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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/24/2013

Public Notice

Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application with Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP) from 555 Grand Units LLC for a site known as the 555 Grand Street, site ID #C224185. This site is located in the City of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 555 Grand Street 11211. Comments regarding this application and RAWP must be submitted no later than February 7, 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: Sadique Ahmed, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau B, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9767, E-mail: sxahmed@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York Public Library Central Library Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York Public Library's (NYPL) Central Library Plan (CLP) which would include the relocation of the collections and services of the circulating Mid-Manhattan Library (MML) at 455 Fifth Avenue and the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) at 188 Madison Avenue into the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (SASB) at 476 Fifth Avenue. The NYPL anticipates subsequent potential disposition of the MML site and the five floors plus a mezzanine that SIBL occupies in a 13 story building. SASB is a research library and the central building in the NYPL system. Combining research and circulating functions into SASB would result in operational savings, elimination of redundancies, maximization of public use in SASB, and improvements to programming and services. The City of New York is providing funding for a portion of the project construction.

For the consolidation, a new public library space would be created entirely within the existing footprint of the SASB, which is a designated New York City Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, and a property that is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The CLP would include the construction of a new circulating library in the area of the existing seven levels of stacks, a portion of which would be retained and utilized as a major design element, and the adaptive reuse of some support spaces located outside the stack area as new public space (the collections housed in the stacks were moved to on- and off-site locations that include proper humidity, temperature, and fire safety controls). Together, these changes would result in approximately 96,000 square feet of new public space in SASB.

The project is located at 476 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Esther Brunner, New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 788-2641, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov.

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