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ENB - Region 2 Notices 2/1/2017

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Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Supplemental Remedial Investigation Work Plan from Wilfrid East Properties LLC, Wilfrid East LIHTC LLC and Wilfrid West Properties LLC for a site known as 1888 Bathgate Avenue Redevelopment, site ID #C203088. This site is located in the Borough of the Bronx, within the County of Bronx, and is located at 4181 3rd Avenue. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than March 3, 2017. A copy of the application, Draft Supplemental Remedial Investigation Work Plan and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at the Tremont Library, 1866 Washington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457 and the Bronx Community Board District 6, 1932 Arthur Avenue, Room 709, Bronx, NY 10457. 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 Nigel Crawford, NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, Division of Environmental Remediation, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-4995, E-mail: nigel.crawford@dec.ny.gov.

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Negative Declaration

New York County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 1350 Bedford Avenue Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the Applicant, Bedford Arms, LLC for a zoning map amendment to rezone Brooklyn Block 1205, Lot 28 (project site), located at 1350 Bedford Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 8, New York, from an R6A district to an R7D district. In addition, the Applicant is requesting a zoning text amendment pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Appendix F, Inclusionary Housing Designated Areas and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Areas, to map a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) designated area coterminous with the proposed rezoning area. The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a nine story, approximately 88,664 gross square foot residential building measuring 85 feet in height and containing 94 Use Group (UG) 2 affordable dwelling units, pursuant to the proposed MIH program, and 23 accessory parking spaces on a portion of the project site.

In addition to seeking the proposed zoning map and text amendment actions, the applicant is also seeking a New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA) special permit pursuant to ZR section 73-433 (Reduction of existing parking spaces for income-restricted housing units) to waive to the parking requirements for 35 spaces accessory to an existing residential building on the project site. A coordinated environmental review is being conducted, with the NYC BSA acting as an involved agency.

The project site has a lot area of 36,433 square feet and is located on a corner lot with frontage on Pacific Street to the north, Bedford Avenue to the east, and Dean Street to the south. Located directly east of the project site, on the eastern side of Bedford Avenue, is the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC), New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYSHPO) and National Register (NR) designated Crown Heights North Historic District. Located directly north of the project site, on the north side of Pacific Street, is the NYC LPC, NYSHPO, and NR designated 23rd Street Regiment Armory. The project site is currently developed with a six story, 82,655 gross square foot residential building containing 78 income-restricted dwelling units, a 35 space accessory parking lot accessed by a curb cut on Pacific Street, and a vacant 10,000 square foot area. The proposed project would be constructed on the portion of the lot occupied by the parking lot and vacant area, while the existing residential building would remain. The proposed 23 space accessory parking would be located to the west of the proposed building and accessed by the existing curb cut on Pacific Street.

R6A zoning districts are medium density contextual residential districts that allow residential and community facility uses at an FAR of 3.0, or 3.6 mapped within an Inclusionary Housing designated area or an MIH area. Buildings in R6A districts can reach a maximum building height of 70 feet, or 75 feet with a qualifying ground floor of at least 13 feet. Accessory parking is required for 50% of the dwelling units in residential buildings.

R7D zoning districts are greater density residential districts that promote new contextual development along transit corridors, and allow residential and community facility uses at an FAR of 4.2, and a maximum building height of 100 feet. When mapped within an MIH area, the maximum FAR is 5.6, and the maximum building height is 115 feet (eleven stories) for buildings with qualifying ground floors. Parking is required for 50% of all dwelling units affordable to families earning above 80% Area Median Income (AMI). Parking requirements may be waived pursuant to ZR section 73-433 (Reduction of existing parking spaces for income-restricted housing units) for income-restricted units already existing on a zoning lot, to facilitate the creation or preservation of affordable housing.

At this time, the Applicant expects to provide 100% of the dwelling units for the proposed project as affordable, at an average of 80% AMI. According to the Applicant, at least 30% of the units would be made available to families earning incomes at or below 80% AMI, pursuant to MIH Option 2 as outlined in ZR section 23-154 (Inclusionary Housing). A total of 23 at-grade parking spaces would be provided for the proposed residential development, in compliance with ZR section 25-23 (Requirements where group parking facilities are provided), for the proposed new market-rate residential units. The proposed new building would have an FAR of 2.2, and with the existing built FAR of 1.88, the project site would have a total FAR of 4.08. The proposed NYC BSA special permit would allow the waiver of 35 existing accessory parking spaces.

For the purpose of a presenting a conservative analysis, the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) prepared for the proposed project considers future development (the future With Action Scenario) that is larger than the Applicant's intended project. The EAS assumes that the proposed actions could facilitate the construction of an eleven-story, approximately 135,568 gross square foot residential building measuring 115 feet in height and containing 136 dwelling units (100% of which would be made affordable to families earning at or below 80% AMI) and 23 accessory parking spaces. The proposed With-Action Scenario development would be built to an FAR of 3.72, and with the existing built FAR of 1.88, the project site would have a total FAR of 5.6.

Absent the proposed actions and under the existing R6A zoning district, the existing conditions at the project site are expected to remain.

The analysis year for the proposed project is 2020.

The proposed actions include an (E) designation on the development site (Block 1205, Lot 28) in order to preclude future hazardous materials, air quality and noise impacts. The (E) designation number is E-412.

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.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Educational Construction Fund (NYC ECF), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed East 96th Street Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS 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 would be received and considered by the Lead Agency until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing. The Draft EIS is available from the NYC ECF, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, 1st Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101 and on line at: http://schools.nyc.gov/community/facilities/ecf.htm.

The action involves a proposal by co-applicants, NYC ECF and AvalonBay Communities, Inc., for a rezoning and other actions to allow the construction of a mixed-use building, a replacement facility for the existing School of Cooperative Technical Education (SCTE), a new facility for the relocation of two existing neighborhood public high schools, and relocation of an existing jointly-operated playground on Block 1668, Lot 1, in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. The proposed project involves the construction of a mixed-use tower on Second Avenue containing a 135,000 gross square foot public technical school, a replacement facility for the existing SCTE on the project site, as well as approximately 25,000 gross square foot of retail space, and approximately 1,015,000 gross square foot of residential floor area (1,100 to 1,200 units), of which 70 percent will be market rate and 30 percent will be permanently affordable. Following the demolition of the existing SCTE, the co-applicants will construct a 135,000 gross square foot building on First Avenue that will house two public high schools. The jointly-operated playground currently on the western portion of the project site would be relocated to the center of the project block. It is anticipated that site preparation and construction for the project would commence in 2018 and is expected it would be complete and operational in 2023.

Contact: Jennifer Maldonado, NYC ECF, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, 1st Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 472-8281, E-mail: E96Street@schools.nyc.gov.




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