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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/4/2016

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 70 Vestry will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Bridge Land Vestry, LLC, is seeking a Special Permit pursuant to Section 13-45 "Special Permits for Additional Parking Spaces" and 13-451 "Additional Parking Spaces for Residential Growth" of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR). The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to provide a 42 space automated accessory parking garage within the cellar and sub-cellar levels of a 13 story, approximately 222,185 gross square foot mixed use building undergoing construction at 70 Vestry Street, the project site. The project site is located in Sub-district Areas A4 and A5 of the Special Tribeca Mixed Use District (TMU) within the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 1, New York. The majority portion of the project site is zoned C6-3A and is located within Sub-district Area A4 of the TMU. The remaining portion of the project site is zoned C6-2A and is located in Sub-district Area A5 of the TMU.

Currently, construction of a 13 story mixed use, 222,185 gross square foot building is ongoing at the project site in connection with New York City Department of Building (NYC DOB) approved plans. Development on the project site is expected to include approximately 47 dwelling units (186,358 gross square foot) within the building's upper floors and approximately 829 gross square foot of commercial space, 19,400 gross square foot of residential amenities and 4,250 gross square foot of parking access uses on the ground floor. Additionally, 9 accessory parking spaces (3,901 gross square foot) and 9,809 gross square foot of storage uses would occupy the building's cellar and subcellar levels. An automated parking and storage system would be installed at the cellar and subcellar levels of the building, per the NYC DOB approved plans. Five curb cuts (two along Desbrosses Street and three along Vestry Street) currently provide vehicular access to the project site. These curb cuts once served buildings that have been demolished, and are expected to be eliminated and replaced with two new 15 foot wide curb cuts along Debrosses and Vestry Streets, consistent with NYS DOB approved plans.

A maximum of 9 accessory residential parking spaces are currently permitted at the project site per the "Manhattan Core" parking regulations outlined in Article I, Section 3 of the Zoning Resolution. The proposed Special Permit pursuant to ZR Sections 13-45 and 13-451 would allow the maximum number of parking spaces at the project site to increase from 9 to 42 spaces. The 42 parking spaces would be distributed within a 13,710 gross square foot area within the building's cellar and sub-cellar levels, effectively replacing 9,809 gross square foot of storage uses with parking. Vehicular access to the proposed garage would take place via two proposed curb cuts to be provided along Vestry Street and Desbrosses Street.

Absent the proposed action, the development on the project site would be consistent with the NYC DOB approved plans and Manhattan Core parking requirements, and 9 accessory parking spaces (3,901 gross square foot) and 9,809 gross square foot of storage would occupy the cellar and sub cellar levels of the development at the project site.

The analysis year for the proposed action is 2018.

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.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 102-05 Ditmars Boulevard Parking Garage . The Draft EIS is available from the New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor New York, NY 10007 and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/env-review/ditmars-blvd.page.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, LGA Parking, LLC, proposes to construct a new approximately 2,200 space parking garage structure at 102-05 Ditmars Boulevard in the East Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens Community District 3, New York. The proposed garage would contain three components: 420 parking spaces accessory to the Marriott hotel (also located on the project site), 1,775 parking spaces available to the public, intended for air travelers from LaGuardia Airport in need of long-term parking, and approximately 600 square feet of ground-level retail space along Ditmars Boulevard (proposed project). The project site is located predominantly in a C4-2 commercial zoning district with a small portion located in a R3X residential district and contains an existing 10 story transient hotel with 410 total parking spaces on-site between the existing three level (including roof parking) parking garage and a surface parking lot.

The Draft EIS identified significant adverse traffic impacts at two intersections during the morning peak hour. The impacted traffic movements are the Westbound left turn movement at Ditmars Boulevard and 94th Street and the Northbound approach at Ditmars Boulevard/111th Street and Astoria Boulevard. Standard New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) traffic improvement measures were identified to fully mitigate the two potential significant adverse traffic impacts resulting from the proposed project.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3321, Email: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.




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