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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/14/2015

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 150 Wooster Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 150 Wooster LLC, for a Zoning Text Amendment to amend the bulk, height, setback and use regulations of New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-712 (a) and (b), and two special permits pursuant to ZR 74-712 (a) and (b), as modified, in connection with a proposal to redevelop a property located at 150 Wooster Street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 2, New York. The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop a new eight story, approximately 98 foot tall mixed use building containing up to 28 dwelling units and 10,293 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and cellar levels on the development site. The development site is located in an M1-5A district and is within the boundaries of the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District, which is a designated New York City historic district and is listed on the National and State Registers.

The proposed special permit pursuant to ZR 74-712 (a) would modify current use regulations to allow residential uses on floors 2 through 8 of the development site as well as accessory lobby space on the ground floor and accessory storage space in the cellar; and allow Use Group 6 commercial retail uses below the level of the second floor. The proposed special permit pursuant to ZR 74-712 (b) would modify current height and setback regulations to allow balconies on floors 4 through 6 to project into the rear yard; allow the building's street wall to exceed the maximum street wall height, permitting a portion of the street wall to penetrate the sky exposure plane; and reduce the initial setback distance at the 8th floor.

The development site consists of a single zoning lot with two tax lots, Lots 7 and 9. Lot 7 is currently utilized as a 15 space parking lot and Lot 9 contains a one-story retail building. In the future with the proposed action, the existing parking lot and one story commercial building on the development site would be demolished, and the proposed mixed-use residential and commercial retail building would be developed in its place.

Currently, for zoning lots located within M1-5A and M1-5B zoning districts and within historic districts designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC), a special permit for modifications of use and bulk pursuant to Section 74-712 (a) may be granted to allow uses not currently permitted under the existing zoning districts, provided that the affected zoning lot is vacant; that it consist of land with minor improvements, as defined in the ZR; or where not more than 20 percent of the lot area of the zoning lot is occupied by an existing building as of December 15, 2003. These criteria were expanded by a zoning text amendment in February 4, 2014 to include zoning lots where not more than 40 percent of the lot area of the zoning lot is occupied by an existing building, provided that the zoning lot(s) have two street frontages along wide streets (CEQR #13DCP120M). The proposed zoning text amendment would eliminate any restriction with regard to frontages on wide streets as an eligibility criterion for using the special permit. There are two sites, including the development site, that meet this criterion and would thus be affected by the modified text. The development site is located on Wooster street, which is a narrow street. The other affected site has frontages on Lafayette Street, a wide street, and Crosby Street, a narrow street. A conceptual analysis of this site, with a build year of 2020, is provided in the Environmental Assessment Statement.

The development site was previously the subject of an Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) that was certified in 2012 and 2013 (CEQR No. 12DCP111M, Negative Declaration issued November 13, 2012 and Revised Negative Declaration issued March 19, 2013). The previous application was withdrawn by the prior applicant prior to a vote by the New York City Council.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2017. Absent the proposed action, the development site is expected to remain in its current use, with the existing parking and one story commercial uses on the project site remaining unchanged.

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials, an (E) designation (E-369) has been incorporated into the proposed actions.

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 EIS and Public Hearing

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed East New York Rezoning Proposal. The Draft EIS is available from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 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 New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP), together with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), for a series of land use actions to implement recommendations of the East New York Community Plan, which is the subject of an ongoing community process, to create opportunities for housing, including affordable housing, community facilities, including a new proposed public school facility, economic development and other services of an approximately 190 block area of East New York, Cypress Hills and Ocean Hill neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York.

NYC DCP is proposing zoning map amendment and zoning text amendments that would apply a new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program (MIH) to portions of the proposed rezoning area where zoning changes are promoting new housing plus establish an Enhanced Commercial District and a Special Mixed Use District within the rezoning area. NYC HPD is proposing an amendment to the Dinsmore-Chestnut Urban Renewal Plan to conform land use restrictions to zoning, to refresh the urban renewal plan's general provisions, and to allow disposition of the urban renewal sites in accordance with the urban renewal plan. The analysis year for the environmental review is 2030.

A public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be held at a later date to be announced. Advance notice will be given of the time and place of the hearing.

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: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


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