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ENB - Region 2 Notices 6/24/2015

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 510-512 West 23rd Street Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request by the applicant, 22-23 Corp. c/o Park-It Management, for 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) as of June 23, 2005 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. A "granting site" (Block 694, p/o Lot 40), and a "receiving site" (Block 696, Lot 35) were identified. The granting site is currently occupied with New York City Fire Department Ambulance EMS parking station and vehicular storage. The receiving site is currently occupied with a 23,760 gross square feet 5 story public parking garage.

As a result of the proposed action, it was anticipated that the granting site would transfer a maximum of 8,668 gross square feet of unused floor area to the receiving site. It was assumed that new development on the proposed receiving site would consist of a 37,125 gross square feet mixed-use building containing 38 dwelling units (32,175 gross square feet of residential uses) and 4,950 square feet of ground floor retail. The analysis year for the proposed action is 2017.

This Revised Negative Declaration addresses a modification by the New York City Council to the proposed text amendment, as noted in the supporting statement of this document.

The above determination is based on an environmental assessment which finds that:

  1. In 2005, the New York City Planning Commission adopted the Special West Chelsea District Rezoning (ULURP Nos. N050161(A) ZRM, and C050162ZMM). In connection with Special West Chelsea District Rezoning, an Environmental Impact Statement (CEQR 03DCP069M) was issued on May 13, 2005 and Technical Memorandum was issued on June 22, 2005. An E-Designation (E-142) related to hazardous materials and noise was assigned to receiving site 1 (Block 696, Lot 35). The E-designation (E-142) for hazardous materials and noise would ensure that the proposed action will not result in significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials, air quality and noise.
  2. A Revised Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) issued on March 17, 2015 reflects a correction in the description of the sites expected to be affected by the proposed action. Block 695, Lot 28 and Block 691, Lot 50 had previously been included in the list of lots affected by the proposed action. At the time of certification, it was found that these two sites would not be expected to be affected by the proposed action. As detailed in the Revised EAS, it was determined that the corrections to the affected area would not have the potential for significant adverse impacts on the environment and would not alter the conclusions of the previous environmental review.
  3. Since the issuance of the Revised Environmental Assessment Statement on March 17, 2015 and Revised Negative Declaration on May 4, 2015, the New York City Council Land Use Committee voted to recommend modification to the application on May 21, 2015. The Council recommends stipulating that the maximum amount of floor area that can be transferred is that permitted as of the date of the adoption of the Special West Chelsea District, or June 23, 2005. This modification would not alter the conclusions of the Revised Environmental Assessment Statement.

The project is located at 510-512 West 23rd Street in Manhattan, New York.

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 41 Great Jones Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 41 Great Jones Holdings, LLC, for a Special Permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section §74-711 to modify the use regulations of ZR Section §42-00 in order to allow Use Group 2 residential uses within an existing building located in an M1-5B zoning district. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to occupy an existing vacant building at 41 Great Jones Street (Block 530, Lot 27, the project site) with three residential units. The project site is located within an M1-5B zoning district in the NoHo Historic District Extension in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 2.

M1-5B districts are light manufacturing districts that permit offices, certain community facilities, and most retail uses; residential uses are not permitted. The currently vacant building at the project site was previously occupied with a non-conforming (Use Group 6) art gallery on the cellar and ground floors and commercial offices (Use Group 6) on floors two through five. In the future with the proposed action, it is the applicant's intention to enlarge the building by a single story and occupy the building with residential uses. The proposed project is expected to be completed in 2016.

Absent the proposed action, it is expected that the building at the project site would not be enlarged and would remain vacant.

This Revised Negative Declaration addresses changes to the existing conditions and analysis framework, as noted in the supporting statement below.

The above determination is based on an environmental assessment which finds that:

  1. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) has determined that the proposed addition would be appropriate to the building and historic district and voted to approve it on January 21, 2014. A Certificate of Appropriateness was subsequently issued on March 5, 2014 and an amended Certificate of Appropriateness was issued on June 18, 2014.
  2. Since the issuance of the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) on January 30, 2015 and Negative Declaration on February 2, 2015 the existing conditions at the project site changed. On February 28, 2015 the building located at the project site was vacated. The Revised EAS was updated to reflect the existing conditions. Previously, the cellar and ground floor were occupied by a non-conforming Use Group 6 art gallery; floors two through five contained Use Group 6 commercial office uses. The Revised EAS was also updated to reflect a changed analysis framework. In the future absent the proposed action, the Applicant expects that the building at the project site would remain vacant. This clarification would not have the potential for significant adverse impacts and would not alter the analysis or conclusions of the environmental review.
  3. No significant effects on the environment which would require an Environmental Impact Statement are foreseeable.

The project is located at 41 Great Jones Street in Manhattan, New York.

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.


Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 3939 Richmond Avenue will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, The YMCA of Greater New York, for a zoning authorization pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) section 107-68 (Authorization for Modification of a Group Parking Facility and Access Regulations) affecting a site located in the Eltingville neighborhood of Staten Island, Community District 3. The applicant also seeks an authorization pursuant to ZR Section 107-65 (Modification of Existing Topography), which is a ministerial action not subject to environmental review. The project site is situated in an R3-2 zoning district and is located within the Special South Richmond District (SSRD).

The project site, a 105,126 square foot lot, is developed with an approximately 50,000 gross square foot Use Group 4 community facility building (the YMCA of Greater New York); a parking lot containing 182 parking spaces, which are accessed via three existing curb cuts located on Richmond Avenue and Ridgecrest Avenue; and associated landscaping. An authorization to modify group parking facility regulations is required for any parking facility within the SSRD containing more than 30 parking spaces. Of the total 182 accessory parking spaces, 107 spaces were subject to prior New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC actions (ULURP No. N940299RAR), approved in 1994. Since the 1994 NYCPC actions were approved, the YMCA facility has utilized a temporary parking area (containing 75 parking spaces) on an unpaved portion of lot 31. With the proposed authorization, the 75 space parking area would be paved and formalized and the YMCA facility would have a total capacity of 182 formal parking spaces. Vehicular access to the parking area on the project site would remain unchanged.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to formalize a temporary, approximately 28,000 square foot area containing 75 parking spaces and associated parking lot landscaping accessory to an existing community facility building on the project site.

The analysis year for the proposed project is 2016.

The project is located at 3939 Richmond Avenue in Staten island, New York.

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.


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