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ENB - Region 2 Notices 3/22/2017

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from Blondell Equities LLC for a site known as the Former Boyle Auto Wreckers, Inc., site ID #C203089. This site is located in the Borough of the Bronx, within the County of Bronx, and is located at 1346 Blondell Avenue. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than April 21, 2017. A copy of the application, Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at New York Public Library-Pelham Bay Branch, 3060 Middletown Road, Bronx, NY 10461 and the Bronx Community Board 11, 1741 Colden Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462. 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: Michael MacCabe, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9687, E-mail: michael.maccabe@dec.ny.gov.

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Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 62 Greene Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 62 Greene Owners Corp, for a Special Permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711 (Landmark preservation in all districts) to modify the use regulations of Section 42-14(D)(2)(a) (Manufacturing District - Uses permitted as-of-right). The Proposed Action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to convert 6,102 gross square feet of light commercial/manufacturing Use Group (UG) 16 floor area to UG 6 retail on portions of the ground floor and cellar of a building located at 62 Greene Street (Block 485, Lot 3, Project Site). The Project Site is located at 62 Greene Street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 2, New York. The Project Site is situated within an M1-5A zoning district within the SoHo Cast-Iron Historic District.

In conjunction with the Proposed Action, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) issued a Modification of Use on December 7, 2016 approving the modification of use, and a Certificate of No Effect on December 9, 2016. Upon approval of the Special Permit, the applicant will record a Restrictive Declaration with NYC LPC requiring the owner and any successor in interest to provide for the continuing maintenance of the proposed building, resulting in its preservation.

The building at the Project Site currently contains a UG 16 light commercial/manufacturing use on portions of the ground floor (4,073 gross square foot) and cellar (2,029 gross square foot). The building also contains four Joint Living and Work Quarters for Artists (JLWQA) uses on the upper floors, which are not subject to the proposed Special Permit. The ground floor is occupied with a 4,073 gross square foot commercial retail space. The building measures 27,412 gross square foot and rises to five stories (FAR 4.76).

The Project Site is located within the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District, which is characterized by loft-style buildings typically built to a height of five to twelve stories. The underlying M1-5A zoning permits commercial and manufacturing uses (Use Groups 4-13, 16 and 17) with limitations on UG 6 commercial uses, which are not permitted below the second floor of a building with JLWQA uses on the upper floors. A maximum FAR of 5.0 is permitted, building heights cannot penetrate the sky exposure (85 feet), and a minimum of 20 feet is required for rear yards.

The Proposed Action would permit retail use (UG 6) on portions of the ground floor (4,073 gross square foot) and cellar (2,029 gross square foot) of the building for a total of 6,102 gross square foot. The building would maintain the existing floor area of 27,412 gross square foot (4.76 FAR), with JLWQA units not subject to the proposed Special Permit.

Absent the proposed action, the Project Site is expected to remain unchanged from the existing conditions.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2018.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3493, E-mail: oabinad@planing.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 462 Broadway will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 462 BDWY Land, L.P., for a Special Permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-922 (Certain large retail establishments) to modify the use regulations of Section 42-12 (Manufacturing District - Uses permitted as-of-right) and a Special Permit pursuant to ZR Section 74-781 (Good faith marketing) to modify the use regulations of Section 42-14(D)(2)(b) (Manufacturing District - Uses permitted as-of-right). The Proposed Actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to occupy existing space within the cellar and southerly portion of the ground through 3rd floor of a building located at 462 Broadway (Block 473, Lot 1, Project Site) with a Use Group (UG) 6 and 10A retail establishment over 10,000 square feet, totaling 45,201 gross square feet. The Project Site is located at 462 Broadway in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 2. The Project Site is in an M1-5B zoning district within the SoHo Cast-Iron Historic District.

The building at the Project Site, which contains six stories and approximately 133,841 gross square feet of floor area, is currently divided into two portions, northerly and southerly. The southerly portion of the building, which is subject to the Proposed Actions, currently contains 16,567 gross square feet of storage space in the cellar, 8,668 gross square feet of vacant space in the southerly portion of the ground floor, and a combined 19,966 gross square feet of vacant space in the southerly portion of the second and third floors. The vacant southerly ground through 3rd floor spaces were formerly occupied by a trade school with accessory office space. All former and current trade school uses are associated with the International Culinary Center (ICC), a UG 9 trade school.

The Project Site is located within the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District, which is characterized by loft-style buildings typically built to a height of five to twelve stories, covering the entire lot width with a cast-iron façade. The underlying M1-5B zoning permits commercial and manufacturing uses (Use Groups 4-14, 16 and 17). Use Group 6 and 10A commercial uses are not permitted below the second story of a building and large retail establishments over 10,000 square feet are not permitted. A maximum FAR of 5.0 is permitted, building heights cannot penetrate the sky exposure (85 feet), and a minimum of 20 feet is required for rear yards. There are no parking requirements.

The proposed Special Permits would allow a 45,201 gross square feet retail establishment (Use Group 6 and 10A) to occupy the existing cellar and southerly portion of the ground through 3rd floor of the building. ICC recently changed its educational/business model, vacated the southerly ground through third floor spaces, and relocated its UG 9 trade school and accessory office space within the northerly portions of the second through fifth floor of the building. The proposed retail establishment would occupy the former trade school and accessory office space on the southerly portion of the ground through 3rd floor. The remaining floors (floors 4-6) as well as the northerly portion of the building above the cellar would not be affected by the Proposed Actions.

Absent the Proposed Actions, it is expected that the cellar of the building would be occupied with accessory storage space, the southerly portion of the ground floor would remain vacant, and the southerly portion of the second and third floors would be occupied with a UG 6 office use.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2018.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3493, E-mail: oabinad@planing.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 40 Wooster Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 40 Wooster Restoration, LLC, for a Special Permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711 (Landmark preservation in all districts) to modify the use regulations of Section 42-10 and Section 42-14(D) (Manufacturing District - Uses permitted as-of-right). The Proposed Action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to reconfigure and reoccupy an existing 16,447 gross square foot six story building located at 40 Wooster Street (Block 475, Lot 34, Project Site) with 13,164 gross square foot of residential uses (Use Group 2) on the 2nd through 6th floor (4 dwelling units) and a 3,074 gross square foot retail use (Use Group 6) on the ground floor. Accessory storage space would be provided in the cellar for both retail and residential uses. The Project Site is located at 40 Wooster Street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 2, New York. The Project Site is in an M1-5B zoning district within the SoHo Cast-Iron Historic District.

In conjunction with the Proposed Action, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) issued a Certificate of Appropriateness, Certificate of No Effect, and Modification of Use on June 17, 2015, approving the building reconfiguration and modification of use. Upon approval of the Special Permit, the applicant will record a Restrictive Declaration with NYC LPC requiring the owner and any successor in interest to provide for the continuing maintenance of the proposed building, resulting in its preservation.

The building at the Project Site is currently occupied by a non-conforming UG 10 showroom/gallery on the ground floor, a fitness studio on the second floor, vacant space on the third and fourth floors, and UG 6 office space on the fifth and sixth floors. According to the applicant, the current occupants are subject to leases set to expire in 2017. The building contains 16,447 gross square foot and reaches a height of six stories. The Project Site is located within the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District, which is characterized by loft-style buildings typically built to a height of five to twelve stories, covering the entire lot width with a cast-iron façade. The underlying M1-5B zoning permits commercial and manufacturing uses (Use Groups 4-14, 16 and 17) but does not permit residential uses (Use Group 2). Use Group 6 commercial uses are also not permitted below the second story of a building. A maximum FAR of 5.0 is permitted, building heights cannot penetrate the sky exposure (85 feet), and a minimum of 20 feet is required for rear yards. There are no parking requirements.

The Proposed Action would allow for the interior reconfiguration and reoccupation of the building at the Project Site. The resulting building would contain 3,074 gross square foot of UG 6 retail space on the ground floor, with 1,224 gross square foot of accessory commercial storage space in the cellar. It would contain 13,164 gross square foot of UG 2 residential space on the second through sixth floors, totaling 4 dwelling units, with 1,374 gross square foot of accessory residential storage space in the cellar. Approximately 538 gross square foot would be set aside on the ground floor for the residential lobby. The building would contain a total floor area of 16,238 gross square foot (5.25 FAR), which accounts for a net reduction of 209 gross square foot from the existing floor area of 16,447 gross square foot (5.37 FAR). The net reduction in floor area would be achieved through interior renovations that include combining the fifth and sixth floors into a single residential unit, and the removal of a portion of the sixth floor to allow for a vaulted ceiling in a portion of the unit's fifth floor. A new roof level space (with a 373 gross square foot sitting area and a 154 gross square foot mechanical bulkhead) would increase the overall height of the building to approximately 85 feet, or six stories.

Absent the Proposed Action, the Project Site is expected to be occupied with a UG 10 showroom on the ground floor and UG 6 office uses on the remaining upper floors.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2018.

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to air quality, an (E) designation has been incorporated into the proposed actions.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3493, E-mail: oabinad@planing.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 130 William Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Lightstone Acquisitions X, LLC for a Zoning Text Amendment to the Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 91-24(a) (Floor Area Bonus for Public Plazas), pertaining to the permitted floor area bonus for public plazas in the Special Lower Manhattan District (LM District) as well as an addition to ZR Section 37-713 (Locational Restrictions), to clarify that additional locational restrictions for public plazas exist in the LM District and other Special Zoning Districts. The Text Amendment would allow a floor area bonus (up to 2.0 FAR) to apply to developments which include public plazas in the C6-4 Zoning District within the LM District, where such a bonus is not currently permitted. The Proposed Action would facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to develop a 5,317 gross square foot public plaza in conjunction with an as-of-right 443,947 gross square foot (244 dwelling unit) primarily residential building (Proposed Development) to be constructed at 130 William Street (Development Site) in the Financial District neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. The Development site is located on one Zoning Lot which contains two additional tax lots (Lots 18 and 24), and is located in a C6-4 District within the LM District, bounded by Fulton Street to the northwest, Gold Street to the southwest, John Street to the southeast, and William Street to the northeast. The proposed Text Amendment would apply specifically to those sites located within the Eastern portion of the C6-4 Zoning District that are within 50 feet of a designated retail or Type 1 or 2A streetwall street (Affected Area). However, the Development Site (Block 77, Lot 15) is identified as the only site subject to the proposed Text Amendment.

According to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Development Site is not a designated landmark. However, the building immediately adjacent on the same Zoning Lot (Block 77, Lot 24), known as the Excelsior Steam Power Company, is a landmark. The building, located at 33-43 Gold Street received a historic designation on December 13, 2016. Additionally, a second-story bracket lamp on the building, installed circa 1913, was designated as part of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's designation of more than 100 historic street lamps in 1997.

The Development Site (Block 77, Lot 15), contains 17,384 square foot of lot area, and is currently occupied with two buildings: (1) a 12-story commercial/office building with approximately 100,124 gross square foot of office space and 7,000 gross square foot of ground floor retail, located along William Street, and (2) a six-story commercial/residential building with approximately 4,390 gross square foot of residential (4 dwelling units) and 6,100 gross square foot of ground floor retail, located along Fulton Street (FAR of 6.77). The remainder of the Zoning Lot consists of lots 18 and 24. Lot 18 contains 2,609 square foot of lot area and is occupied by a six-story, approximately 12,500 gross square foot multi-family elevator building (10 dwelling units). Lot 24 contains 20,890 square foot of lot area and is occupied by two seven and eight-story mixed residential and commercial buildings, containing approximately 159,000 gross square foot (196 dwelling units) and 9,000 gross square foot of commercial retail space.

In order to facilitate the Applicant's Proposed Development, the two buildings on the Development Site (Lot 15) would be demolished while the 3 existing buildings on the remainder of the Zoning Lot (Lots 18 and 24) would remain. As part of the Proposed Development, the Applicant would provide 14,246 square foot (17 dwelling units) of off-site inclusionary housing, located at 118 Fulton Street (Block 78, Lot 45). In order to achieve the above programming the Proposed Development would utilize unused development rights from Block 77, Lots 18 and 24, located on the remainder of the Zoning Lot, as well as a combination of both the public plaza bonus and the Inclusionary Housing bonus. The Development Site, along with Lots 18 and 24, would feature an overall FAR of 11.98, with approximately 0.78 FAR of bonus coming from the plaza bonus and approximately 1.22 FAR coming from the Inclusionary Housing bonus.

The Development Site and the rest of the Zoning Lot are mapped with a C6-4 zoning designation and are located within the LM District. C6-4 districts are commercial districts that are mapped within the City's major business districts and have a maximum FAR of 10.0 for all uses, exclusive of any applicable bonus. The LM District was adopted in 1998 and features design controls which include the establishment of minimum base heights and required street walls on certain streets with a strong, existing street wall character. New developments on streets that are designated as Type 1 or Type 2A, such as Broadway and Wall Street, are required to maintain the minimum base height along the entire frontage of the zoning lot, and the street wall must be located at the street line for at least 70 percent of the zoning lot's frontage. Additionally, certain streets with an existing commercial character, such as Broadway, Fulton Street, or John Street, were specified as "designated retail streets" and controls were adopted requiring commercial uses on the ground floor, in order to maintain the active nature of such streets. ZR Section 91-22 provides that in the C6-4 districts within the LM District, the maximum permitted FAR can be increased to 12.0 either through the public plaza bonus, pursuant to ZR Section 91-24 and the limitations contained therein, or the Inclusionary Housing bonus, pursuant to ZR Section 23-90. The public plaza bonus increases the maximum FAR by up to 2.0 for residential uses. Uses permitted in C6-4 districts include residential, community facility uses, and retail and commercial uses.

As currently drafted, ZR Section 91-24(a) (Section pertaining to the permitted floor area bonus for public plazas in the LM District), does not permit a floor area bonus for public plazas connected to developments or enlargements that are located within 50 feet of a street line of a designated street on which (i) retail continuity is required pursuant to ZR Section 91-41 or (ii) streetwall continuity is required, pursuant to the regulations for Type 1 or Type 2A street walls in ZR Section 91-31. For properties in C6-4 zoning districts, the proposed Text Amendment would make the 50 foot restriction applicable to the plaza itself, allowing developments or enlargements within such districts that are within 50 feet of a designated street to benefit from the plaza bonus and to increase the maximum permitted floor area ratio ("FAR") from 10.0 to 12.0, provided that the plaza itself is more than 50 feet from the designated street. The Applicant also proposes an addition to ZR Section 37-713, to clarify that additional locational restrictions for public plazas exist in the LM District and other Special Zoning Districts.

The Proposed Action would be consistent with the underlying intent of the LM District (as per ZR Section 91-00) to encourage the development of a 24-hour community, to facilitate design flexibility, and to enhance the pedestrian environment by relieving sidewalk congestion and providing pedestrian amenities. The limited scope of the text reinforces the protections of the LM District's designated streets, by requiring public plazas to be located beyond 50- feet of the street line of such streets, allowing both the plaza bonus and maintaining retail continuity and streetwall requirements, consistent with other areas of the City such as the Special Midtown District.

The construction of the Applicant's Proposed Development is dependent upon the approval of a Certification, pursuant to ZR Section 37-78 (Compliance), to permit a floor area bonus for a public plaza in connection with the development of a primarily residential building. The Applicant intends to seek this approval at a later date. The Applicant's Proposed Development would serve as the With-Action Scenario and would include an approximately 5,317 gross square foot public plaza fronting on William Street. The public plaza would extend along the Development Site's 74 foot 1 inch Williams Street frontage and have a maximum depth of 72 foot 2 inch, following the requirements provided in public plaza design standards pursuant to ZR Section 37-70. The public plaza would be developed in conjunction with a 443,947 gross square foot, 60 story (plus cellar) primarily residential building with two levels of retail on the Development Site. The building, which would have a base height of 62 foot 5 inch and rise to a maximum height of 706 foot 11 inch, would be comprised of 20,642 gross square foot of retail use on the first and second floors, and 399,871 gross square foot of residential use on floors 3 through 60 (244 dwelling units) with two levels of recreational space for residents.

Absent the Proposed Actions, the Applicant would construct the Proposed Development as described, with the exception of the public plaza, which would be a private space for building residents. There would be no change in ground disturbance on the Development Site, nor would there be a change in the floor area of the proposed building. Additionally, in this No-Action Scenario, the entirety of the 2.0 FAR bonus, utilized in connection with the Proposed Development, would be obtained solely through the Inclusionary Housing bonus rather than relying on a mix of the Inclusionary Housing bonus and the public plaza bonus. A total of 23,361 square foot (27) dwelling units would be provided off-site at 118 Fulton Street. While there would be an incremental decrease of 10 off-site Inclusionary dwelling units between the No-Action and With-Action scenarios, the 118 Fulton Street off-site location would make available the same Inclusionary Housing floor area to developments seeking to utilize the Inclusionary Housing bonus.

The Proposed Development is anticipated to be completed in 2020.

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.



Queens County (Queens) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Public School (PS) 66 Queens Addition will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. On behalf of the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA) proposes to construct an approximately 126 seat addition to an existing public school, PS 660. The existing school is a City, State and Historic Landmark and is considered a good representative example of late nineteenth century school architecture in New York City. In a letter dated August 11, 2016, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP)determined that the project would have no adverse impact on the historic school. The proposed 22,896 square foot, three-story addition will include 6 classrooms, exercise room, a nurse's office and general office space. The project is located at 85-11 102nd Street in Queens, New York.

Contact: Kelly Murphy, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101-3045, Phone: (716) 472-8307, E-mail: kmurphy@nycsca.org.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York State Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (NYS GOSR) (Housing Trust Fund Corporation), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Coastal and Social Resiliency Initiatives for Tottenville Shoreline Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on April 26, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Public School 6, 555 Page Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10307. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted by the contact listed below until May 8, 2017. The Draft EIS is available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the NYS GOSR, 25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004, Contact: Alex Zablocki, Phone: (844) 969-7474, New York Public Library, Tottenville Branch, 7430 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307, Phone: (718) 984-0945 and on line at: http://www.stormrecovery.ny.gov/environmental-docs.

The action involves two projects, the Rebuilding by Design (RBD) Living Breakwaters Project and Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project. The proposed RBD Living Breakwaters Project includes (1) a system of off-shore engineered breakwaters designed to reduce wave energy at the shoreline, and prevent or reverse shoreline erosion while creating hard/structured marine habitat; (2) an on-shore community Water Hub that would provide a place for access to the waterfront, orientation, education, information on shoreline resiliency, community gathering space and other programming; (3) strategic placement of sand for restoration along the shoreline; and (4) a seasonal floating dock on the breakwater and a boat launch along the shoreline to be used for observations, monitoring, maintenance and stewardship, including specifically, for vessels operated by the Billion Oyster Project and any other anticipated project stewards. The proposed Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project would involve a system of shoreline protection measures working to attenuate waves, limit erosion and mitigate against coastal flooding and would be comprised of (1) an earthen berm; (2) a hybrid dune system; (3) an eco-revetment; (4) a raised edge; and (5) a trail system adjacent to the shoreline.

The project is located in the City of New York, borough of Staten Island, on public lands owned by the City of New York on-shore and underwater lands owned by the State of New York off-shore.

Contact: Daniel Greene, NYS GOSR, 25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004, Phone: (212) 480-4644, E-mail: NYSCDBG_DR_ER@nyshcr.org.





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