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ENB - Region 2 Notices 3/1/2017

Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Broad Channel Resiliency Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) for an amendment to the Zoning Map and an amendment to the Zoning Resolution that will affect all or portions of 60 tax blocks in Broad Channel, Queens, Community District 14, New York. The Broad Channel rezoning area encompasses the predominantly residential portion of an island bounded by the Gateway National Recreation Area and a United States Pierhead and Bulkhead Line within Jamaica Bay.

The proposed actions would:

  1. Establish the Special Coastal Risk District (Zoning Resolution Section 137-00) to signal flood risk to the community. This Special Coastal Risk District could be applied elsewhere in New York City and is being applied to Hamilton Beach as a Subdistrict, as part of a concurrent application (CEQR 17DCP115Q).
  2. The proposed actions would also establish a Broad Channel Subdistrict which will have the added effect of limiting the density of future development.
  3. Replace R3-2 with R3A zoning to only allow detached residences, and replace R3-2 with C3A zoning within the Broad Channel Subdistrict to bring water related uses into conformance and reinforce neighborhood character. The proposed actions would also modify the R3A within the Subdistrict to only allow single-family detached homes.
  4. Replace existing C1-2 commercial overlays with C1-3 commercial overlays - covering all or portions of three blocks within the proposed R3A zoning - which have a lower parking requirement.

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


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hamilton Beach Resiliency Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) for an amendment to the Zoning Map and a text amendment to the Zoning Resolution that will affect all or portions of 22 tax blocks in Hamilton Beach, Queens, in Community District 10, New York. The Hamilton Beach rezoning area is generally bounded by 159th Avenue to the north, the MTA's A train right-of-way to the east, the U.S. Pierhead and Bulkhead Line to the south, and 102nd Street to the west.

The proposed actions would:

  1. Map a Hamilton Beach Special Coastal Risk Subdistrict under the proposed Special Coastal Risk District text. The Special Coastal Risk District (Zoning Resolution 137-00), is proposed as part of a concurrent application, the Broad Channel Resiliency Rezoning (17DCP114Q), and is intended to denote flood risk. The Hamilton Subdistrict would have the added affect of limiting population by restricting building typology as described below.
  2. Replace existing R3-1 zoning with R3A zoning to reinforce neighborhood character and current building patterns.
  3. Replace and extend existing C1-2 commercial overlays with C1-3 commercial overlays (within the existing R3-1 district) to bring existing commercial uses into conformance and more closely match existing building characteristics. The proposed zoning may also provide commercial buildings relief from high off-street parking requirements that might otherwise make the incorporation of flood mitigation measures into the renovation, reconstruction, or redevelopment of commercial uses more difficult.

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


Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed East 126th Street Bus Depot Memorial and Mixed-Use Project. The Notice of Completion and the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GEIS) were issued by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development on February 17, 2017, which marked the beginning of the public comment period on this document. A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held in conjunction with the public hearing on the associated Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications at a date to be announced later. The Draft EIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: www.nyc.gov/oec.

The action involves a proposal by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) on behalf of the City of New York for a series of land use actions (Proposed Project) to facilitate the redevelopment of a City-owned full block site in East Harlem. The Proposed Project is anticipated to result in a mixed-use development project including a mix of permanently affordable and middle income residential, commercial, and community facility uses, and provide a publicly-accessible memorial commemorating the Harlem African Burial Ground. The Proposed Project could result in up to approximately 655,215 gross square feet of residential development (comprising approximately 730 dwelling units (DU), of which 50 percent would be affordable to households earning at or below 80 percent Area Median Income); approximately 315,000 gross square feet of commercial uses (including retail and office uses); approximately 30,000 gross square feet of community facility uses (including a 15,000 square feet historical and cultural center as part of the memorial); 300 accessory parking spaces (to be provided in an above-ground enclosed garage); and approximately 18,000 square feet of outdoor, unbuilt memorial space. The Proposed Project is expected to be completed by 2022.

The project is located at 301 East 126th Street in the Borough of Manhattan, Community District 11, New York.

Contact: Denise Pisani, New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 676-3290, E-mail: dpisani@cityhall.nyc.gov.


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