Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

ENB - Region 2 Notices 2/8/2017

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping (Rescheduled)

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. A public scoping session has been rescheduled for March 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ebbets Field Middle School 352, 46 McKeever Place, Brooklyn, NY 11225. Written comments on the draft scope will now be accepted until March 17, 2017.

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 foot 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 foot of office space; up to 18,122 gross square foot of academic space; approximately 72,252 gross square foot of community facility space; and a minimum of 118 parking spaces. Should the 18,122 gross square foot 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 foot 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) 676-3203, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant for the Lexington Avenue Subway Line between 33rd Street and 42nd Street may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The Final Scoping Document if available from the Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010; the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016; the Grand Central Branch Library, 135 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017; the Kip's Bay Library, 446 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016; the Manhattan Community Board 6, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 308, New York, NY 10017; the Manhattan Community Board 5, 450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2109, New York, NY 10123 and on line at: http://www.mta.info/.

The action involves the construction and operation of a new emergency ventilation plant (EVP) to serve the Lexington Avenue Subway Line between the 33rd Street / Park Avenue South Station and the Grand Central Terminal/42nd Street Station, located on Park Avenue in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. The EVP would be located below grade within the Murray Hill Historic District, a district designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC), the New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYSHPO), and the National Register of Historic Places.

The Proposed Project would provide the necessary mechanical ventilation to improve life safety environs during a fire/smoke condition in the tunnel section of the Lexington Avenue Subway Line between the two subway stations, which currently has no such protection. The purpose of the EVP is to provide a tenable environment along the egress route for the emergency evacuation of subway passengers during a fire/smoke condition.

In the early planning of the Proposed Action, an Alternative Analysis and Feasibility Evaluation (AA/FE) was performed on a range of site configurations at various locations in the study area. Thirteen (13) Potential Alternatives resulted, and MTA NYCT developed and comparatively evaluated them based on: engineering design considerations (e.g., feasibility, constructability, schedule, etc.); cost factors; and, environmental effects. As a result, two Candidate Alternatives, Alternative 11 and Alternative 12, have been identified as having the greatest potential to minimize engineering, cost, and environmental effects from among the Potential Alternatives. Both Candidate Alternatives are located in the streetbed of the northbound traffic lanes of Park Avenue. Alternative 11 would be located below the northbound lanes on Park Avenue between East 37th Street and East 39th Street, and Alternative 12 would be located below the northbound traffic lanes on Park Avenue between East 36th Street and East 38th Street. These two Candidate Alternatives remain under consideration by MTA NYCT and will be evaluated further, along with the No-Action Alternative and any other reasonable options that arise, during the EIS process.

The project is located on Park Avenue between East 36th Street and East 39th Street in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Emil F. Dul, MTA New York City Transit, 2 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004, Phone: (646) 252-2405, E-mail: Emil.Dul@NYCT.com.


  • Contact for this Page
  • ENB
    NYS DEC
    Division of Environmental Permits
    625 Broadway, 4th Floor
    Albany, NY 12233-1750
    518-402-9167
    Send us an email
  • This Page Covers
  • Page applies to all NYS regions