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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/17/2017

Negative Declaration

New York County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Barnett Avenue Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 251 Front Street Realty Inc., for a zoning map amendment from a R6B to a R6A zoning district, affecting a property located at 251 Front Street the Vinegar Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 2, New York. The Applicant is also requesting a zoning text amendment to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Appendix F (Inclusionary Housing Designated Areas and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Areas) to establish a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) Area (Option 1) coterminous with the Rezoning Area (Proposed Actions). Under the proposed MIH Option 1 program, at least 25% of future residential floor area would be set aside for persons with incomes averaging 60% area median income (AMI). The Proposed Actions would facilitate the Applicant's proposal to construct an eight-story, 87,121 gross square foot building containing approximately 72 dwelling units, of which 18 dwelling units would be income-restricted. The Project Site would also include a cellar level accessory parking garage with approximately 27 unattended parking spaces. The Project Site is bounded by Water Street to the north, Front Street to the south, Gold Street to the east and Bridge Street to the west, and is adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Historic District.

In connection with the proposed actions, the Applicant will enter into a Restrictive Declaration, described in more detail in the supporting statement of this document. A Restrictive Declaration is warranted as a review of archeological sensitivity models and historical maps by New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) indicates that there is potential for the recovery of remains from the 19th century on the project site. The Applicant agrees, via the Restrictive Declaration, to conduct archeological identification, investigation, and mitigation in accordance with the 2014 CEQR Technical Manual and NYC LPC guidelines for archeological work in New York City.

The project site is currently occupied with an approximately 19,991 square foot surface parking lot with two 20 foot wide curb cuts along Front Street and Gold Street. The project site is located within an existing R6B district which was included as part of the New York City Department of City Planning's 1998 Vinegar Hill Rezoning. Under the existing zoning district, residential use (Use Groups 1 and 2) and community facility use (Use Groups 3 and 4) are permitted up to a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 2.0 and building height of 50 feet. The project site is also adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Historic District, which is comprised of three non-contiguous areas characterized by brick and frame row houses dating back to the early 1800s. Two areas of the Historic District are nearby: the first located adjacent to the project site along Front Street and the second located directly across from the project site along Gold Street.

The proposed R6A district, to be mapped within the proposed MIH area, would allow residential use (Use Groups 1 and 2) up to a maximum FAR of 3.6, with a maximum overall building height of 85 feet.

Absent the proposed actions, the project site is expected to be developed with an as-of-right five story, approximately 49,463 gross square foot building with 41,219 gross square foot of residential floor area (41 market rate dwelling units) and a 8,244 cellar level accessory parking facility containing 21 parking spaces.

The analysis year for the proposed project is 2019.

Subsequent to the issuance of an Environmental Assessment Statement on December 6, 2016 and Negative Declaration on December 12, 2016, the Applicant has revised the proposal to rezone the Project Site as R6A rather than R7A. A Revised Environmental Assessment Statement was prepared that considers the mapping of a R6A zoning district. As discussed in the Revised Environmental Assessment Statement, it was determined that this change would not have the potential for significant adverse impacts, and would not alter the conclusions of the previous environmental review.

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.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed In-City Water Supply Resiliency Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until July 10, 2017. NYC DEP will hold public meetings for public comment on the In-City Water Supply Resiliency DSOW, with informal listening sessions to occur one hour before the times listed below.

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, New York 11501

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center
172-17 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans, NY 11434

The project involves the issuance of a Draft Scope of Work for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared to support the renewal of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYS DEC) Water Supply Permit (NYS DEC Permit No. 2-6399-00005/00001), to include measures to rehabilitate and modernize NYC DEP's groundwater system and ensure its viability to meet the New York City's water supply needs and supplement upstate surface water supplies. The Draft Scoping Document and a list of repositories are available on NYC DEP's website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_reviews/index.shtml.

The project is located in Queens, New York.

Contact: Sangamithra Iyer, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th floor, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-3585, E-mail: EISComments@dep.nyc.gov.


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