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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/27/2016

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from 31/32 LIC LLC for a site known as the 31/32 LIC LLC site, ID #C241182. This site is located in the New York City borough of Queens, within the County of Queens, and is located at 37-29 31st Street. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than February 26, 2016. A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repository located at: Queens Library - Long Island City Branch, 37-44 21st Street, Long Island City. Information regarding the site and how to submit comments can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/60058.html or send comments to: Caroline Eigenbrodt, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Floor 12, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9575, E-mail: caroline.eigenbrodt@dec.ny.gov.

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Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Broadway-Sherman Avenue Rezoning (Sherman Plaza) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to construct an approximately 23 story, 415,587 gross square foot mixed-use residential and commercial building located at the Project Site. The proposed building would include approximately 334,819 gross square foot of mixed income residential use on floors 2 through 23 with approximately 335 dwelling units and a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 7.07. Approximately thirty percent of the residential floor area would be allocated as affordable for residents with incomes at eighty percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). The ground floor of the proposed building would contain 24,914 gross square foot of retail space, and an approximately 15,000 gross square foot community facility. An approximately 40,854 gross square foot, 159 space accessory parking facility would be located in the cellar level and would be accessed by a new curb cut located along Sherman Avenue.

Currently, the Project Site contains a two-story, 135,773 gross square foot building primarily used as a commercial parking garage with offices on the second floor and which contains 400 publicly accessible parking spaces and a commercial truck rental business. The Project Site is currently zoned R7-2, a zoning district that allows residential uses at a maximum FAR of 3.44 for Height Factor Buildings and 4.0 under the Quality Housing option. Height Factor regulations for R7 districts encourage lower apartment buildings on smaller zoning lots and, on larger lots, taller buildings with less lot coverage. As an alternative, the optional Quality Housing regulations allow lower building heights with greater lot coverage. When mapped in an R7-2 district, the C2-4 commercial overlay allows commercial uses at a FAR of 2.0. Community facility uses are allowed at a maximum of 6.5 FAR.

For the purpose of a conservative analysis, the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) considered a future development scenario that differs from the Applicant's proposed project and maximizes the total FAR allowed by the R9/C2-4 rezoning under the provisions of the proposed Zoning for Quality and Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing zoning text amendments. The analysis considered a 27 story, 540,635 gross square foot mixed-use building with approximately 404,140 gross square foot of residential uses and 475 units (142 affordable), 54,673 gross square foot of community facility uses, 40,968 gross square foot of retail uses and an approximately 40,854 gross square foot, 174 space cellar level accessory parking facility.

Absent the Proposed Action, the Project Site would be developed with a 10 story, approximately 292,249 gross square foot mixed-use building pursuant to the existing R7-2 zoning regulations. The building would include approximately 172,066 gross square foot of residential uses (202 market rate dwelling units), 40,968 gross square foot of commercial uses, an approximately 51,915 gross square foot, community facility and a 27,300 gross square foot below-grade parking garage containing 122 spaces.

The analysis year for the proposed project is 2018.

The project is located at 4650 Broadway in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 12, New York.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 30th Floor New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3321, E-mail: oabinad@planning.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC), the Alliance for Downtown New York (ADNY), and the New York City Department of City (NYC DCP) for a zoning text amendment to Section 91-80 (Public Access Areas) and Appendix A of the Special Lower Manhattan District, Section 37-625 (Design changes), and Section 37-73 (Kiosks and Open Air Cafes) of the New York City Zoning Resolution. The proposed action would facilitate the infill of existing arcades for retail use and the improvement of existing plazas by New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) certification and authorization in the Water Street commercial corridor in Community District 1, Manhattan. The directly affected area is comprised of portions of 13 blocks located in C6-9, C5-3, C5-5 and C6-4 zoning districts within the Special Lower Manhattan District (SLMD.) The directly affected area contains two designated New York City historic districts that are also listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places - the Fraunces Tavern Block Historic District and the Stone Street Historic District. The directly affected area is also contiguous to the State and National Register listed Wall Street Historic District and the New York City designated South Street Seaport Historic District.

The proposed text amendment would allow the elimination and infill of existing arcades for retail use and the improvement of existing plazas by NYCPC Chairperson certification and NYCPC authorization. The proposed zoning text amendment would also allow public events and programs and the placement of publicly-accessible tables and chairs within plazas and arcades on an as-of-right basis, and would continue to allow cafes within arcades by NYCPC Chairperson certification. Additionally, The Special Lower Manhattan District would be modified to eliminate the existing "Public Space Activation Area" and "Arcades Modification Area" to create a single, simplified, "Water Street Subdistrict." The provisions of the proposed zoning text amendment would apply to this area; an area generally bounded by Pearl Street and South William Street to the west, Fulton Street to the north, South Street to the east, and Whitehall Street to the south. The purpose of the text amendment is to improve the street's pedestrian experience, provide useful services and amenities for nearby residents and employees, and to improve the quality of the public spaces.

In order to achieve the goals of the text amendment specific actions of the text amendment include:

  • Creation of the Water Street Subdistrict: Map 8 of the Special Lower Manhattan District would be modified to eliminate the existing, "Public Space Activation Area," and, "Arcades Modification Area," to create a single, simplified, "Water Street Subdistrict." The provisions of Section 91-80 would apply to this new area.
  • Events and Publicly Accessible Tables and Chairs (Sections 91-81 and 91-82) Events that are open to the public would be permitted as-of-right within any plaza or arcade, subject to requirements relating to storage, pedestrian access, and operations (new Section 91-81). Publicly-accessible tables and chairs, shade umbrellas, and heat lamps will be allowed as-of-right pursuant to new Section 91-82; new Section 91-822 would set forth basic standards for seating, circulation, and storage.
  • Cafes within Existing Arcades (Section 91-821) The provisions for a NYCPC Chairperson certification to allow an outdoor café within an existing arcade (existing Section 91-81) would generally remain (as new Section 9-821), although the text and provisions will be revised for clarity.
  • Retail Infill of Arcades; Certification (Section 91-83), Authorization (Section 91-841), and Text Map (Map 9). The proposed zoning text will allow arcade infill by NYCPC Chairperson certification (new Section 91-83) and CPC authorization (new Section 91-841). As part of the proposed zoning text amendment, a new text map (Map 9) will be added to Appendix A of the Special Lower Manhattan District that will delineate which portions of the Water Street arcades may infill by certification (Area A), those that may infill by authorization (Area B), and those that would not be permitted to infill by either certification or authorization (Area C). The new building area within the arcade would be exempt from the definition of floor area, and the zoning text would state that the elimination and addition of building area within the arcade and would not reduce the amount of permitted floor area on the zoning lot.
  • Ground Floor Use and Design Requirements (Section 91-831) As part of a certification or authorization for arcade infill, the use and design requirements would need to be met. Infill that would be permitted by the zoning text amendment would extend for the full length, depth, and height of an arcade except where there is an existing parking or loading entrance. The uses permitted within an arcade infill would be those uses permitted by Section 91-12 for designated retail streets within the Special Lower.
  • Compensating Amenity (Sections 91-832, 91-833, 91-834, and 91-835) An upgrade to all existing plazas or urban plazas on a zoning lot would be required as a compensating amenity for arcade infill permitted by certification or authorization. Alternatively, options would be available for providing an indoor public space or other amenity that may be identified in new Section 91-835.

Currently, the Project Area contains building frontages set back from sidewalk as well as arcades that are too narrow or too wide and do not serve a useful pedestrian circulation function. Additionally, the Project Area contains a high concentration of plazas that are too large or too narrow, barren, and lack useful amenities.

To determine the effects of the Proposed Action, 20 projected development sites in the Project Area were analyzed. The projected development sites are anticipated to generate 167,357 gross square feet of retail space, approximately 26,967 gross square feet of office space, and approximately 2,016 gross square feet of residential space. No new dwelling units are anticipated to be generated. The Proposed Action would likely lead to a reduction of 105,411 square feet of total arcade space. However, although there is a quantitative loss, there would be a qualitative gain as the use and functionality of 190,800 square feet of plaza area would be improved with amenities such as seating and planting and activated with events, cultural programming, and temporary amenities.

Absent the proposed action, the Project Area would conform to the underlying zoning district and existing plaza and arcade regulations. The existing plaza regulations do not permit additional amenities (such as tables and chairs), kiosks and temporary outdoor structures in public plazas without a Chairperson certification. Arcades must remain free and clear of obstructions, except that outdoor cafes may be permitted by Chairperson certification. Additionally, given the overbuilt nature of the buildings within the Project Area, it is unlikely that any building could fully eliminate and infill an arcade using the existing certification (Section 33-124(a)) or special permit (Section 74-761) mechanisms available in the Zoning Resolution. The No-Action Condition would be identical to the existing conditions pursuant to the underlying zoning regulations.

The effects of the proposed action will first be felt in the summer of 2016 with public events and programming allowed within the Project Area. The full effects of the elimination and infill of existing arcades for retail use and improvements to the existing plazas within the Project Area are expected to be realized by 2026.

The project is located in an area generally bounded by Pearl Street and South William Street to the west, Fulton Street to the north, South Street to the east, and Whitehall Street to the south in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 30th Floor New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3321, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


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