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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/3/2017

Negative Declaration

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Staten Island East Shore Special Coastal Risk District Text Amendment and 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 Resolution and an amendment to the Zoning Map that will affect all or portions of a total of 69 tax blocks and 40 tax blocks within the Ocean Breeze and Graham Beach neighborhoods of Community District 2 and 29 blocks within the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Community District 3 in Staten Island, New York. The two areas entirely overlap with the New York State Enhanced Buyout Program, which in part aims to acquire private property and convert the land to open space to serve as buffers to future storms.

The proposed actions would include two land use actions.

  1. Zoning text amendment - The proposed actions include amendments to the text of the Zoning Resolution to establish the Special Coastal Risk District (Zoning Resolution 137-00, CR-1). Regulations applicable to this District (CR-1) include discretionary actions subject to review by the New York City Planning Commission including an authorization for all new development and enlargements beyond existing building footprints. Also, community facilities with sleeping accommodation will be prohibited.
  2. Zoning map amendment - The proposed actions will establish a C1-3 commercial overlay adjacent to the Special Coastal Risk District in the Graham Beach and Ocean Breeze neighborhood. An existing C1-1 commercial overlay within an R3-2 district will be reduced and replaced with a new C1-3 overlay. This change is intended to more adequately reflect existing development patterns and to reduce off-street parking requirements to make it easier to reconstruct commercial buildings. The C1-3 overlay will also have the added benefit of making rebuilding in a resilient manner easier in the aftermath of future floods.

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.


New York County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 19 East 70th Street Special Permit will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 120 Kingston LLC, for a Special Permit (Proposed Action) pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711 (Landmark preservation in all districts) to modify use regulations of ZR Section 22-10 (Uses permitted as-of-right). The Proposed Action would facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to restore 3,012 gross square feet of commercial use (Use Group 6) on the ground floor and in the cellar of an existing 6,048 gross square feet vacant building, as well as to restore accessory commercial signage on the exterior, at 120 Kingston Avenue (Project Site), in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 8, New York. In addition, the applicant intends to restore the second and third floors with 4 dwelling units (totaling 3,036 gross square feet of residential use) (Use Group 2) pursuant to the underlying R6 Zoning District, on an as-of-right basis. The Project Site is in an R6 zoning district within the Crown Heights North Historic District.

In conjunction with the Proposed Action, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) issued a Certificate of Appropriateness and Certificate of No Effect on April 21, 2016, approving exterior restorative work to the façade of the building. 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 Project Site is developed with a 6,048 gross square feet six story vacant building. The Project Site encompasses a corner lot, with frontages on Kingston Avenue and Bergen Street. The cellar level (1,516 gross square feet) and ground floor (1,497 gross square feet) were formerly occupied by a Use Group 6 commercial establishment, The Kingston Lounge, while the second and third floor (each 1,517 gross square feet) were previously occupied by a total of four dwelling units. The Crown Heights North Historic District encompasses a residential community primarily characterized by row houses, attached houses, freestanding residences, churches, flats buildings, and elevator apartment houses dating from the middle of the nineteenth century to the 1930.

The underlying R6 zoning district permits a maximum residential FAR of 3.0 and a maximum community facility FAR of 3.0, and does not permit commercial uses or accessory commercial signage. The Proposed Action would allow the restoration of UG 6 commercial use on the ground floor and in the cellar of the existing building, totaling 3,012 gross square feet and permit the restoration of existing accessory commercial signage on the exterior. The accessory commercial signage, totaling 130 square feet, would have 28 square feet of illuminated non-flashing signage on Kingston Avenue and 102 square feet of illuminated non-flashing signage on Bergen Street.

Absent the Proposed Action, the existing building would be occupied with 3,012 gross square feet of community facility use on the ground floor and in the cellar, and 4 dwelling units on the second and third floors, as permitted under the R6 Zoning District.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2018.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3493, E-mail: oabinad@planning.nyc.gov.


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