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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/28/2016

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 10 Greene Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the Applicant, 10 Greene LLC, for a Special Permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711 (Landmark preservation in all districts) to modify the use regulations of Section 42-10 and Section 42-14(D) (Manufacturing District - Uses permitted as-of-right). The Proposed Action would facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to reoccupy an existing 14,965 gross square foot five story building located at 10 Greene Street with 13,777 gross square foot of residential use (Use Group 2) on the 2nd through 5th floor and proposed 1 story penthouse addition, totaling 4 dwelling units, and 3,177 gross square foot of retail use (Use Group 6) on the ground floor. The Project Site is located in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 2. The Project Site is in an M1-5B zoning district within the SoHo Cast-Iron Historic District.

In conjunction with the Proposed Action, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) issued a Certificate of Appropriateness and Modification of Use on March 4, 2016 approving the building enlargement and modification of use. Upon approval of the Special Permit, the applicant will record a Restrictive Declaration with NYC LPC requiring the owner and any successor in interest to provide for the continuing maintenance of the proposed building, resulting in its preservation.

The building at the project site, which is currently vacant, measures 14,965 gross square foot and reaches a height of 82 feet 1 inch (five stories). Formerly, the building at the project site was occupied by manufacturing and commercial uses. The project site is located within the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District, which is characterized by loft-style buildings typically built to a height of five to twelve stories, covering the entire lot width with a cast-iron façade. The underlying M1-5B zoning permits commercial and manufacturing uses (Use Groups 4-14, 16 and 17) but does not permit residential uses (Use Group 2). Use Group 6 commercial uses are also not permitted below the second story of a building. A maximum FAR of 5.0 is permitted, building heights cannot penetrate the sky exposure (85 feet), and a minimum of 20 feet is required for rear yards. There are no parking requirements.

The proposed action would allow 13,771 gross square foot of residential uses (Use Group 2) on the existing 2nd through 5th floor plus penthouse addition, up to 11 dwelling units, and 3,177 gross square foot of retail use (Use Group 6) on the ground floor of the building. Approximately 618 gross square foot of space would be set aside for the lobby (residential) and cellar space would be used as ancillary residential and commercial space. The building would contain a total floor area of 16,948 (4.86 FAR), while rising to a height of 106 feet with the proposed penthouse addition, allowed on an as-of-right basis. Absent the proposed action, the project site is expected to remain unchanged from the existing conditions. The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2018.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: o_abinad@planning.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 19 East 70th Street Special Permit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, NY 70th St, LLC, for a Special Permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711 affecting 19 East 70th Street on Block 1385, Lot 15 (Project Site) located within the Upper East Side Historic District and Special Madison Avenue Preservation District in Manhattan, Community District 8, New York. The proposed Special Permit would waive regulations relating to (1) minimum inner court dimension and minimum inner court area (ZR 23-851); (2) the minimum distance between legally required windows and walls or lot lines (ZR 23-86); and (3) maximum permitted height for a narrow building (ZR 23-692). The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to increase the floor area and bulk of an existing building currently undergoing renovations pursuant to New York City Department of Building (NYC DOB) approved plans from 21,326 gross square feet to 22,839 gross square feet (Proposed Project). The as-of-right renovation of the project site, which is developed with an existing six-story townhouse that rises to 100 feet (including the bulk head), would include façade repairs and occupation of the structure with a single-family residential use. The proposed project includes interior renovations to repurpose a non-complying air shaft that will create new floor space on the eastern side of the project site between the second floor and the penthouse level.

The building at the project site was designated as a New York City Landmark (NYCL). The proposal is subject to New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) review and approvals, and requires the implementation of a Continuing Maintenance Plan. NYC LPC has issued a design approval Certificate of Appropriateness (issued September 11, 2015) and a Certificate of No Effect (issued May 16, 2014) for the proposed project, and as a part of the project approvals, a Restrictive Declaration would be assigned to the project site to ensure development consistent with the NYC LPC approvals and the implementation of the Continuing Maintenance Plan.

Currently, the project site contains a 19,694 gross square feet, six-story, vacant townhouse building with a built FAR of 5.09. The underlying C5-1 zoning district currently mapped on the project site allows a maximum FAR of 10.0 for residential and community facility uses and 4.0 for commercial uses. The current building at the project site predates the existing zoning regulations and contains above-grade features that do not conform to the zoning requirements for residential use. Present zoning, under ZR 23-86, requires that the rear windows of the project site meet a 30 foot minimum distance from the lot line. The open area at the rear of the project site, considered the "inner court," must have a 30 foot minimum distance from the lot line or at least a 1,200 square foot area under ZR 23-851. The building at the site, pursuant to ZR 23-692, is currently above the maximum permitted building height for narrow buildings which is 60 feet.

At present, renovations are ongoing pursuant to New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) approved plans to utilize the building as a single-family home (UG 2 residential). The as-of-right NYC DOB approved renovations include adjustments to the interior of the building to create level floors, the removal of a partial mezzanine, and below grade excavations to expand subcellar level 1 and create a new subcellar level 2. The building also contains above-grade features that do not conform to the zoning requirements, but under the current NYC DOB approved plans, if there is no increase in non-compliance, the as-of-right structure is permitted with limited modifications. The NYC DOB plans include work that would setback the building's rear façade to allow for a vertical enlargement (a penthouse) that is a minimum distance of 40 feet from the lot line. The total gross square footage of the building at the project site per the NYC DOB approved plans is expected to increase to 21,326 gross square feet.

The proposed action would waive the underlying ZR 23-86, ZR 23-851, and ZR 23-692 zoning regulations to facilitate the applicant's above-grade modifications. Currently, the site's rear windows are ten feet from the rear lot line on the cellar and first floors and about 13 to 21 feet from the rear lot line on the upper floors, which is less than the minimum 30 foot distance required under ZR 23-86. The proposal to fill in the air shaft would create new gross floor area (approximately 1,500 gross square feet) for the building at the project site and eliminate the non-complying inner court requirements, pursuant to ZR 23-851, but would locate new floor area above the maximum permitted building height of 60 feet pursuant to ZR 23-692. The Special Permit would waive these requirements to facilitate the proposed project.

Absent the proposed action and under the existing C5-1 zoning district and zoning requirements, the building at the project site would continue to be developed into a 21,326 gross square feet single-family residence pursuant to the previously approved NYC DOB.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2019.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning; 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271-3100, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bedford Union Armory 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 until February 10, 2017. A public scoping session will be held on January 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell M.S. 061, 400 Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11225.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation, in coordination with Bedford Courts LLC, is seeking a series of discretionary approvals to facilitate the redevelopment of the historic Bedford Union Armory located at 1555 Bedford Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York into an approximately 542,393 gross square feet three building mixed-use development. Specifically, the redevelopment would result in approximately 390 residential dwelling units (DUs), including approximately 177 affordable DUs; up to 48,997 gross square feet of office space; up to 18,122 gross square feet of academic space; approximately 72,252 gross square feet of community facility space; and a minimum of 118 parking spaces. Should the 18,122 gross square feet of academic space be determined infeasible, 25 additional DUs (including 14 affordable DUs) would be incorporated into the Proposed Development in lieu of the 18,122 gross square feet of academic space.

The Applicant is seeking discretionary approvals including the disposition of City-owned property, zoning map and text amendments, and special permits to facilitate the Proposed Development. The analysis build year for this project is 2020.

Contact: Esther Brunner, New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 6763203, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov.


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