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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/11/2017

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 242 West 53rd Street Parking Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The project involves the Applicant, Roseland Development Associates, seeking a Special Permit pursuant to 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 184 space automated accessory parking garage within the cellar and sub-cellar levels of a 62 story, approximately 553,630 gross square foot mixed use building undergoing construction at 242 West 53rd Street (project site).

A maximum of 85 accessory residential parking spaces (20% of new dwelling units) and 4 commercial parking spaces (1 space per 4,000 square foot of retail) are permitted per the "Manhattan Core" parking regulations outlined in Article I, Section 3 of the Zoning Resolution. According to filings with the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB), the garage, which is currently under construction, is constrained to a maximum of 86 conventional surface parking spaces. The proposed Special Permit pursuant to ZR Section 13-451 would allow the maximum number of parking spaces at the project site to increase from 86 to 184 spaces and would allow a shift in the classification of the spaces from accessory to public parking. The proposed increase in the number of spaces would be facilitated and accommodated by the inclusion of 46 double-height parking stackers alongside 92 conventional surface spaces. The attended parking spaces would be distributed within the building's cellar and sub-cellar levels (48,980 gross square foot). Vehicular access to the garage would take place via the existing 25 foot wide curb cut on West 52nd Street. No new curb cuts are proposed.

Absent the proposed action, the building under construction would be completed, and the accessory attended garage in the building's cellar and sub-cellar levels would contain 86 spaces.

The analysis year for the proposed action is 2018.

The project is located at 242 West 53rd Street in the Special Midtown District of the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 5, New York. The project site is a through lot with frontage on West 52nd and West 53rd Streets and is located in the Theater Sub-district.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212)720-3423, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Greater East Midtown Rezoning. A public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will be held at a later date to be announced. Advance notice will be given of the time and place of the hearing. Written comments on the Draft EIS are requested and will be received and considered by the Lead Agency until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing. A hard copy of 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, 10271-3100 and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/eis-documents.page.

The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) is proposing zoning text and zoning map amendments (Proposed Action) within the East Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan. The Proposed Action is intended to reinforce the area's standing as a premiere Central Business District, support the preservation of landmarked buildings, and provide for public realm improvements.

The Proposed Action includes a zoning text amendment to establish the East Midtown Subdistrict within an approximately 78 block area generally bounded by East 57th Street to the north, East 39th Street to the south, a line generally between 150 and 200 feet easterly of Third Avenue and a line 250 feet westerly of Madison Avenue. The proposed Subdistrict would supersede the existing Grand Central Subdistrict, and would allow for increased floor area ratios (FARs) between 18.0 and 27.0. The text amendment would also create five new discretionary mechanisms within the Subdistrict. The zoning map amendment would rezone an existing C5-2 district (bounded by East 43rd Street to the north, East 42nd Street to the south, Second Avenue to the east, and a line 200 feet easterly of Third Avenue to the west) would be replaced by a C5-3 district, and would be included in the proposed East Midtown Subdistrict. The analysis year for the environmental review is 2036.

The project is located in an approximately 78 block area generally bounded by East 57th Street, Third Avenue, East 39th Street, and Madison Avenue in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212)720-3423, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


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