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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/31/2017

Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York City Police Department (NYPD) Property Clerk Warehouse Consolidation Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The NYPD in conjunction with the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services seeks to acquire approximately 384,631 square feet of privately owned property for use as a central warehouse for storage of records and evidence (Project Site). The project site is located at 55-15 Grand Avenue in the Maspeth neighborhood of Queens Community District 5, New York. The project involves the site selection and acquisition of property. As part of the acquisition, the New York City would enter into an agreement that allows the current owner/operator continued use of the site for up to approximately 24 months to enable the existing manufacturing business on the project site time to complete construction of their new manufacturing facility in a different location. New York City is pursuing the purchase of the Grand Avenue property now to ensure that the site is not sold to another party.

The NYPD currently has 498,500 gross square feet of warehousing facilities across the City that they are trying to replace and consolidate at the project site. The project site currently contains six interconnected buildings consisting of approximately 296,550 gross square feet. Of this existing floor area, approximately 129,040 gross square feet would be demolished and approximately 167,510 gross square feet would remain. A new warehouse of approximately 249,290 gross square feet would be constructed in the northern portion of the project site for a total of approximately 416,800 gross square feet of on-site building area under proposed With-Action conditions. The portions of the existing buildings that would be retained would be repurposed for administrative uses and conventional rack storage, whereas the new warehouse space proposed to be constructed on the northern portion of the property would have ceiling heights of up to 70 feet tall to allow for use of tall racking storage systems such as an Automated Storage and Retrieval System.

Contact: Esther Brunner, New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 676-3293, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Educational Construction Fund (NYC ECF), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 80 Flatbush Avenue 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 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the New York City Board of Education, 131 Livingston Street, Rooms 508A/B, Brooklyn, NY.

The action involves a proposal by the co-applicants, NYC ECF and 80 Flatbush Avenue, LLC, for a rezoning and other actions in connection with a project located at 80 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn Community District (CD) 2, New York. The proposed actions would allow the construction of a mixed-use development on the project site, which includes a replacement facility for an existing high school and a new primary school as well as residential, commercial, office, retail, and cultural community facility use. It is possible that some of the commercial space could be utilized as joint live-work space. The proposed project would redevelop the site with up to 922 residential units (approximately 830,000 gross square feet), of which up to 225 would be affordable, 245,000 gross square feet of office, 150 spaces of below-grade accessory parking, a 350 seat primary school, a 350 seat high school, 50,000 gross square feet of retail, and a 15,000 gross square feet cultural facility. Two of the existing school buildings currently on the project site would be retained and adaptively reused in the proposed development. The total area of the proposed project would be approximately 1,255,000 gross square feet. It is anticipated that site preparation and construction for the project would commence in 2019 and is expected it would be complete and operational in 2025.

Contact: Jennifer Maldonado, NYC ECF, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, 4th Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101, E-mail: KhalilGibran80Flatbush@ schools.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Bedford Union Armory Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS and Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) will be noticed at a later date. The Draft EIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/oec/environmental-quality review/16DME005K.page.

The action involves a proposal by the City of New York in partnership with Bedford Courts LLC, the selected developer, is for a series of discretionary approvals to facilitate the redevelopment of the historic Bedford Union Armory located at 1555 Bedford Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, into an approximately 542,393 gross square feet three building mixed-use development. Specifically, the redevelopment would result in approximately 390 residential dwelling units (DUs), including approximately 177 affordable DUs; up to 48,997 gross square feet of office space; up to 18,122 gross square feet of academic space; approximately 72,252 gross square feet of community facility space; and a minimum of 118 parking spaces. The dominant components of the Bedford Union Armory would be preserved while two new buildings would be located on the property.

The selected developer is seeking discretionary approvals including the disposition of New York City owned land through sale and long-term lease, zoning map and text amendments, and special permits to facilitate the proposed development. The New York City Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development and the selected developer, will be the applicant for a zoning text amendment, a zoning map amendment, a special permit for a large-scale general development plan, and a parking related special permit. The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services is the applicant only for the disposition action, which requires New York City Mayoral approval pursuant to Section 384(b)(4) of the New York City Charter.

Contact: Esther Brunner, New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 676-3293, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Self-storage Text Amendment. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held at a later date to be announced, in conjunction with the New York City Planning Commission's citywide public hearing pursuant to Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Written comments on the Draft EIS are requested and will be received and considered by the Lead Agency until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing. The Draft EIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/eis-documents.page.

The action involves a proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning for a citywide zoning text amendment to establish a Special Permit under the jurisdiction of the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) for all new self-storage development in the proposed "Designated Areas." The proposed Designated Areas, all located in Manufacturing (M) districts, would largely coincide with Industrial Business Zones and would be established as text maps. A Special Permit is a discretionary action by the NYCPC that may modify use regulations if certain conditions specified in the Zoning Resolution are met.

Self-storage typically occupies large sites near Designated Truck Routes, which could provide potential siting opportunities for future industrial, more job-intensive businesses. The primary intent of this proposal is to establish a framework to conduct a case-by-case, site-specific review to ensure that the development of self-storage facilities does not occur on sites that should remain available to more job-intensive industrial uses. Additionally, a case-by-case framework would allow self-storage facilities to locate in Designated Areas in M districts on sites where self-storage facilities are found to be appropriate. The measure would significantly advance New York City's economic development objectives for Industrial Business Zones by preserving adequate sites for industrial businesses. However, numerous factors influence the kind of uses that are developed in any given area, and it is understood that the proposed action alone will not in itself induce industrial development, which are already permitted as-of-right in M districts. This action solely aims to improve future siting opportunities for industrial businesses in New York City.

The proposed Designated Areas (the areas that would be directly affected by the proposed text amendment) in M districts are New York City's most active industrial areas, encompassing 10,254 acres and portions of 27 Community Districts across Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx. All of the proposed Designated Areas are zoned for M1, M2 and M3 with FARs of 1, 2 or 5, respectively. Within the proposed Designated Areas, there are 65 self-storage facilities, representing about one quarter of all self-storage facilities in New York City.

It is expected that the likely effects of the proposed text would be to affect the amount and location of future self-storage facilities. Specifically, the proposed text amendment may result in a slight decrease in the number of self-storage facilities that would be developed in the foreseeable future, decreasing the projected amount from 86 to 81 in the foreseeable future. For the purposes of this analysis, the foreseeable future is defined as a ten-year period resulting in an analysis year of 2027.

Based on past and current development trends, it is projected that in the future without the proposed text amendment, there would be a total of 86 self-storage facilities developed in New York City. Of these 86 facilities, 20 are projected to be located within the areas proposed to be Designated Areas and 66 would be developed in M and C8 districts outside of the Designated Areas, where these uses are currently permitted. In the future with the proposed text amendment, there are projected to be 81 self-storage facilities, with 11 facilities located within the areas proposed to be Designated Areas and 70 facilities proposed to be developed in M and C8 districts. In total, there could be five fewer self-storage facilities overall by 2027, with nine fewer in Designated Areas, and four more in M and C8 districts outside of the Designated Areas.

The project is located throughout New York City, New York.

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.


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