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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/5/2016

Public Notice

Declaration of Abandonment
Arthur Kill Correctional Facility
2911 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island

Pursuant to Section 30-a of the Public Lands Law the following described real property is declared to be surplus and no longer useful or necessary to the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and is hereby abandoned to the Office of General Services for sale or other disposition as Unappropriated State Land.

ALL that piece or parcel of land appropriated by the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene on November 11, 1967, as shown on a map entitled, "Arthur Kill Site, State of New York, Department of Mental Hygiene, Richmond County, Map No.1, Parcel Nos. 1 & 2," and transferred to the New York State Department of Correctional Services by Order dated May 5, 1976, Said parcel containing 81.6 Acres, more or less.

This abandonment shall be effective as of the date of approval of this declaration by the New York State Commissioner of General Services or her duly authorized representative.

Contact: Frank Pallante, New York State Office of General Services, Legal Services, Corning Tower 41st Floor, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242, Phone: (518) 473-7106.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Pfizer Sites Rezoning 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 until November 21, 2016. A public scoping session will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Spector Hall at 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, New York 10271, Olga Abinader, Deputy Director (212) 720-3493; or from the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10007, Hilary Semel (212) 676-3273. The Draft Scope of Work and scoping protocol will also be made available for download at www.nyc.gov/planning.

The project involves a proposal by the applicant, Harrison Realty LLC, for a Zoning Map Amendment and Zoning Text Amendment to facilitate the construction of a mixed-use, 1,094,526 gross square foot commercial and residential development on two blocks in the South Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Community District 1, New York. The affected area is comprised of two trapezoidal-shaped blocks, including: (1) the 71,322 square foot "Northern Block" (Block 2249, Lots 23, 37, 41 and 122); (2) the 111,044 square foot "Southern Block" (Block 2265, Lot 14); and (3) the 8,851 square foot southern segment of Walton Street bounding the Northern Block. This portion of Walton Street was demapped as part of a previous action, but remains City owned and open as a public street. The affected area is generally bounded by Walton Street to the North, Harrison Avenue to the East, Gerry Street to the South, and Marcy Avenue and Union Avenue to the West.

The Proposed Actions include:

  1. A Zoning Map Amendment to rezone the affected area, currently zoned M3-1, to R7A/C2-4, R7D/C2-4 and R8A/C2-4. The proposed Zoning Map Amendment would be extended to the centerline of adjoining streets, including the demapped portion of Walton Street bounding the Northern Block. The proposed zoning districts would be mapped as follows:
    1. An R7A/C2-4 district would be mapped on the portion of the affected area within 100 feet of Harrison Avenue (part of Block 2265, Lot 14; parts of Block 2249, Lots 37 and 41).
    2. An R7D/C2-4 district would be mapped on the portion more than 100 feet from Harrison Avenue, extending 335 feet from Harrison Avenue on the Southern Block (part of Block 2265, Lot 14) and 220 feet from Harrison Avenue on the Northern Block (parts of Block 2249, Lots 37 and 41).
    3. An R8A/C2-4 district would be mapped for the remaining portion of the blocks, adjacent to Union Street, beyond 335 feet from Harrison Avenue on the Southern Block (part of Block 2265, Lot 14) and beyond 220 feet from Harrison Avenue on the Northern Block (parts of Block 2249, Lots 23, 41 and 122).
  2. A Zoning Text Amendment to Appendix F (Inclusionary Housing) to establish a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Area (MIHA), coterminous with the rezoning area. In accordance with the MIH program, both Option 1 and Option 2 would be available to all affected sites. MIH Option 1 requires at least 25% of residential units for households with incomes averaging 60% Area Median Income (AMI), including 10% of residential units intended for households with incomes averaging 40% AMI; and MIH Option 2 requires at least 30% of residential units for households with incomes averaging 80% AMI.

In addition, the project approvals would include a Restrictive Declaration to require that the Project Site be developed with 26,000 square foot of publicly-accessible open space, to be provided as two 13,000 square foot open space corridors on the mid-block of both the Northern and Southern Blocks. Specific elements of the Restrictive Declaration regarding programming and phasing of the required open space are unknown at this time.

Collectively, the Proposed Actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop the Project Site with eight buildings consisting of 1,146 dwelling units (at least 287 or 25% would be affordable at 60% AMI pursuant to MIH Option 1), 64,807 gross square foot of local retail, and 405 accessory parking spaces. The proposed development would include 1,094,526 zoning square foot. The proposed development would reach a maximum height of 140 feet in the R8A portion of the Project Site. The proposed development would also include the required 26,000 square foot open space in one 13,000 square foot midblock corridor on each block.

The affected area is currently zoned M3-1, which allows for heavy manufacturing and certain commercial uses up to 2.0 Floor Area Ratio (FAR). New residential and community facility uses are not permitted in M3-1 districts. The proposed R7A/C2-4, R7D/C2-4 and R8A/C2-4 zoning districts allow new residential and community facility uses to be developed. The proposed R7A district would permit residential uses up to 4.6 FAR (with inclusionary housing provided pursuant to the MIH program) and community facility uses up to 4.0 FAR, with a maximum height of 95 feet. The proposed R7D district would permit residential uses up to 5.6 FAR and community facility uses up to 4.2 FAR, with a maximum height of 115 feet. The proposed R8A district would permit residential uses up to 7.2 FAR and community facility uses up to 6.5 FAR, with a maximum height of 145 feet. The proposed C2-4 commercial overlay, which would be mapped over the entire affected area, would allow a range of commercial uses at a maximum FAR of 2.0. Permitted commercial uses include Use Groups 5-9 and 14, which allow local retail uses, grocery stores and local repair services.

Currently, the Northern and Southern Blocks are used for temporary parking and vehicular storage. The demapped segment of Walton Street between Harrison Avenue and Union Avenue is City-owned and remains open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Absent the Proposed Actions, it is expected that the affected area would remain in the existing condition.

For the purposes of presenting a conservative analysis, the Future With-Action scenario reflects the maximum allowable floor area and building height under the Proposed Actions, and therefore differs from the applicant's proposed project. The Future With-Action scenario assumes a building program on the Northern and Southern Blocks comprised of 1,147 dwelling units (343 of which would be affordable at 30% AMI, pursuant to MIH Option 2), 64,807 gross square foot of retail, and 427 accessory parking spaces. The Future With‐Action scenario would be 909 zoning square foot larger than the applicant's proposed development, including a total of 1,340,137 gross square foot of building area (1,095,435 zoning square foot), a built FAR of 6.0. The Future With-Action scenario would reach the maximum permitted height of 145 feet (14 stories). The demapped segment of Walton Street is not anticipated to be developed as a result of the Proposed Actions. The 8,851 sf portion of Walton Street remains City-owned, and the City has indicated that there is no intention to dispose of the site for development. Therefore, the demapped segment of Walton Street will continue to function as the eastbound portion of the public street, open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The analysis year for the Proposed Actions is 2019.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY10271, Phone: (212) 720-3493, E-mail: oabinad@planing.nyc.gov.


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