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ENB - Region 2 Notices 2/15/2017

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Downtown Far Rockaway Redevelopment Project. A joint public hearing on the Draft EIS and Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) will be noticed and held at a later date. The Draft EIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oec/html/ceqr/16DME010Q.shtml.

The action involves a proposal by the City of New York, acting through the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC), for a series of land use actions and other discretionary actions (Proposed Actions) to implement recommendations of a comprehensive plan to redevelop and revitalize an approximately 25 block area of the Downtown Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York. Within this area, the Proposed Actions are anticipated to facilitate construction of new residential, commercial, community facility, and public plaza space. The reasonable worst case development scenario (RWCDS) for the Proposed Actions is comprised of new floor area in the proposed Urban Renewal Area, two Disposition Sites, and 17 Projected Development Sites, which are all expected to be developed by the analysis year of 2032 (future With Action condition). The development of these sites is expected to result in an incremental increase (comparing the future No Action with the future With Action condition) of approximately 3,027 dwelling units, 152,935 gross square feet of commercial (retail) space; up to 86,947 gross square feet of community facility space; and new public plaza space on Mott Avenue between Central Avenue and Redfern Avenue (Proposed Project). The RWCDS also identifies nine Potential Development Sites which are considered possible but less likely to be developed by the analysis year of 2032. The Proposed Project would require the following discretionary approvals: Zoning map amendments; Zoning text amendments; Disposition of two city-owned properties which requires approval through the City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure pursuant to New York City Charter Section 197(c) and Mayoral approval pursuant to New York City Charter Section 384(b)(4); Designation and Adoption of the Downtown Far Rockaway Urban Renewal Area and Plan, which may include property acquisition by the City through a negotiated purchase or eminent domain. The project is located in Downtown Far Rockaway in Queens, New York.

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) 676-3293, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov.


New York County (Bronx) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Baychester Square (aka Gun Hill Square). A joint public hearing on the Draft EIS and Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) will be noticed and held at a later date. The Draft EIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oec/html/ceqr/14dme010x.shtml.

The action involves an application for several discretionary actions to facilitate the construction of a pedestrian-oriented open-air urban shopping center and senior housing development in the Baychester neighborhood of the Bronx; disposition of New York City owned property to a private applicant through New York City (NYC) Uniform Land Use Review Procedure under City Charter Section 197(c) and Mayoral Approval pursuant to City Charter Section 384(b)(4) (authorization by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Board of Directors of the surrender of the MTA's leasehold interest in the project site will be required prior to the disposition approval); a rezoning of the project site from M1-1 to C4-3; a zoning text amendment to establish Mandatory Inclusionary Housing in the rezoning area; zoning special permits from the New York City Planning Commission (NYC CPC) pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-74 for a Large-Scale General Development (LSGD) applicable to the project site to allow modifications in order to achieve a superior site plan; a zoning text amendment to ZR Section 74-744(a) to allow a fitness center in the context of a LSGD; and a special permit from the NYC CPC pursuant to ZR Section 74-53 to allow for an accessory group parking facility with more than the prescribed maximum number of parking spaces for a LSGD.

The 12.6 acre project site would be developed with approximately 395,016 gross square feet of local and destination retail, restaurants, and fitness uses of up to approximately 40,000 gross square feet. The proposed development would also include up to 180 affordable senior housing units (181,370 gross square feet). A total of 1,169 accessory parking spaces would be provided for the proposed commercial and residential uses (at-grade and in parking garage). In addition, the proposed development would include approximately one acre of privately-owned, publicly accessible open space.

The project is located at 1825 East Gun Hill Road in the Bronx, New York.

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) 676-3293, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov.


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