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ENB - Region 2 Notices 4/27/2016

Public Notice

Notice of Public Comment Period

Project Title: 2016 Gowanus Canal Dredging Modification to Order on Consent between the City of New York (NYC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), DEC Case # CO2-20110512-25, a.k.a. NYC CSO Order.

Counties: New York (Manhattan), Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn), Bronx and Queens

Lead Agency: NYS DEC, Division of Water, Albany

Brief Description:

The NYC CSO Order was executed between the NYS DEC and the NYC DEP in 2005 and was modified in 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2015. The NYC CSO Order includes various milestones and projects associated with abatement of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) within New York City. Based on additional analyses, the parties identified changes to the NYC CSO Order. Pursuant to Paragraphs XVI.A and D.3 of the 2005 CSO Order, NYS DEC is required to publicly notice "[i]n the event of a substantive and significant modification to the construction compliance schedules provided for in this Order." The 2016 Gowanus Canal Dredging Modification to the NYC CSO Order consists of deletion of the following Appendix A milestones:

Consent Order, Appendix A Current Milestone Date New Milestone Date
III.H. Dredging of Gowanus Canal, 2. Notice to Proceed to Dredging 3 years + effective date of DEC and ACOE permits Deleted
III.H. Dredging of Gowanus Canal, 3. Complete Dredging 5 years + effective date of DEC and ACOE permits Deleted

In July 2009, NYS DEC approved the August 2008 Gowanus Canal Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan (WWFP). The WWFP included a project to dredge approximately 9700 cubic yards of CSO sediments at the headend of the Gowanus Canal north of Sackett Street. In December 2009, New York State requested that the Gowanus Canal be added to the United State Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Superfund National Priorities List (NPL), and in March 2010, the US EPA added the waterbody to the NPL. Subsequent site investigations completed since 2010 have determined that the CSO sediments at the headend of the Canal are significantly contaminated with substances associated with the Superfund designation. The proposed Superfund remedial action for the Canal will entail the removal of the CSO sediments, as well as additional sediments, therefore, removal of the CSO sediments under the NYC CSO Order would be duplicative of the planned remedial action for the site. In addition, the US EPA has requested that NYS DEC not pursue the sediment dredging under the NYC CSO Order and allow the dredging to occur under the remedial action.

Document Availability: Hard copies of the 2005 CSO Order and approved modifications as well as sediment sampling results are available for public review at the following offices of the NYS DEC and NYC DEP:

NYS DEC - Division of Water
Office of the Director of the Bureau of Water Compliance
625 Broadway, 4th Floor,
Albany, NY 12233-3506.

NYS DEC - Region 2 Office
Attention: Robert Elburn
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101.

NYC DEP - Bureau of Legal Affairs
Attention: Julia Bourdier
59-17 Junction Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11373
Phone: (718) 595-6555.

Public Comment Period: The comment period commences on April 27, 2016 and concludes on May 27, 2016. Comments maybe submitted to the contact listed below.

Comments and Questions regarding the 2015 Jamaica/Flushing LTCP Modifications can be directed to: Gary Kline, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506, Phone: (518) 402-9655, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail:gary.kline@dec.ny.gov


Negative Declaration

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Sanitation (NYC DOS) as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Staten Island Compost Facility Infrastructure and Operational Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed project will improve fire safety at the Staten Island Compost Facility by adding a water main and hydrants and adding perimeter lighting. The expanded stormwater basin and partial regrading of the existing asphalt milling composting pad will improve drainage, eliminate ponding, and improve the quality of stormwater runoff. The addition of a 15 foot wide asphalt perimeter access road will replace an existing surface of compacted asphalt millings and crushed stone. Landscaping including vegetated swales and the creation of three biofilter basins will improve stormwater quality while enhancing the site's appearance. New internal access drives from the West Service Road of the West Shore Expressway will be installed over compacted asphalt millings and will help counter soil erosion. The project is located at 450 West Service Road in Staten Island, New York.

Contact: Abas Braimah, 125 Worth Street, Room 708, New York, NY 10013, Phone: (645 885-4993, E-mail: abraimah@dsny.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Lambert Houses Redevelopment. The Draft EIS is available on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/developers/environmental-review.page.

The action involves an application by NYC HPD and Phipps Houses for approval of several discretionary actions intended to redevelop Lambert Houses, an existing residential and commercial development occupying approximately 12 acres in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. By the 2029 build year, the proposed actions would result in the redevelopment of the project area with a total of approximately 1,665 units of affordable housing (an increment of approximately 934 over the existing condition), approximately 61,100 square feet of retail space (an increment of 21,610 square feet over the existing condition), and a new 500 seat elementary school. The project is located generally along Boston Road between East Tremont Avenue and East 180th Street in the Bronx, New York.

Contact: Aaron Werner, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 7A-4, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5953, E-mail: wernera@hpd.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York State Urban Development Corporation dba Empire State Development (ESD), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Fountain Avenue Land Use Improvement and Residential Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on May 24, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Sports Club, 1540 Van Siclen Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until June 23, 2016. The Draft EIS is available from ESD Offices, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017; the Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue at New Jersey Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207 and on line at: http://esd.ny.gov/Subsidiaries_Projects.html.

The action involves the design, development, construction and operation of approximately: 972,787 square feet of residential space totaling approximately 1,169 units of housing for households earning up to 60% area median income (AMI) which includes approximately: 200 senior units as well as supportive housing units for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; 105,460 square feet of retail, commercial or community facility space; and 170,594 square feet of parking. The Project Site is Block 4586, Lot 500 (Parcel A) and Lot 200 (Parcel B) located at the former Brooklyn Developmental Center with an address of 888 Fountain Avenue, in the Spring Creek neighborhood of the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York. Parcel A contains a total of 2 acres and is located on the southeast corner of Seaview Avenue and Erskine Street. Parcel B contains a total of 4.7 acres and is located along the south block-front of Vandalia Avenue between Erskine Street and Fountain Avenue. The Project will include a new privately-owned publicly accessible open space called Schroeders Walk which will be a pedestrianized extension of Schroeders Avenue through the site.

Contact: Rachel Shatz, ESD, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Phone: (212) 803-3252, E-mail: rachel.shatz@esd.ny.gov.


Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Citywide Ferry Service. Public hearings on the Draft EIS will be held at the following times and locations:

Date: May 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: New York City Economic Development Corporation
110 William Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038.

Date: May 23, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11424

Date: May 24, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Francis College
Founders Hall
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Date: May 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: P.S. 47
1794 East 172nd Street
Bronx, NY 10472

Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until June 5, 2016. The Draft EIS is available on line at: www.nyc.gov/oec and www.nycedc.com.

The action involves a proposal by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) to implement a Citywide Ferry Service (CFS) that would provide an affordable and convenient transit option to residents in otherwise transit-isolated neighborhoods. The proposed CFS would expand on the existing East River Ferry (ERF), a privately operated commuter and recreational transit service paid for and managed by the City of New York and NYC EDC. In support of the City's long-standing goal of expanding ferry service as a resource for commuters and recreational users, the Citywide Ferry Service would introduce five new ferry routes. The proposed expanded ferry service would provide numerous benefits to the city, including linking isolated areas to established business districts, supporting commercial and residential development in emerging waterfront areas, easing congestion on other transit systems, and providing a resilient transit alternative that would support the goal of strengthening the city's infrastructure to handle future storm and flooding events. In addition, the proposed CFS would provide additional service for recreational ferry users to waterfront parks and open spaces thereby supporting expanded visitation of parks and open spaces and the citywide effort to increase recreational activity on the waterfront. The project is located throughout New York City, New York.

Contact: Denise Pisani, New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability, 253 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 676-3290, E-mail: dpisani@cityhall.nyc.gov.


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