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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/24/2017

Revised Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 10 Greene Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the Applicant, 10 Greene 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 reoccupy an existing 14,956 gross square foot five story building with 13,771 gross square foot of residential use (Use Group 2) on the 2nd through 5th floor and proposed 1 story penthouse addition, totaling 4 dwelling units, and 3,177 gross square foot of retail use (Use Group 6) on the ground floor. The project site is located at 10 Greene Street (Project Site) in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 2, New York 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 and Modification of Use on March 4, 2016 approving the building enlargement 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, which is currently vacant, measures 14,956 gross square feet and reaches a height of 82 feet 1 inch (five stories). Formerly, the building at the project site was occupied by manufacturing and commercial uses. 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 13,771 gross square feet of residential uses (Use Group 2) on the existing 2nd through 5th floor plus penthouse addition, up to nine dwelling units, and 3,177 gross square feet of retail use (Use Group 6) on the ground floor of the building. Approximately 618 gross square feet of space would be set aside for the lobby (residential) and cellar space would be used as ancillary residential and commercial space. The building would contain a total floor area of 16,948 gross square feet(4.86 FAR), while rising to a height of 106 feet with the proposed penthouse addition, allowed on an as-of-right basis.

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.

An Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) was completed on December 9, 2016 and a Negative Declaration was issued on December 12, 2016 for the Applicant's original application. The original application and EAS analyzed a With-Action Scenario consisting of 11 dwelling units based on an average unit size of 1,200 square foot. Subsequent to Certification of the Proposed Action, the Applicant determined nine dwelling units, with two units per floor on each of floors two through five, and a single unit in the penthouse addition, to be a more feasible plan based on requirements for two means for egress for each unit and limitation of the building floor area.

A Revised EAS was prepared that considers the proposed change to the With-Action Scenario. As discussed in the Revised EAS, the revised With-Action Scenario is not expected to result in any significant adverse environmental 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.


Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreations, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Special West Chelsea District Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a zoning text amendments to portions of Article IX, Chapter 8 of the New York City Zoning Resolution relating to the Special West Chelsea District, specifically Section 98-25 (High Line Improvement Bonus) and Appendix E (Special Regulations for Zoning Lots Utilizing the High Line Improvement Bonus and Located Partially within Subareas D, E, and G, or within Subarea I.)

Under these existing Zoning Resolution Sections, public access to the High Line is required for any new development on the project site. The proposed action would modify this requirement so that an operations facility for the High Line and a staff-only stair could be constructed in lieu of a public access elevator and stairway. The proposed project would be located along West 19th Street, west of 10th Avenue and include an operations facility and staff-only stairway for use by High Line employees. The operations facility would be utilized as a storage facility and back of house for public programs.

The project is located 131 10th Avenue in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Owen Wells, New York City Department of Parks and Recreations, 830 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 360-3492, E-mail: owen.wells@parks.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 125 Edgewater Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice.

The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Pier 21 Development LLC, for a series of land use approvals to facilitate a mixed-use development with a waterfront public access area on a property located at 125 Edgewater Street (Block 2820, Lot 90; Development Site) in the Rosebank neighborhood in Staten Island, Community District 1, New York. The area affected by the proposed actions also includes Block 2820, Lot 95, and parts of Lots 105 and 110. The Proposed Actions would facilitate the construction of three mixed-use buildings totaling 351,567 gross square feet of residential space, 24,173 gross square feet of commercial space, 102,954 square feet of parking space, and a waterfront public access area consisting of public open space, upland connection, and visual corridors. The analysis year is 2019.

The conditions are:

This revised Conditional Negative Declaration (CND) supersedes the CND issued on December 9, 2016. The revised CND incorporates changes to the E-designation (E-401) for air quality. The changes to the E-designation reflect revised air quality analysis performed after the issuance of the CND on December 9, 2016. The revised E-designation for air quality incorporates new restrictions for Building A.

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.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Spofford Campus Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on June 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Public School (PS) 48, First Floor Auditorium, 1290 Spofford Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474. The draft Scoping document is available from the contact and on line at: www.nyc.gov/oec.

The action involves a proposal by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with The Peninsula JV, LLC (The Peninsula), for a series of land use actions to facilitate the redevelopment of a City-owned site in the South Bronx. These actions would facilitate the development of a new 100% affordable mixed-use development comprised of five new buildings with up to 823,700 gross square feet of floor area in total, including up to 777 units of affordable housing comprising up to 671,800 gross square feet of residential floor area. The development would also include up to 40,000 gross square feet of community facility floor area, up to 75,700 gross square feet of commercial floor area, up to 29,800 gross square feet of light manufacturing floor area, and approximately 53,441 square feet of publicly-accessible open space (collectively, Proposed Project). The proposed project would be developed on an approximately 209,000 square foot (4.79 acre) site formerly occupied by the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, located at 1201-1231 Spofford Avenue in the Hunts Point neighborhood of Bronx Community District 2, New York. The following land use actions (collectively, Proposed Actions) are required: a disposition of City-owned property pursuant to Sections 197(c) and 384(b)(4) of the New York City Charter; a zoning map amendment to rezone the Development Site from an R6 district to an R7-2/M1-2 Special Mixed-Use District; a zoning text amendment to create new Map 1 for Bronx Community District 2 in Appendix F of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York (Zoning Resolution or ZR) to designate the Development Site as a new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing area; and a Large-Scale General Development (LSGD) Special Permit to allow (i) modifications of height and setback regulations (ZR §123-662(a)(1)) in connection with Buildings 1B, 2A, 2B and 3; (ii) modification of minimum distance between building regulations (ZR §23-711) in connection with Buildings 1A and 1B; and (iii) modification of rear yard regulations (ZR §23-47) in connection with Building 2A. The build year for the proposed project is 2024.

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


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping - Extension of Comment Period

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gowanus Canal Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Facilities Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A Draft Scope of Work (Draft Scope) has been prepared for the purpose of providing the methodology and framework for analysis of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the Gowanus Canal CSO Facilities project. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) is inviting comments on this Draft Scope from other government agencies, local municipalities, public officials, and the public. The period for submitting written comments regarding the Draft Scope (originally ending May 14, 2017) has been extended and will remain open until June 16, 2017.

NYC DEP is undertaking a project to design and construct two combined sewer overflow (CSO) facilities to reduce the volume of combined sewer overflows entering the Gowanus Canal (the Canal). This Project is part of the federally required remediation of the Canal under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or Superfund), and will be reviewed in accordance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR), and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

The project is located at: the Head End Facility: 242 Nevins Street, 234 Butler Street and 270 Nevins Street in Gowanus Brooklyn, New York and at the Owls Head Facility: 2 2nd Avenue, 110 5th Street, 122 5th Street, 22 2nd Avenue and the bed of 5th Street in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Rasheed Lucas, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-6959, E-mail: rlucas@dep.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed West 108th Street WSFSSH Development may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on June 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School - 140 West 102nd Street, New York, NY. Written comments on the Draft Scope of Work will be accepted by the lead agency until the close of business on July 3, 2017. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained from: Aaron Werner, NYC HPD, Division of Building and Land Development Services, Environmental Planning Unit, 100 Gold Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

The action involves an application by NYC HPD, on behalf of the project sponsor, the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH) for approval of several discretionary actions intended to facilitate the construction of an estimated combined 277 affordable and supportive housing units, an approximately 31,000 gross square foot transitional housing facility for older adults with approximately 110 shelter beds, and approximately 6,400 gross square foot of community facility space on currently City-owned property located along the northern side of West 108th Street, midway between Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue in the Manhattan Valley neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 7, New York.

Contact: Aaron Werner, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5953, E-mail: wernera@hpd.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed American Museum of Natural History Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on June 15, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the American Museum of Natural History, LeFrak Theater, enter at Weston Pavilion entrance, Columbus Avenue and West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted by the contact listed below until 5:00 p.m. June 26, 2017. The Draft EIS is available from the contact listed below; the St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024 and on line at: http://nyc.gov/parks/amnh-gilder.

The Gilder Center would be a five story, approximately 203,000 gross square foot addition on the west side of the Museum complex, which is located on the superblock bounded by West 81st Street, West 77th Street, Central Park West, and Columbus Avenue, in Theodore Roosevelt Park, City-owned parkland under the jurisdiction of New York City Parks in the Borough of Manhattan, New York. The proposed project would also include approximately 42,000 gross square foot of renovations to existing space and alterations to an approximately 75,000 square foot adjacent area of Theodore Roosevelt Park. The Gilder Center project would integrate the Museum's scientific research, collections, and exhibitions with its educational programming, provide new innovative exhibition space, improve circulation, and upgrade and revitalize the Museum's facilities to address critical needs. It would improve the connectivity, spatial logic, and function of the Museum's interior spaces and service areas. The Gilder Center would largely be set within the area currently occupied by the Museum; three existing buildings within the Museum complex would be removed to minimize the footprint on land that is now open space in Theodore Roosevelt Park, to about 11,600 square feet at grade (approximately a quarter acre). In the adjacent area of Theodore Roosevelt Park, paths, trees and other landscaping would be modified, removed or relocated to accommodate the proposed project. The technical analysis in the Draft EIS conclude that the proposed project has the potential to result in significant adverse environmental impacts related to transportation, historic and cultural resources, and construction. Proposed measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the project's significant adverse impacts are described in the Draft EIS; however, the demolition of one of the existing Museum buildings (Building 15) would represent an unavoidable significant impact.

Contact: Owen Wells, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, 830 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 360-3492, E-mail: owen.wells@parks.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed East 126th Street Bus Depot Memorial and Mixed-Use Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on June 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until June 19, 2017. The Draft EIS is available from the contact and on line at: www.nyc.gov/oec.

The action involves a proposal by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of the City of New York for a series of land use actions (collectively 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 foot 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 foot of commercial uses (including retail and office uses); approximately 30,000 gross square foot of community facility uses (including a 15,000 square foot 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 foot 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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