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ENB - Region 2 Notices 3/2/2016

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed American Museum of Natural History Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation Project 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 by the contact listed below until 5:00 p.m. April 20, 2016. A public scoping session will be held on April 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the American Museum of Natural History, LeFrak Theater, enter at Weston Pavilion entrance, Columbus Avenue and West 79th Street, New York, New York 10024. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work, Environmental Assessment Statement and Positive Declaration are available for public inspection at NYC DPR, The Arsenal in Central Park, and at St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue, and can be obtained on-line at: or from the contact person listed at the end of this notice.

The action involves the development of the Gilder Center, a five story, approximately 180,000 gross square foot addition on the west side of the Museum complex, which is located on the superblock bounded by West 81st Street, West 77th Street, Central Park West, and Columbus Avenue, in Theodore Roosevelt Park, City-owned parkland under the jurisdiction of NYC DPR. The proposed project would also include approximately 38,000 gross square foot of renovations to existing space (for a total of 218,000 gross square foot of new construction and renovation) and alterations to an approximately 31,100 square foot adjacent area of Theodore Roosevelt Park. The proposed project would integrate the Museum's scientific research, collections, and exhibitions with its educational programming, and would also upgrade and revitalize the Museum's facilities to address critical needs. Functionally, the proposed project would improve the connectivity, spatial logic, and function of the Museum's interior spaces and service areas. The Gilder Center would largely be set within the area currently occupied by the Museum; three existing buildings within the Museum complex would be removed to minimize the footprint on land that is now open space in Theodore Roosevelt Park, to about 11,600 square feet at grade. In the adjacent area of Theodore Roosevelt Park, paths, trees and other landscaping would be modified, removed or relocated to accommodate the proposed project. The project is located , 200 Central Park West in Community District 7 of New York City, New York.

Contact: Owen Wells, NYC DPR, The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 401, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 360-3492, Fax: (212) 360-3453, E-mail:

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