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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/28/2015

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application, Interim Remedial Measure Work Plan and a Remedial Investigation Report from LIC Development Owner, L.P. for a site known as the Queens Plaza Residential Development - Site C, site ID C241169. This site is located in Long Island City, within the County of Queens, and is located in the area of the former West Street. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than February 27, 2015. 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: Michael Haggerty, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, Bureau B, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9768, E-mail: Michael.Haggerty@dec.ny.gov.

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Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 20 East 71st Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Applicant, Tower Management Holdings, LLC, seeking a Special Permit pursuant to Section §74-711 of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR). In connection with the proposed Special Permit, the applicant is requesting waivers of the provisions of ZR Section 23-851 requiring a minimum inner court dimension of 30 feet; ZR Section 23-851 requiring a minimum inner court area of 1,200 square feet; and ZR Section 23-86 requiring a minimum distance of 30 feet to the lot line for legal windows (the "proposed actions"). The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to renovate and convert a 28,800 gross square foot (gsf), former commercial building at 20 East 71st Street to its original use as a single-family residence. The project site (Block 1385, Lot 57) is located on the southern side of East 71st Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue, in a C5-1 zoning district in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 8. The project site is also located within the Special Madison Avenue Preservation District. The vacant building at project site serves as a contributing building to the Upper East Side Historic District. Absent the proposed actions (the "no-action scenario"), it is expected that the project site would remain in its current vacant condition.

The proposed project is expected to be completed in 2016. The project is located at 20 East 71st Street, Borough of Manhattan, New York County, NY.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007; Phone: (212)720-3493, E-mail: o_abinad@planning.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 510-512 West 23rd Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves applicant, 22-23 Corp. c/o Park-It Management, requesting a zoning text amendment pursuant to (ZR) Section 98-33(b) "Transfer of Development Rights from the High Line Transfer Corridor (HLTC)." The proposed action would allow sites that (a) are located within the Special West Chelsea (WCh) District HLTC, and are situated outside of a WCh Subarea, (b) are zoned C6-2A or C6-3A, and (c) have transferable floor area ("granting sites") to transfer their maximum allowable unused residential or commercial floor area, whichever is greater, to "receiving sites." Eligible receiving sites are sites located in C6-2, C6-3, or C6-4 zoning districts in WCh Subareas "A" through "E," "G" and "I." The proposed text amendment would permit the granting sites' full allowable unused residential floor area to be transferred to receiving sites within the Special West Chelsea District; per the current regulations, only allowable commercial floor area may be transferred from granting sites within the Special West Chelsea HLTC. The affected area is generally bounded by W. 24th Street to the north, W. 22nd Street to the south, 11th Avenue to the west and 10th Avenue to the east, in the Special West Chelsea District of Manhattan, Community District 4.

In order to assess the impacts associated with the proposed action, a Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario (RWCDS) was established. Two "granting sites" (Block 694, p/o Lot 40, "granting site 1" and Block 695, Lot 28 "granting site 2") and two receiving sites (Block 696, Lot 35 "receiving site 1" and Block 691, Lot 50 "receiving site 2") were identified. Granting site 1 is currently occupied with New York City Fire Department Ambulance EMS parking station and vehicular storage; granting site 2 is a vacant lot. Receiving site 1 is currently occupied with a 23,760 gross square feet (gsf) 5-story public parking garage; receiving site 2 is currently occupied with a 1-story gallery.

As a result of the proposed action, it was anticipated that granting site 1 would transfer a maximum of 8,668 gsf of unused floor area to receiving site 1. It was assumed that new development on receiving site 1 would consist of a 37,125 gsf mixed-use building containing 38 dwelling units (32,175 gsf of residential uses) and 4,950 sf of ground floor retail. Additionally, for conservative analysis purposes, it was anticipated that granting site 2 could potentially transfer a maximum of 4,175 gsf of unused floor area to receiving site 2. It was assumed that new development on receiving site 2 would consist of a 27,600 gsf mixed-use building containing 27 dwelling units (23,000 gsf of residential uses) and 4,600 sf of ground floor retail. The analysis year for the proposed action is 2017.

Absent the proposed action, it is anticipated that the uses on the two granting sites would remain as in their existing conditions. It is also anticipated that, absent the proposed action, the property at receiving site 1 would be converted to a mixed-use building containing 22 residential units (18,810 gsf of residential uses) and 4,950 gsf of ground floor retail uses and that receiving site 2 would be redeveloped with a mixed-use building containing 22 residential units (18,400 gsf of residential uses) and 4,600 gsf of ground floor retail.

The project is located at 510-512 West 23rd Street. Generally bounded by W. 24th Street to the north, W. 22nd Street to the south, 11th Avenue to the west and 10th Avenue to the east, in the Special West Chelsea District of Manhattan, New York County, NY.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007; Phone: (212)720-3493, E-mail: o_abinad@planning.nyc.gov.


Revised Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 102 Greene Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. This Revised Negative Declaration Supersedes the Negative Declaration Issued on August 18, 2014. The action involves the applicant, 102 Greene Owner LLC, seeking a Special Permit pursuant to the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711(a) and (b) to modify the bulk and use regulations applicable to a mixed-use building in a M1-5A district. The project site, which is developed with a 3-story mixed use building containing approximately 5,030 gsf of commercial retail space uses and two Use Group 2 residential units, is located at 102 Greene Street (Block 499, Lot 6) within the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District in Manhattan, Community District 2. The proposed action would legalize the two existing UG 2 residential uses at the project site and facilitate a proposal by the applicant to enlarge the existing 3-story building with an additional two stories plus a penthouse. The new enlargement would be occupied with Use Group 2 residential uses. This revised Negative Declaration reflects a new applicant, 102 Greene Owner LLC, and also clarifies the occupancy of the second and third stories of the existing building, as described in the supporting statement.

The project site is located within a M1-5A zoning district which allows manufacturing and commercial uses up to 5.0 FAR with limitations on ground floor retail uses; Use Group 2 residential uses are not permitted. The proposed special permit would allow for the legalization of the site's existing residential uses and for the residential conversion of the building's upper stories. In total, the proposed development would consist of a 16,330 gross square foot (gsf) five story plus penthouse building, comprising approximately 3,899 gsf of commercial uses and approximately 12,431 gsf of residential uses (5 dwelling units). The proposed project is expected to be completed in 2016.

The proposed action includes an (E) designation (E-349) applicable to the project site (Block 499, Lot 6). The (E) designation would preclude significant adverse impacts related to air quality and noise.

Supporting Statement:
The above determination is based on a revised environmental assessment which finds that:

  1. This project site was subject to a previous application brought before City Planning Commission, ULURP Application (No. 080260ZSM) and CEQR Application (No. 08DCP039M) to facilitate the expansion of the existing building. The project was issued a Negative Declaration January 4, 2010. The application was subsequently withdrawn and the expansion did not take place at that time.
  2. The proposed action is being applied for in conjunction with a City Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) Approval, which includes the exterior rehabilitation of the building's façade. The Project was issued an LPC Certificate of Appropriateness dated November 19th, 2013 and a Modification of Use dated November 19th, 2013. The applicant agrees to enter into an LPC Restrictive Declaration to provide for the continuing maintenance of the historic building.
  3. The (E) designations for air quality and noise would ensure that the proposed action would not result in significant adverse impacts.
  4. In the Fall of 2014, following the certification of the above reference project, the project site changed ownership from BLDG Greene Street LLC to 102 Greene Owner LLC. Accordingly, the applicant for the proposed action is 102 Greene Owner LLC, and the Revised Environmental Assessment Statement has been updated to reflect this change. Additionally, the occupancy of the building at the project site has been clarified; while the Certificate of Occupancy in connection the building at the project site identifies JLWQA use, the property is presently occupied by Use Group 2 residential uses. As described in the Revised Environmental Assessment Statement, these clarifications would not result in any new significant adverse impacts.
  5. No other significant adverse effects on the environment which would require an Environmental Impact Statement are foreseeable.

The project is located 102 Greene Street, Borough of Manhattan, New York County, NY.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007; Phone: (212)720-3493, E-mail: o_abinad@planning.nyc.gov.


Revised Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Special West Chelsea Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves the applicant, the New York City Department of City Planning proposing a zoning map amendment and zoning text amendment to the NYC Zoning Resolution (ZR) to expand the Special West Chelsea District to include a portion of a block bounded by West 14th and West 15th Streets, and Ninth and Tenth Avenues in the West Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, Community District 4. The proposed Special West Chelsea District extension (the "Project Area") is bounded by West 14th and West 15th streets, and Ninth and Tenth Avenues (Block 712, Lots 1, 6, 11, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, and 51 and part of Lots 26, 27, and 29). In addition, the proposal includes text amendments related to street wall regulations, rear yard provisions, maximum building heights, and unenclosed sidewalk cafes that would apply to the 17 blocks within the Special West Chelsea District and proposed extension area, generally bounded by West 14th Street to the south, West 30th Street to the north, Eleventh Avenue to the east, and Tenth Avenue to the west. The Proposed Action is intended to reinforce the context and scale of the Special West Chelsea District and implement height and setback controls on West 15th Street that are consistent with envelope regulations governing adjacent blocks, and would have no effect on the amount of development that could take place in the Project Area or the overall district.

The Proposed Action includes the following:

Zoning Map Amendment
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  • To extend the Special West Chelsea District to the block that is directly south of the district, bounded by West 14th and West 15th Streets, and Ninth and Tenth Avenues, excluding the segment of the block beyond 325 feet east of Tenth Avenue and south of the block centerline (the "Project Area"). It should be noted that with the proposed incorporation of the Project Area into the Special West Chelsea District, the underlying zoning district designation, M1-5, will remain.

Zoning Text Amendments

  • To Appendix A of Article IX, Chapter 8 to expand the Special West Chelsea District map to include the Project Area, as described above;
  • To Appendix B of Article IX, Chapter 8 to expand the High Line Transfer Corridor Location map to include the Project Area as described above;
  • To ZR Section 98-423, Street Wall Location, Minimum and Maximum Base Heights and Maximum Building Heights, to:
    1. Strengthen street wall requirements applicable to comer lots located outside of a Special West Chelsea District subarea and containing narrow street frontages, by requiring that beyond 50 feet of an intersection along a wide street, buildings at applicable lots contain street walls that extend along the street line for at least 70% of their zoning lot's narrow street frontage for up to at least the minimum base height required; and
    2. To correct the maximum building height permitted in Subarea C for zoning lots with Tenth Avenue frontage from 145' to 125';
  • To Section 98-41, Special Rear Yard Regulations, to clarify that where rear yard equivalents are required, they shall be provided at the mid-block;
  • To ZR Section 14-44, Special Zoning Districts Where Certain Sidewalk Cafes Are Permitted, to allow sidewalk cafes on wide streets, along portions of Ninth Avenue, Tenth Avenue, Eleventh Avenue, and West 23rd Street.

While the Proposed Action would not increase the amount of allowable floor area, a range of development alternatives could occur as a result of the proposal. Therefore, for conservative analysis purposes, two reasonable worst case development scenarios ("RWCDS 1" and "RWCDS 2") have been identified. For environmental assessment purposes, projected development was identified as being likely to occur on two sites pursuant to the Proposed Action, "Development Site l " (Block 712, Lots 36 and 38) and "Development Site 2" (Block 712, Lots 1 and 6).

Under RWCDS 1, Development Site 1 (Block 712, Lot 36 and 38) would be developed with a commercial building consisting of 83,450 gross square feet (gst) with a base height of 50 feet and an overall height of 252 feet in the future without the Proposed Action (the "no-action scenario"), In future with the Proposed Action (the "with-action scenario") the proposed 83,450 gsf commercial building would reach a height of 13 5 feet. As the overall effect of the Proposed Action is a modification in the permitted height and bulk, there is no net increment between the no-action and with-action scenarios under RWCDS 1.

RWCDS 2 differs from RWCDS 1 in that it considers an additional development site (Block 712, Lot 1 and 6) and assumes that certain administrative actions would be sought, resulting in a difference of bulk configuration on both sites. Under RWCDS 2 for Development Site 1 (Block 712, Lot 36 and 38), it is assumed that 22,479 sf of floor area would be transferred from an under-built building adjacent to the south (Block 712, Lot 29). Development Site 1 would be improved with a 297-foot, 105,929 gsf commercial building in the no-action scenario. In the with-action scenario, Development Site 1 would be developed with a 105, 929 gsf commercial building, with a reduced overall height of 135 feet. Development Site 2 (Block 712, Lot 1 and 6) consists of an existing commercial 11 1' foot-tall, 241,567 gsf building containing office and light manufacturing uses, and a single story 16,558 gsf retail building. Under RWCDS 2, it is assumed that an administrative certification from the Department of City Planning pursuant to ZR Section 43-121 (Expansion of Existing Manufacturing Buildings) would be sought to expand the floor area available to Development Site 2 by 30,724 gsf. In the no-action scenario, the western portion (Lot 1) of the existing building at Development Site 2 would be enlarged with a 34-foot tall, 30,724 expansion, for a total building height of 145 feet and a total gross square footage of 272,291 gsf. In the with­ action scenario, the 30,724 sf addition would be in the form of a 24-foot enlargement, for a total buildi ng height of 135 feet. As with RWCDS 1, no net square footage increment between the no­ action and with-action scenarios under RWCDS 2 would result; the overall effect of the Proposed Action is a change in the height and bulk of the development.

The analysis year for the Proposed Action is 2024.

The Proposed Action includes (E) designation (E-350) applicable to Development Site 1 (Block 712, Lot 36 and 38) and a portion of Development Site 2 (Block 712, Lot 1), in the event that Development Site 2 is enlarged.

The project is located on West 14th Street to the south, West 30th Street to the north, Eleventh Avenue to the east, and Tenth Avenue to the west.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007; Phone: (212)720-3493, E-mail: o_abinad@planning.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft Generic EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, acting as lead agency, issued a Notice of Completion on October 17, 2014 for a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Vanderbilt Corridor and One Vanderbilt project in accordance with Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law, City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR), Executive Order No. 91, and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), 6 NYCRR 617. A public hearing on the DEIS will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 9:00 AM in the George Gustav Heye Center, National Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004. Comments are requested on the DEIS and will be accepted until Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Copies of the DEIS may be obtained from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, New York 10007, Robert Dobruskin, Director (212) 720-3423; or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10038, Nilda Mesa, Director (212) 788-9956; and on the New York City Department of City Planning's website located at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the Vanderbilt Corridor and One Vanderbilt project as proposed by New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) and a private applicant, Green 317 Madison LLC (317 Madison). DCP is proposing a zoning text amendment and a City Map amendment affecting five blocks along the west side of Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and East 47th Streets (Vanderbilt Corridor) and the portion of Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and East 43rd Streets. 317 Madison owns the portion of a block in the proposed Vanderbilt Corridor bounded by East 42nd and East 43rd Streets and Madison and Vanderbilt Avenues (One Vanderbilt site) and is applying for special permits pursuant to the proposed zoning text amendment. The special permits would allow for the transfer of development rights from a landmarked building; grant a floor area bonus in connection with certain public realm improvements; and, modify certain bulk regulations and required district plan elements.

DCP is proposing the Vanderbilt Corridor text amendment in order to address the number of development sites along Vanderbilt Avenue that offer the opportunity to provide modern commercial space in the immediate vicinity of Grand Central Terminal in the near term, to create a mechanism for linking new commercial development to significant infrastructure improvements in the overall Grand Central Terminal area, and to provide greater options for the transfer of unused landmark development rights. The proposed actions would allow 317 Madison to construct an approximately 1.8 million-gross-square-foot (gsf) 30.0 FAR commercial building containing a mix of uses including office, trading floors, retail, restaurant, transit access, a transit hall at ground level, and rooftop amenity space.

The commercial program in the proposed One Vanderbilt development is expected to include the following components: approximately 1,079,000 gsf of office space, approximately 246,000 gsf of trading floors, approximately 53,000 gsf of retail, approximately 27,000 gsf of restaurant space, and approximately 55,000 gsf of rooftop amenity space, which may include tenant amenity space, restaurant space, and a public observation deck. The anticipated build year for the approximately 65-story One Vanderbilt project is 2021.

Although there are no specific proposals at this time to redevelop the four blocks of the proposed Vanderbilt Corridor north of the One Vanderbilt site, the DEIS considers the potential redevelopment of two properties on these blocks at a conceptual level with an analysis year of 2033. The DEIS identifies significant adverse impacts as the result of the proposed One Vanderbilt development with respect to transportation (traffic, transit, and pedestrians).

The DEIS identifies measures and/or potential measures that would fully or partially mitigate most significant adverse impacts; some impacts would remain unmitigated. Between DEIS and FEIS, potential mitigation measures will be studied further to determine whether they are feasible and whether any significant adverse impacts would remain unmitigated.

The conceptual analysis found that additional future development that could occur in the Vanderbilt Corridor would be anticipated to result in additional significant adverse impacts to historic resources and transportation (traffic and pedestrians) and has the potential to result in significant adverse impacts to open space. The redevelopment of additional development sites within the Vanderbilt Corridor pursuant to the proposed actions would be subject to separate environmental review processes which would then evaluate measures that could fully or partially mitigate any identified significant adverse impacts.

The DEIS considered alternatives to the proposed actions that included a No-Action Alternative and a Lower Density Alternative.

Since the issuance of the Notice of Completion for the DEIS, 317 Madison has proposed a modification to one of the special permits (ULURP No. C 150130(A) ZSM.) A technical memorandum assessing whether this modification would alter the conclusions presented in the DEIS is available on DCP's website (http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml). The analyses presented in the technical memorandum will be incorporated into the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS.)

The project is located on five blocks along the west side of Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and East 47th Streets (Vanderbilt Corridor) and the portion of Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and East 43rd Streets in Manhattan, Community District 5.

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


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