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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/21/2015

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Flushing West Rezoning Proposal 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 until December 2, 2015. A public scoping session will be held on November 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Queens, New York 11354. The Draft Scope is available from the NYC DCP, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007 or on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/env_review/scope.shtml.

The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) for a zoning map amendment and zoning text amendments affecting an approximately 11 block area in the western portion of Downtown Flushing in Queens, Community District 7.

The proposed actions are anticipated to facilitate new residential, community facility, and commercial retail development by 2025, the analysis year for environmental review purposes. The reasonable worst case development scenario (RWCDS) for the proposed actions identifies 13 projected development sites. On these sites, the proposed actions are expected to result in a net increase of 938 dwelling units (including 516 or 619 affordable dwelling units), 91,356 square feet of community facility space, 77,812 square feet of commercial retail, and 10,247 square feet of hotel space; and net decreases of 28,970 square feet of industrial space and 114,944 square feet of commercial office space.

The land use objectives of the Proposed Actions are to: a) facilitate a community-based planning process to support policy changes that will shape a more livable neighborhood; b) create opportunities for requiring permanently affordable housing and preserve existing affordability to ensure that the neighborhood continues to serve diverse housing needs; c) encourage walkability by extending the vibrant downtown area to the waterfront, and create opportunities for new open space; d) support the existing and growing immigrant and small business culture by providing economic opportunities; and, e) align investments in infrastructure and services to support current demands and future growth.

The project is located in an 11 block area of Flushing, New York, generally bounded by Northern Boulevard, Prince Street, Roosevelt Avenue, College Point Boulevard, 40th Road, and Flushing Creek.

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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