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ENB - Region 2 Notices 4/1/2015

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Queens Plaza Park Development LLC for a site known as Queens Plaza North, site ID #C241171. This site is located in Long Island City, within the County of Queens, and is located at 29-37 41st Avenue and 29-27 Queens Plaza North. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than May 1, 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: MD Hoque, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, Bureau B, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9767, E-mail: md.hoque@dec.ny.gov.

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Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York State Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (NYS GOSR), under the auspices of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYS HCR) and the Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Coastal and Social Resiliency Initiatives for Tottenville Shoreline may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted by the contact listed below until May 15, 2015. A public scoping session will be held on April 30, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at CYO-MIV Community Center, 6541 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10309. A hard copy of the Draft Scope is available for viewing at 25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004 from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. The online version of the Draft Scope is available at the following publicly accessible web site: http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/environmental-docs.

The Draft EIS will examine certain coastal and social resiliency measures to be funded by federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds in and adjacent to Tottenville, on Staten Island's South Shore (Proposed Actions). Staten Island is exposed to extreme wave action and coastal flooding during hurricane and nor'easter events due to its location at the mouth of the New York Bight, which funnels and increases the intensity of storm surge into New York Harbor, Raritan Bay, and the shoreline of Staten Island. The Proposed Actions to be analyzed in the Draft EIS include (1) a 13,000 linear foot ecologically enhanced offshore breakwater system that would reduce wave energy at the shoreline and prevent shoreline erosion, and an associated proposed community Water Hub, which would provide a place for educational programs associated with the breakwater, and (2) a proposed hardened dune system would be located along the Tottenville shoreline from approximately Brighton Street to Joline Avenue. The environmental review will evaluate the impacts of collectively implementing both components to achieve layered shoreline protection and social resiliency, and also include comparative analysis of the impacts of individually implementing the components.

The project is located along the Tottenville shoreline of the South Shore of Staten Island, New York and Pittsville Street, Hylan Boulevard and Richard Avenue in Staten Island, New York.

Contact: Daniel Greene, Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, 25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004, Phone: (212) 480-4644, E-mail: nyscdbg_dr_er@nyshcr.org.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Vanderbilt Corridor and One Vanderbilt. The Final EIS is available from the New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY, 10007 and on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/eis.shtml.

The action involves a proposal by the applicants, the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) and a private applicant, Green 317 Madison LLC (317 Madison), for a series of proposed discretionary actions that would facilitate commercial development between Madison and Vanderbilt Avenues in East Midtown Manhattan, improve pedestrian circulation within Grand Central Terminal and its vicinity, and allow greater opportunity for area landmarks to transfer their unused development rights. NYC DCP is proposing a zoning text amendment and City Map amendment affecting the five blocks along the west side of Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and East 47th Streets and the portion of Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and East 43rd Streets. 317 Madison is requesting special permits pursuant to the above-referenced zoning text amendment for a site bounded by East 42nd and East 43rd Streets and Madison and Vanderbilt Avenues (One Vanderbilt site).

The proposed actions would allow 317 Madison to construct an approximately 1.8 million gross square foot 30.0 FAR 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 anticipated build year for the One Vanderbilt site is 2021. A conceptual analysis was conducted to assess redevelopment on two additional blocks that could be realized in the foreseeable future under the proposed actions with an analysis year of 2021 and 2033.

The Final EIS incorporates responses to the public comments received on the DEIS and additional analysis conducted subsequent to the completion of the Draft EIS.

The project is located between Madison and Vanderbilt Avenues in East Midtown Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planing Commission, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY, 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


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