby Avenue, 314 Troutman Street, 279 Wyckoff Avenue, 64 Bleecker Street, 299 Wyckoff Avenue, 27 Granite Street, and 1285 Greene Avenue. The building located at 1344 Willoughby Avenue is located within the boundaries of the National Register-listed Willoughby-Suydam Historic District. This proposal is therefore considered a Type I action under SEQRA.

The proposed action would facilitate substantial rehabilitation at eleven sites and new construction on one vacant site (1285 Green Avenue). The scope of rehabilitation activities includes the replacement of all major systems (sanitary and storm system, gas system, heating and distribution system) as well as new kitchens, bathrooms, roofs, windows and stairs. Interior walls would be removed as necessary to reconfigure existing layouts. The eleven improved properties currently contain a total of 59 dwelling units. Under the proposed action, a net decrease of 9 units would occur and a total of 50 dwelling units would be provided across all twelve sites, including the new construction site. The proposed project will include measures related to hazardous materials remediation that would be incorporated into the Regulatory Agreement between NYC HPD and the project sponsor to ensure that there are no significant adverse impacts.

Contact: Patrick S. Blanchfield, NYC HPD - Environmental Planning, 100 Gold Street, Room 91-7, new York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5056, E-mail: blanchfp@hpd.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Manhattan West will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicants, BOP West 31st Street LLC and Brookfield Properties W 33rd Co, LP for several actions, including a text amendment and certifications, pursuant to Section 93-00 of the Special Hudson Yards District (HY) relating to the public access requirements of the site, parking regulations, and an addition of a restriction on floor area transfers. Specifically the text amendment would modify Sections 93-70, 93-72, 93-73, and 93-731 of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR), relating to the public access requirements for the Ninth Avenue Rail Yard (the "Development Site," Block 729, Lots 50, 60) and 450 West 33rd Street (the "450 Site," Block 729, Lots 1, 15), located on the block bounded by West 33rd Street to the north, West 31st Street to the south, Ninth Avenue to the east, and Tenth Avenue to the west, excluding former Lot 63, in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 4, New York.

The proposed actions are (1) a text amendment to modify (i) Sections 93-70, 93-72, 93-73, and 93-731 of the New York City Zoning Resolution, relating to the public access requirements for the Development Site and the 450 Site, (ii) Section 93-821 and 93-822 relating to the parking regulations for the Development Site, and (iii) Section 93-221 to restrict transfer of floor area between subdistricts, and (2) two certifications pursuant to Section 93-122 to allow residential development on the Development Site and pursuant to Section 93-122(b) to permit the residential development on the Development Site in connection with a phased development. The proposed text amendment would facilitate the development of up to 27,190 square feet of proposed public access area on the project area, which would be part of the larger "Manhattan West" project. While the proposed actions are required to facilitate the development of the proposed public access areas, no discretionary actions are required to implement the rest of the Manhattan West Project, which would include office, retail, and residential space, accessory parking; the upgrade and renovation of the building on the 450 Site; and 1.57 acres (68,535 square feet) of public access areas, including spaces required by the existing zoning, as well as three additional as-of-right spaces.

The site was identified as a development site in the Hudson Yards Rezoning, which was the subject of Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications approved by the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) on November 23, 2004 and analyzed in the No. 7 Subway Extension - Hudson Yards Rezoning and Development Program Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Final GEIS) completed on January 1, 2005 (the 2005 Final GEIS). The Special Hudson Yards District was created to promote the transit-oriented redevelopment of the Hudson Yards Area as a mixed-use community with new commercial and residential space, as well as a substantial amount of new open space. The project area is located within the Farley Corridor Subdistrict B of the Special Hudson Yards District. There are existing (E) designations on the site for Hazardous Materials, Air Quality and Noise which would not be altered as a result of the proposed actions.

In order to assess the impacts associated with the proposed actions, a Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario was established. The proposed actions would result in the development of the same amount of office, retail, residential space, and parking as in the No Action Scenario. The proposed actions would result in the addition of 0.48 to 0.62 acres of public access areas. Compared to the No Action condition, the proposed project would result in the same 24,115 square foot platform over Dyer Avenue, 4,000 square foot passageway along West 31st Street within the 450 Site, and 1,800 square foot podium at the intersection of Tenth Avenue and West 31st Street and the same amount of parking with the same entrance and exit. The public access areas that would be added in the With Action Scenario would be a 10,080 square foot entry plaza at the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 33rd Street; a 41,382 square foot to 47,800 square foot open-to-the-sky central plaza connecting the Dyer Avenue platform to Ninth Avenue, a 4,500 square foot event space, and possibly a freestanding retail pavilion; a 7,480 square foot "art plaza" south of the entry plaza extending to West 31st Street and an approximately 450 square foot area connecting the Dyer Avenue platform to West 31st Street. The connection to West 31st Street would consist of a new stair and elevator which would connect the Dyer Avenue platform with the sidewalk at West 31st Street. The proposed amendments relating to parking would not change the overall amount of parking permitted and the proposed amendments relating to and transfer of floor area would not allow any additional floor area to be developed on the Development Site.

The analysis year for the proposed actions is 2020.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423 Fax: (212) 720-3495 Email: r_dobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Revised Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 945 Second Avenue Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Revised Negative Declaration originally issued on April 22, 2013, has been revised in order to take into account modifications to the proposed action, as described further below.

The applicant, 945 Realty Holdings, LLC, is seeking a zoning text amendment to modify restrictions on second story commercial use pursuant to Zoning Resolution 32-421, "Limitations on floors occupied by commercial uses." The proposed action would permit second floor commercial use in certain buildings located in C1 or C2 districts mapped within R9 or R10 districts, or in C1-8, C1-9, C2-7 and C2-8 districts in Manhattan Community District 6, where such use is an established component of the area's land use pattern. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant, the owner of Crave Fishbar, to enlarge its restaurant by occupying the second floor of an existing building located at 945 Second Avenue (Block 1324, Lot 23) in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 6, New York.

The applicant's restaurant, Crave Fishbar, was located across the street from the project site at 946 Second Avenue until March 2008 when its building at that location was greatly damaged in the collapse of a construction crane and had to be demolished. The applicant purchased 945 Second Avenue in order to relocate the restaurant and subsequently realized that commercial use was prohibited by Section 32-421 above the first floor. The small footprint of 945 Second Avenue means that the restaurant can only occupy 1,400 gross square feet on the first floor with 46 seats. The proposed action would permit the applicant's restaurant to expand to the second floor and consist of a total of 2,680 gross square feet and 74 seats.

The proposed action is not intended to induce new development but to facilitate the enlargement of the aforementioned existing restaurant. Any potential development would be geographically dispersed and any potential environmental effects would be minimal and diffuse.

The existing building at 945 Second Avenue is located within a C1-9 district and consists of a total of approximately 4,160 gross square feet, which includes three dwelling units, and a 1,400 gross square feet restaurant. 945 Second Avenue currently consists of a restaurant on the ground floor, a vacant second story, and three residential units between the third and fourth floors.

Under the current zoning text, new commercial use of the second floor is not permitted within buildings that were constructed prior to September 17, 1970, and are within C1 or C2 districts mapped within R9 or R10 districts, and in C1-8, C1-9, C2-7 and C2-8 districts. The proposed text amendment would permit commercial use on the second floor of any building if such second floor is not occupied by residential or community facility use at the time that this application was referred for public review by the City Planning Commission, and provided that the subject building is located on the same block frontage of at least one other building with a second floor occupied by a use listed in Use Groups 6, 7, 8, 9 or 14 in Manhattan Community District 6. Other regulations governing commercial use, such as commercial floor area, supplemental use regulations, and the regulations of the underlying zoning districts, would not be changed by the text amendment.

The proposed action would facilitate the applicant's proposal by permitting the occupation of the project site's second story with a 1,280 gross square feet restaurant space. Absent the proposed action, the applicant has stated that the second story would be occupied by a residential unit. Additionally, the New York City Department of Buildings has issued building permits to construct a residential penthouse on the building. This development would proceed in the future without the proposed action. The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2014.

This Revised Negative Declaration has been issued to take into account a New York City Planning Commission modification to the original proposed text amendment in response to concerns raised during the ULURP review to date. The proposed modification would reduce the applicability of the proposed text amendment from certain buildings located in C1 or C2 districts mapped within R9 or R10 districts, or in C1-8, C1-9, C2-7 and C2-8 districts, which included Manhattan Community Districts 2-8, 10 and 11 and Queens Community District 2, to only buildings in those identified zoning districts within Manhattan Community District 6. This change modifies the certified application's proposed text amendment to Section 32-421 of the Zoning Resolution. The proposed change would not alter the proposed square footage or use of the restaurant enlargement.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423 Fax: (212) 720-3495 Email: r_dobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


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