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ENB - Region 2 Notices 9/21/2016

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Ebenezer Plaza Owner LLC for a site known as Ebenezer Plaza 1, site ID #C224240. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 94 New Lots Avenue. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than October 21, 2016. A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at: Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek Branch, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn; the Brooklyn Public Library, East Flatbush Branch, 9612 Church Avenue; and the Brooklyn Community Board 16, 444 Thomas Boyland Street, Room 103, Brooklyn. 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: Robert Filkins, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway,12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9612, E-mail: robert.filkins@dec.ny.gov.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Ebenezer Plaza Owner LLC for a site known as Ebenezer Plaza 2, site ID #C224241. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 68-78 New Lots Avenue. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than October 21, 2016. A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at: Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek Branch, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn; the Brooklyn Public Library, East Flatbush Branch, 9612 Church Avenue; and Brooklyn Community Board 16, 444 Thomas Boyland Street, Room 103, Brooklyn. 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: Robert Filkins, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway,12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9612, E-mail: robert.filkins@dec.ny.gov.

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Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed South Avenue Retail Development 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 October 7, 2016. A public scoping session will be held on September 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at 970 Richmond Avenue, 121 Precinct Muster Room, Staten Island, NY 10314. The draft scope is available from the New York City Department of City Planning, Robert Dobruskin, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271 and online at: www.nyc.gov/planning.

The action involves a request by the applicant, Josif A LLC, for a special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-922 to allow retail establishments with Use Group (UG) 6 and UG 10A uses in excess of 10,000 zoning square feet in an M1-1 district. The applicant is also requesting an amendment to the City Map to demap portions of Garrick Street, Amador Street, Albany Avenue, and Morrow Street (unbuilt streets) as well as to map a new section of Morrow Street and realign the intersection of Morrow Street and Forest Avenue. The development site for the proposed project is located at 534 South Avenue in the Mariners Harbor neighborhood of Staten Island Community District 1, New York. The 28.3 acre project site is located in a M1-1 zoning district and is bounded by Forest Avenue and Wemple Street (which is mapped but not built) to the north, South Avenue to the east, Amador Street (which is mapped but not built) to the south, and Morrow Street (which is partially built and partially unbuilt) to the west.

In addition to the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) actions, a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) freshwater wetlands permit is required for the proposed project. The project, as proposed, avoids all regulated jurisdictional waters and wetlands of the U.S. within the development site and does not require a United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Section 10 or 404 permit.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271; Phone: (212)720-3423; Fax: (212)720-3488, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Riverside Galleria 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 October 17, 2016. A public scoping session will be held on October 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Woodrow United Methodist Church at 1075 Woodrow Road, Staten Island, NY 10312. The draft scope is available from the New York City Department of City Planning, Robert Dobruskin, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271 and online at: www.nyc.gov/planning.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, WF Liberty LLC, for the redevelopment of 13.05 acres of a 32.89 acre property (Project Site), which is located along the Arthur Kill waterfront in western Staten Island. The Proposed Development would result in a 589,619 gross square foot mixed-use commercial center comprised of destination and smaller scale retail, supermarket, restaurant, cinema, and small office use, as well as 1,730 required and accessory parking spaces, with public waterfront open space, and signage. Additionally, the Proposed Development would contain street and infrastructure improvements including the opening of Richmond Valley Road west of Arthur Kill Road and the addition of right turn lanes into the Project Site along Arthur Kill Road.

The Proposed Development is comprised of a Project Site that includes Block 7620, Lot 1 and Block 7632, Lots 1, 6, 50, 150, 151, and a Development Site that includes the proposed Project Site as well as the proposed improvements to Richmond Valley Road, which involves small portions of two additional lots that are part of Block 7983, Lots 110 and 100. The Proposed Development would occur in Community District 3 of Staten Island, New York. The Project Site is mostly zoned M1-1, which allows light manufacturing and warehouse uses; a small portion of the southerly portion of the Project Site is zoned M3-1.

To develop the Proposed Development, multiple approvals are required from the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) and the NYCPC Chair that, if issued, would frame and establish the proposed site plan and thereby limit the site plan and programming of the Proposed Development. The Zoning Resolution (ZR) approvals that would shape the Proposed Development include the following:

Two Special Permits:

  • Special Permit pursuant to ZR 74-922 to allow large scale retail establishments in M1 districts with no limitation on floor area per establishment. The design of the Proposed Development requires a Special Permit from NYCPC to authorize a supermarket larger than 10,000 sf. All other proposed retail gross square foot would be divided into individual spaces that are either less than 10,000 square foot in size or are allowed as-of-right to be greater than 10,000 square foot.
  • Special Permit pursuant to ZR 62-836, to allow bulk modification on waterfront blocks to modify the requirements of ZR 62-341(b)(3) and ZR 62-332. The design of the Proposed Development will require a Special Permit from NYCPC to:
    • Modify requirements limiting height to 30 feet for commercial uses in lower density districts (M1-1).
    • Modify requirements regarding waterfront yards which would establish a minimum rear yard for the proposed development as measured from the property line adjoining the separately owned and developed Block 7626, Lots 100 and 10.

Five Authorizations:

  • Authorization pursuant to ZR 62-822(a) to allow modification of location area and dimensional requirements of waterfront public access areas and visual corridors.
  • Authorization pursuant to ZR 62-822(b) to allow modification of design requirements of ZR 62-60 within waterfront public access areas.
  • Authorization pursuant to ZR 107-64 to waive the requirements of ZR 107-32 (tree removal).
  • Authorization pursuant to ZR 107-65 to modify the requirements of ZR 107-31 (topography).
  • Authorization pursuant to ZR 107-68 to permit more than 30 accessory off-street parking spaces and modify the requirements of ZR 107-251(a).

One Certification:

  • Certification pursuant to ZR 62-811 to certify compliance with the requirements of waterfront access and visual corridors. This certification would allow NYCPC to establish a site plan that requires access along the waterfront and establishes the protection of view corridors.

The Applicant will also seek the following Chair Certifications and Authorization regarding cross access requirements:

  • Chair Certification pursuant to ZR 36-592 to certify that cross access requirements are being met.
  • Chair Certification pursuant to ZR 36-596 to certify that no connection is required due to site constraints.
  • Authorization pursuant to ZR 36-597 for a waiver or modification of cross access connections.

Separate and apart from NYCPC discretionary actions, the Proposed Development requires a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ( NYS DEC) tidal wetland permit and an United State Army Corp of Engineers (US ACE) Individual Permit for discharge of fill material into Waters of the United State (wetlands) for commercial development. As a result of this permit, the Proposed Development would create approximately 2.4 acres of freshwater wetland within the land preservation area that is proposed on the northern portion of the site. New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), and New York City Fire Department (FDNY) approvals are also required for the design of street improvements including the mapped right-of-way of Richmond Valley Road and Arthur Kill Road and for any infrastructure improvements within the City street and proposed drainage improvements.

The goals of the Applicant are to: redevelop this underutilized waterfront property for the purposes of generating income, while providing site redevelopment and economic benefits for western Staten Island; create substantial new publicly accessible waterfront open space on the Project Site where none currently exists; improve Richmond Valley Road and open it to the waterfront; provide ecological enhancement and restoration at the site with the potential for educational opportunities; and preserve the historic and cultural features of the Project Site (e.g., the Cole House) for adaptive reuse.

The analysis year for this proposal is 2019.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271; Phone: (212)720-3423; Fax: (212)720-3488, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


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