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ENB - Region 2 Notices 7/15/2015

Public Notice

Notice of Complete Application

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposes to issue General Permit GP-2-15-001 to the New York City Mayor's Office of Housing and Recovery Operations in connection with the City of New York Build It Back (BIB) program, authorizing the following activities in regulated Freshwater Wetlands Adjacent Areas and/or Tidal Wetlands Adjacent Areas (not in the wetlands themselves) for properties damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy:

1. Elevate and reconstruct, in-kind and in-place, lawfully existing and functional (as of October 27, 2012) residential structures and appurtenant structures.

2. Demolish existing residential structures, appurtenant structures, and utilities.

3. Establish or re-establish connections to a municipal sanitary sewer system.

Permits Applied for: Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands, Article 25 Tidal Wetlands

Project Location: Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn

State Environmental Quality Review: Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file.
SEQR Lead Agency: City of New York.

Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing no later than August 5, 2015 or 21 days after the publication date of this notice, whichever is later, to: Tamara Greco, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 47-40 21st St., Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-4997, E-mail: dep.r2@dec.ny.gov.

Contact: Tamara Greco, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 47-40 21st St., Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-4997, E-mail: dep.r2@dec.ny.gov.


Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYC HHC) Coney Island Hospital Hazard Mitigation Project

New York City, Kings County, New York

4085-DR-NY

Notification is hereby given to the public of the intent of the United States Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (USDHS-FEMA) to provide federal funding to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYC HHC), as sub-grantee, for the NYC HHC Coney Island Hospital (CIH) Hazard Mitigation Project. The proposed project would be funded through the Public Assistance Program and Hazard Mitigation Program.

The proposed project would construct a New Critical Services Structure (NCSS) on the CIH campus, located at Avenue Z and Shore Parkway between Ocean Parkway and E 6th Street in the Coney Island Section of the Borough of Brooklyn in New York City. The NCSS would provide elevated space for critical hospital facilities and infrastructure while providing minimal disruptions to hospital functions during construction. The proposed project would also construct a floodwall around the perimeter of CIH's Main and Tower Buildings; an improved stormwater management system would be provided within the floodwall.

The project site is within a FEMA-designated flood zone, as shown on the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 44 CFR Part 9, DHS-FEMA evaluated four practicable alternatives, including a No Action alternative and the proposed alternative; two alternatives (Mitigation-in-Place and Perimeter Floodwall) were dismissed. The proposed project is defined as a Critical Action pursuant to 44 CFR Part 9, which means that the minimum floodplain of concern is the 500-year Floodplain. DHS-FEMA concluded that the NCSS was the Proposed Alternative. The lowest floor of the NCSS and its above-ground utilities will be elevated at or above the 500-year base flood elevation (BFE), and the existing structures housing non-critical functions will be flood-proofed to the 100-year BFE.

In accordance with NEPA, an Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to assess the potential impacts of the proposed project on the human environment. The Draft EA summarizes the project's purpose and need, project alternatives, the affected environment, and potential environmental consequences for considered alternatives. DHS-FEMA's requirement of addressing floodplain management in accordance with 44 CFR Part 9 is incorporated with the EA.

The Draft EA is available for public comment and can be viewed and downloaded from the following website location: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/about/About-PublicNotice-CIHEA.shtml

The Draft EA can be viewed in hard copy at the following location:

Gravesend Public Library
303 Avenue X
Brooklyn, NY 11223

Coney Island Hospital
Patient Relations Room 1N21
2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Contact: Malorie Ginsburg, Director of Media and Communications, Phone: (718) 616-5389 or Tom Gucciardo, Phone: (718) 616-5190

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
125 Worth Street, Room 519
New York, NY 10013

Contact: Patricia Lockhart, Secretary to the Corporation & Records Access Officer, Phone: (212) 788-3368

The comment period will end on 30 days from the date of this legal notice publication in the New York Post. Written comments on the EA can be mailed or emailed to the contact below. If no substantive comments are received, the EA will become final and a Finding of No Significant Impact will be signed. Substantive comments will be addressed as appropriate in the final documents. Contact: FEMA NY Sandy Recovery Office, Attention: EHP-Coney Island Hospital Hazard Mitigation EA Comments, 118-35 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY 11375, E-mail: FEMA-4085-Comment@fema.dhs.gov.

Contact: Patricia Lockhart, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, 125 Worth Street, Room 519, New York, NY 10013, Phone: (212) 788-3368.



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