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ENB - Region 2 Notices 6/14/2017

Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Special Harlem River Waterfront District Expansion and Text will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) for a zoning map amendment and zoning text amendments (proposed actions) to the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) to (1) expand the existing Special Harlem River Waterfront District (HRW), to extend the Waterfront Access Plan (WAP) BX-1 to encompass two waterfront blocks to the south and (2) update the existing special district regulations to address flood resiliency needs, account for easements and other restrictions, ensure adequate circulation, and to provide flexible building forms to encourage the development of affordable housing. The expansion area mapped as a result of the proposed actions would become a new Subdistrict in the HRW (South Subdistrict), and the existing Special District would become the "Core Subdistrict". The proposed actions would also modify the provisions of Article I, Chapter 4, Article II, Chapter 3, Article VI, Chapter 2, Article VIII, Chapter 7, and Article XII, Chapter 3 of the ZR. The proposed actions would facilitate the improved quality of future development and active open space on the Harlem River waterfront.

As part of a separate, but related proposal, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) has proposed the redevelopment of Block 2356, Lots 2 and 72, and Block 2539, Lot 1 and p/o Lots 2 and 3, north of the existing HRW, known as Lower Concourse North (LCN). The actions include mapping the LCN project site as an expansion area that would become the "North Subdistrict" of the HRW, pending project approvals.

The HRW includes Blocks 2349 and 2323 and is located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, New York, on the eastern shore of the Harlem River. The HRW was established in 2009 as part of the area-wide Lower Concourse Rezoning (CEQR No. 08DCP071X). The rezoning also created a new Special Mixed-Use (MX) district, mapped a new Inclusionary Housing Designated Area and new waterfront parkland, established the Harlem River Waterfront Access Plan, and instituted related actions in order to create new development opportunities and open space in the underutilized parcels in the greater Lower Concourse area.

The goals of the HRW are to:

  • create a lively and attractive built environment that will provide amenities and services for the use and enjoyment of area residents, workers and visitors;
  • maximize waterfront views;
  • promote the pedestrian orientation of ground floor uses in appropriate locations;
  • encourage well-designed development that complements the built character of the neighborhood;
  • provide an open space network comprised of parks, public open space and public access areas;
  • guarantee a variety of building structures, create a varied skyline;
  • facilitate a strong streetscape, ensure a range of uses on the waterfront; and
  • encourage people to use waterfront open spaces.

The purpose and need for the proposed actions is to continue and improve upon the goals of the existing HRW, by updating the zoning text to: address new flood resiliency requirements; account for easements and other restrictions; create flexible building forms to encourage the development of affordable housing; and to ensure adequate circulation and waterfront public access to meet unique conditions, so that a greater portion of the Harlem River waterfront would be accessible to the community, and so that the anticipated waterfront development would be of an appropriate quality.

The blocks and lots in the existing HRW (Block 2349, Lots 3, 4, 15, 20, 38, 46, 47 100, 103, 107, 112, and 146, and Block 2323, Lots 5, 13, 28 and 43) are identified Parcels 1 through 9. The HRW is zoned R7-2/ C2-4 and C4-4, which permits a residential floor area ratio (FAR) of 3.0 (up to 4.0 with Inclusionary Housing), 2.0 of commercial FAR under the C2-4 commercial overlay, and 3.4 of commercial FAR under the C4-4 districts. A maximum base height of 85 feet is permitted, with a maximum tower height of 400 feet on lots larger than 100,000 square feet, and 300 feet on lots smaller than 100,000 square feet in the R7-2 and C4-4 districts, as well as a maximum tower footprint of 8,100 square feet. A 2.26 acre park is also mapped within the boundaries of the HRW, but has not yet been built.

The area in the existing HRW currently contains an open construction waste facility, bus parking, self-storage facility, auto sales, a Con Edison muster site and parking, and a moving and storage company. The CEQR review for the Lower Concourse Rezoning anticipated that area within the HRW would be developed with 2,443 dwelling units (DUs), 563,589 gross square feet of commercial and community facility space, and 149,110 square feet of open space, including the mapped parkland. To date, this development has not occurred.

The two waterfront blocks in the proposed South Subdistrict, located in Port Morris, were included in the 2005 Port Morris/Bruckner Boulevard Rezoning (CEQR No. 05DCP005X). The purpose of the rezoning was to permit a mix of industrial and residential uses, building on a 1997 rezoning that established the first Mixed Use district in the city (MX-1). The proposed South Subdistrict includes these two blocks (Block 2319, Lots, 2, 37, 55, 60, 98, 99, 100, 108, 109, 112, 155 and 200, and 2316, Lots 1 and 35), which are proposed to be identified as HRW Parcels 11 through 21. Currently mapped in the Special Mixed Use District (MX-1), these blocks have an underlying zoning designation of M1-3/R8. The underlying zoning would not change as part of the proposed actions, however the two blocks would become part of the HRW in place of their current designation in the MX-1.

The MX-1 district permits residential uses at a maximum FAR of 6.02, and light manufacturing and commercial uses at an FAR of 5.0. Buildings may reach maximum height of 210 feet, with up to 40 feet of additional height for a tower top articulation. The areas within the proposed South Subdistrict currently contain buildings with light manufacturing uses, a mixed-use building with commercial office and light manufacturing uses, a vacant manufacturing building, an empty lot, and a personal storage facility. Access to the waterfront blocks is limited.

Two future developments requiring New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) waterfront certifications are anticipated in the proposed South Subdistrict. The first, located at 2401 3rd Avenue (Block 2319, Lot 2) (CEQR No. 16DCP050X), received approval of its waterfront certification that, due to an intervening City-owned zoning lot on the shoreline, no Waterfront Public Access Area (WPAA) is required, in 2015. The underlying MX-1 zoning provisions require a 30 foot waterfront yard, however, this waterfront open space would not need to be publicly accessible. Block 2319, Lot 2 will be developed with an approximately 368,000 gsf mixed-use building containing residential, commercial, and community facility uses, including 450 DUs. The second proposed development, located at 101 Lincoln Avenue (Block 2316, Lots 1 and 35) (CEQR No. 17DCP170X), is planned pending approval of its proposed waterfront certification, and would be developed with an approximately 830,000 gsf mixed-use building containing residential, commercial and community facility uses, including 985 DUs. The planned development on Block 2316, Lots 1 and 35 would be subject to a WPAA as part of its approvals under the current underlying zoning, as the site abuts the shoreline. Should the proposed actions for the HRW be approved prior to the vesting of either of the above-mentioned planned developments, they would be subject to the applicable provisions in the proposed HRW Special District text, including the provision of a 40 foot WPAA along the shoreline.

Following the adoption of the Lower Concourse Rezoning, NYC DCP learned that the size of an easement on Parcel 1 (Block 2349, Lot 112) in the existing HRW was larger than previously thought. The easement, along with another easement for the future expansion of the Major Deegan Expressway, and the provisions in the current HRW Special District zoning text, imposes restrictions on the future building envelope. The maximum FAR permitted in the zoning could not be achieved on the site. A building on Parcel 1 could nonetheless contain the same uses, including the same number of DUs, however, the building footprint would be constrained, and would result in less space for uses and smaller DUs. The proposed zoning text amendments therefore include provisions to loosen the zoning restrictions relating to the building envelope, street and ground floor uses on Parcel 1, to allow for greater building envelope flexibility. These changes would permit future development on the site to reach the maximum available FAR.

The proposed actions also address recent updates to flood resiliency regulations affecting flood resilient construction. The proposed amendments minimize blank walls and their visibility from surrounding streets and open areas. The proposed actions also address the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) revised 2015 Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), which expanded the extent of the 1% annual chance floodplain throughout the city, including throughout portions of the existing HRW and proposed South Subdistrict. The proposed amendments would also address better preparing future development anticipated in the HRW for the future 100-year floodplain expansion, which is expected due to sea level rise.

The underlying zoning districts of the blocks already within the HRW, as well as the blocks in the proposed South Subdistrict, would not change. The proposed actions would not induce new development compared to what was previously analyzed in the environmental reviews for the Lower Concourse and Port Morris/Bruckner Boulevard rezonings. Consequently, specific development sites have not been identified. The proposed actions would modify the general public access requirements of waterfront zoning within the HRW WAP, and would contain provisions for the locations and configuration of shore public walkways, upland connections, supplemental public access areas, and visual corridors. The proposed actions would not increase density or reduce the amount or quality of available open space within the existing HRW (the proposed future Core Subdistrict).

The HRW WAP would also be expanded to include the proposed South Subdistrict. The lots facing the waterfront in the proposed South Subdistrict are not currently mapped within a WAP. Waterfront lots are currently subject to a 30 foot waterfront yard requirement on per the underlying zoning regulations in the MX-1, and are subject to a WPAA if they directly abut the shoreline. As mentioned above, should the approvals for the proposed actions precede the vesting of the planned development on Block 2349, Lot 112, the provision of a 40 foot WPAA along the shoreline would be required for that development. The amount of publicly accessible open space that would then be developed in the South Subdistrict would increase by approximately 17,824 sf with the proposed actions.

The proposed modifications to the HRW district text also include provisions to improve urban design elements, including providing greater flexibility for streetscape regulations and building design, promoting active uses on street corners, and promoting resiliency measures, as well as permitting sidewalk cafés. Other text amendments include reorganizing the provisions in the existing text to account for the new provisions, but these edits to the ZR would be for clerical purposes and have no practical effect.

Absent the proposed actions, the existing HRW text provisions would remain, and the South Subdistrict would not be mapped. Future development on blocks in the existing HRW would continue as projected in the prior rezoning. The special district text would continue to contain its current provisions, regulating: the location of commercial space in mixed use buildings; ground floor uses; transparency requirements; security gates; special residential and retail floor area requirements; floor area rules for parcels containing newly mapped streets; maximum width of establishments; location of building entrances; special yard, height and setback regulations; permitted obstructions; street wall location and building base; tower heights, location, articulation and setbacks; design requirements for fire apparatus access roads; parking; curb cuts; and the current HRW WAP. The blocks in the proposed South Subdistrict would continue to be regulated solely by the underlying Special Mixed-Use District (MX-1), and would not be subject to the HRW WAP. Due to the presence of city-owned lots fronting the shoreline, most blocks would not be subject to waterfront public access requirements, but would be subject to a 30 foot waterfront yard requirement on waterfront lots per the underlying zoning regulations.

As mentioned above, development projected on sites within the existing and proposed HRW has not yet occurred as analyzed in the environmental review for the Lower Concourse and Port Morris Bruckner Boulevard rezonings. Development is now nonetheless expected to occur as projected, due to improving economic conditions. The analysis year for the proposed actions is 2027, to analyze the effect of the proposed actions on future development of multiple sites as projected.

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 (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed East River Fifties Sutton Place Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, East River Fifties Alliance, Inc., and co‐applicants Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York City Council Members Daniel Garodnick and Ben Kallos, and New York State Senator Liz Krueger for approval of a series of zoning text amendments to create contextual zoning regulations and to establish a voluntary Inclusionary Housing Designated Area (IHDA) in the East River Fifties/Sutton Place neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 6, New York. The Proposed Action would require new developments to comply with maximum building height and façade articulation requirements, and would map an Inclusionary Housing Designated Area (IHDA) coterminous with the Affected Area. The directly Affected Area consists of all or portions of 10 tax blocks which are generally bounded by the East River / FDR Drive to the east, East 59th Street to the north, 100 feet east of First Avenue to the west, and mid‐block between East 51st Street and East 52nd Street to the south.

The land use action (Proposed Action) includes: (1) a zoning text amendment to create contextual zoning regulations for a defined "East River Fifties Area" that would modify the application of the existing R10 zoning district in the Affected Area relating to bulk and use within the East River Fifties Area; and (2) a zoning text amendment to Appendix F of the Zoning Resolution (ZR) to establish an Inclusionary Housing Designated Area (IHDA) coterminous with the Affected Area. The proposed text amendment would modify the existing IH program as it applies to the East River Fifties Area and would permit a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 13.0, with up to 12.0 FAR for residential uses (with Inclusionary Housing), and 1.0 FAR for community facility uses. The proposed text amendment would award bonus residential floor area at a rate of 1.25 square feet of bonus residential floor area for every one square foot of affordable floor area. Full participation would result in 1.6 FAR of affordable residential floor area, in exchange for 2.0 FAR of bonus residential floor area. In addition, developments participating in the IH program would be entitled to a maximum FAR of 13, which would allow 1.0 FAR of community facility space.

The Proposed Action would require new development to comply with Quality Housing regulations. Sites being developed under the proposed IH program would have a maximum height of 260 feet on both wide and narrow streets. All other development would be subject to maximum building heights of 210 feet on narrow streets and 235 within 100 feet of a wide street. The Proposed Action would also require façade articulation along streetwall segments over 80 feet wide.

Currently, the Affected Area is zoned R10, with a C2-5 commercial overlay on a small portion of Block 1370. R10 zoning districts allow for a maximum FAR of 10.0 for residential and community facility uses. The voluntary R10 IH program permits a 20 percent (2.0 FAR) increase in residential floor area in exchange for providing 4.76 percent of units as affordable housing. In terms of built form, R10 districts do not have maximum building heights under standard tower and tower‐on‐a‐base regulations as long as certain provisions regarding setbacks from narrow and wide streets are met. There are no height limits unless the building is constructed pursuant to optional Quality Housing regulations. Under Quality Housing, there is a maximum building height of 185 feet on narrow streets and 210 feet (or 215 feet with a qualifying ground floor) within 100 feet of a wide street.

Four Projected Development Sites (including one site on which three buildings are projected to be developed) have been identified as likely to be redeveloped as a result of the Proposed Action. While it is not known whether development would occur pursuant to the voluntary IH program as proposed, the assumptions provide a sufficiently conservative analysis framework for environmental review purposes. Redevelopment of the sites would result in shorter buildings than what is currently permitted by zoning on three of the sites. All four sites are expected to include more affordable housing than under the current R10 IH program. The With-Action condition could result in the development of 731 market rate units and 92 affordable units pursuant to the proposed IH regulations, for a total of 823 units. Community facility uses are anticipated to be developed on two of the Projected Development Sites, for a total of 83,764 square feet of community facility space. Building heights are expected to range from 159 feet to 260 feet, and one building is anticipated to be developed to a height of 537 feet.

Absent the Proposed Action, development in the Affected Area is expected to occur pursuant to the current zoning regulations. The No‐Action condition would result in the development of 848 market rate units and 40 affordable units assuming a 4.76 percent affordability rate pursuant to the voluntary R10 IH program for a total of 888 units. With one exception, building heights are projected to be over 490 feet with one building developed to a height of 1,000 feet.

Compared to the No-Action Condition, the Proposed Action would result in an incremental decrease of 117 market rate dwelling units and an incremental increase of 52 affordable dwelling units, resulting in an overall decrease of 65 dwelling units. There would also be an increase of 79,210 square feet of Community Facility space.

It is expected that development of the four Projected Development Sites would be completed by 2027.

To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials, air quality and noise, an (E) designation (E-420) has been incorporated into the proposed actions.

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 (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed West Village Houses Parking Authorization will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, West Village Houses Housing Development Fund Corporation, for a Zoning Authorization pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 13-443 (Reduction in the number of required existing parking spaces) to eliminate the parking requirement for an existing residential development (West Village House), in connection with an existing garage located at 738-742 Greenwich Street (Project Site) in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 2, New York. The project site, which is located on the southeast corner of the block bounded by West 11th, Greenwich, Perry, and Washington Streets, is also situated within the Greenwich Village Historic District, a New York City Landmark District as well as a State and National Register District. While no specific development is anticipated by the Applicant, at this time, the Proposed Action would facilitate future redevelopment of the project site (738-742 Greenwich Street).

The project site is currently occupied by a four story parking garage containing 240 spaces, which provides required accessory parking spaces for the nearby West Village Houses development, a cooperative of 42 buildings with 428 apartments spread across six blocks west of Washington Street between Bank Street and Morton Street, constructed in the 1970s. According to the Applicant, the number of West Village Houses residents using the garage is lower than the required accessory parking spaces (168 required spaces). The remaining 72 parking spaces are used as public parking, as allowed within the Manhattan Core pursuant to ZR Section 13-07 (Existing Buildings and Off-Street Parking Facilities).

The project site is located within a C1-6A Zoning District, a contextual district which is equivalent to an R7A Zoning District. C1-6A districts permit residential and community facility Use Groups (UG) 1-4 and commercial UG 5-6. Retail uses are permitted a maximum Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 2.0., while residential uses are permitted an FAR of up to 4.0. Commercial uses in a mixed-use building are limited to the ground floor, limiting the commercial FAR to 1.0. Contextual height and setback regulations ensure that new development matches the scale of the surrounding buildings.

The proposed Zoning Authorization would provide greater flexibility for the repurposing or redevelopment of the Project Site. For the purpose of presenting a conservative analysis, an Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) prepared in connection with the Proposed Action analyzes a future development scenario that assumes that the existing parking garage would be demolished and the project site would be redeveloped with a 44,000 gross square foot six-story mixed-use building. The development is assumed to contain approximately 11,000 gross square foot of retail space and 33,000 gross square foot of residential uses, with a total of 39 market-rate residential dwelling units.

Absent the proposed actions, the EAS assumed that the project site would remain the same as under the existing conditions.

The analysis year for the Proposed Action is 2020.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: o_abinad@planning.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - 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 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, Park Lane Residences Co., for a Zoning Map Amendment from an R6 district to (a) an R8/C2-4 district and (b) an R8 district (together, Zoning Map Amendment), and a Zoning Text Amendment to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 23-933 (Inclusionary Housing) Appendix F to establish a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) area (Zoning Text Amendment) affecting a portion of a property at 1965 Lafayette Avenue (Rezoning Area) in the Soundview neighborhood of Bronx Community District 9, New York. The Rezoning Area is located on the western portion of the block which is bounded by Turnbull Avenue to the north, Pugsley Avenue to the east, Lafayette Avenue to the south, and White Plains Road to the west. The proposed Zoning Map Amendment and Zoning Text Amendment (Proposed Actions) would facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to construct two attached predominantly residential buildings comprising a combined total of 384,271 gross square foot, including approximately 425 affordable residential units, 19,938 gross square foot of local retail space, and 67 accessory parking spaces in a cellar-level garage (Proposed Development).

In connection with the Proposed Development, the Applicant proposes traffic signal timing adjustments and a roadway striping change at the intersection of Story Avenue and White Plains Road. The provision of these traffic improvement measures would be incorporated into a restrictive declaration that would be recorded against the Rezoning Area (Restrictive Declaration). The Restrictive Declaration would restrict the manner in which the Rezoning Area may be developed or redeveloped by requiring the Declarant to notify the New York City Department of Transportation and Development (NYC DOT) prior to issuance of the first temporary or permanent certificate of occupancy for any portion of the Proposed Development.

In addition to the aforementioned actions, the Applicant seeks discretionary financing for the residential component of the Proposed Development from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD). The sources of funding for the project are expected to include construction financing through NYC HPD's Mixed Middle Income Mix and Match Program, and Senior Affordable Rental Apartments (SARA) Program among other potential NYC HPD funding sources. The Applicant also seeks NYC HPD and New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal (NYS DHCR) approvals for the Proposed Development. A coordinated review was conducted for this project, with NYC HPD and NYC HDC acting as involved agencies.

The rezoning area comprises an approximately 107,888 square foot portion of Block 3672. The entirety of the Block is currently zoned R6. R6 zoning districts allow for two sets of bulk regulations: "Height Factor" regulations, which produce small multi-family buildings on small zoning lots and, on larger lots, tall buildings set back from the street; and "Quality Housing" regulations, which produce high lot coverage buildings with height limits that often reflect the scale of pre-1961 apartment buildings. Under Height Factor regulations, the maximum permitted residential FAR (Use Groups 1 and 2) ranges from 0.78 to 2.43. Under Quality Housing regulations, the maximum permitted residential FAR is 3.0 on wide streets outside of the Manhattan Core (i.e. the area outside of Manhattan Community Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8) and 2.2 on narrow streets. Community facility uses (Use Groups 3 and 4) are permitted up to 4.8 FAR in R6 districts.

The Rezoning Area is currently developed with a 400,932 gross square foot, 21 story building with 353 affordable residential units pursuant to the Mitchell Lama program (Park Lane Apartment Building), and 103 surface parking spaces that are accessory to the building. Recreational areas, including play areas, sitting areas, and two swimming pools, the location of which, in relation to lot lines, was approved in 1966 by the Board of Standards and Appeals, occupy portions of the Rezoning Area, and are accessory to the Park Lane Apartment Building. Outside of the Rezoning Area, the remainder of the block is occupied with 122 surface parking spaces that are also accessory to the Park Lane Apartment Bulding. The entire block was conveyed to the developer from the city in 1968, and was developed under the Mitchell Lama program. The Park Lane Apartment Building received its permanent certificate of occupancy in 1972. In connection with this transfer of ownership, a deed restriction was executed, providing that, for a period of 50 years from the date of completion of the Park Lane Apartment Building, any changes in the use of land, as specified in the plan for the Park Lane Apartment Building, requires the consent of NYS DHCR and NYC HPD.

The proposed R8/C2-4 rezoning and MIH Text Amendment would allow a maximum FAR of 7.2 of residential uses (Use Groups 1 and 2), a maximum FAR of 6.5 of community facility uses (Use Groups 3 and 4), and a maximum FAR of 2.0 of commercial uses (Use Groups 5-9 and 14). Upon approval of the proposed R8/C2-4 district, the Applicant intends to develop the Proposed Development, which would consist of two attached 14 story buildings (Affordable Family Building and Affordable Senior Building) totaling 425 affordable residential units, 19,938 gross square foot of local retail space, and 67 accessory parking spaces in a cellar level garage. The Affordable Family Building would provide approximately 292 affordable dwelling units for families and the proposed 19,938 gross square foot of local retail space, while it is anticipated that the Affordable Senior Building would provide 133 affordable senior housing units pursuant to the SARA program. The Proposed Development would also include 67 below grade accessory parking spaces and 42 surface accessory parking spaces, and an increase in surface accessory parking spaces on the eastern portion of the lot, from 122 to 159. With the proposed Text Amendment, the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Options 1 and 2 would be mapped coterminous with the Rezoning Area. Under Option 1, 25 percent of residential floor area would be affordable for residents with incomes averaging 60% AMI (of which 10% would be affordable at 40% AMI). Under Option 2, 30 percent of residential floor area would be affordable for residents with incomes averaging 80% AMI.

The Proposed Development is expected to be completed in 2020. Absent the Proposed Actions, the Development Site would remain as the existing conditions.

The conditions are:

The Applicant agrees to contact the NYC DOT, prior to the issuance of the first temporary or permanent certificate of occupancy for any portion of the Proposed Development, to inform them of the need to implement the following traffic improvement measures:

  • Transferring one second of green time at the intersection of Story Avenue and White Plains Road from the northbound/southbound signal phase to the eastbound/westbound signal phase in the weekday AM and PM and Saturday midday peak hours; and
  • Converting the curb lane on the southbound approach of White Plains Road at Story Avenue from a parking lane to a right turn lane.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: o_abinad@planning.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration - Revised

Staten Island County (Richmond) - 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. This revised Conditional Negative Declaration supersedes the Conditioned Negative Declaration issued on December 9, 2016. This posting supersedes the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) posting on May 24, 2017.

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 foot of residential space, 24,173 gross square foot of commercial space, 102,954 square foot 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:

The revised Conditioned Negative Declaration incorporates changes to the E-designation (E-401) for air quality. The changes to the E-designation reflect revised air quality analyses performed after the issuance of the Conditioned Negative Declaration 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.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft GEIS

Bronx County (Bronx) - 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 Lower Concourse North Project. The Notice of Completion and the Draft GEIS were issued by the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development on March 16, 2017, which marked the beginning of the public comment period on this document. A public hearing on the Draft GEIS will be held in conjunction with the public hearing on the associated Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications at a date to be announced later The Draft GEIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: www.nyc.gov/oec.

Following the publication of the Draft GEIS, a calculation error of the width increment threshold (WIT) for the subway station analysis was discovered. Accordingly, on June 9, 2017, a Technical Memorandum (TM001) was issued to consider whether the calculation error would result in any new or different significant adverse environmental impacts that were not already identified in the Draft GEIS. The analysis conducted in TM001 will also be incorporated into the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final GEIS). A public hearing on the Draft GEIS and TM001 will be held at a date to be announced. Advance notice will be advertised stating the time and place of the hearing. Written comments on the Draft GEIS and TM001 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 New York City Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of the City of New York, is proposing a series of land use actions to activate a city-owned site along the Harlem River waterfront, referred to as the Lower Concourse North site, with new affordable and market-rate housing, commercial and community facility uses, and public open space. It is assumed that the City of New York would design and construct the required waterfront open space at a future date per a design that would be completed in coordination with a specific development plan for the site once a developer has been selected. For the purposes of presenting a conservative analysis, the Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario anticipates that the project site would be redeveloped with up to 1,045 residential dwelling units, comprising a total residential floor area of 835,937 gross square feet; 50,000 gross square feet of retail space; 25,000 gross square feet of food store space; 25,000 gross square feet of medical office space; and 50,000 gross square feet of office space. Roughly three acres of open space comprising waterfront open space, an extension of Mill Pond Park, and a new plaza fronting along Exterior Street would be created as part of the proposed project. The build year for the proposed project is 2023. The project is located in the Borough of the Bronx, New York.

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


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Staten Island County (Richmond) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed South Avenue Retail Development. 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. Hard copies of the Draft EIS are available from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/eis-documents.page.

The action involves the consideration of discretionary actions (proposed actions) proposed by the applicant, Josif A LLC, to facilitate a proposed retail development, located near the intersection of Forest Avenue and South Avenue in Staten Island (proposed project). The development site is located at 534 South Avenue in the Mariners Harbor neighborhood of Staten Island Community District 1, New York. The 28.3 acre project site is located in a M1-1 zoning district and is bounded by Forest Avenue and Wemple Street (which is mapped but not built) to the north, South Avenue to the east, Amador Street (which is mapped but not built) to the south, and Morrow Street (which is partially built and partially unbuilt) to the west.

The applicant is requesting a special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-922 to allow retail establishments with Use Group (UG) 6 and UG 10A uses in excess of 10,000 zoning square feet in an M1-1 district. In addition, the applicant is requesting an amendment to the City Map to demap portions of Garrick Street, Amador Street, Albany Avenue, and Morrow Street (unbuilt streets) and to map a new section of Morrow Street; the mapping action would also realign the intersection of Morrow Street and Forest Avenue. The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop a total of 219,377 zoning square feet (or approximately 226,000 gross square feet) of UG 6, UG 10A, and UG 16 uses, and 838 required accessory parking spaces.

The applicant is requesting the following discretionary actions:

  • A special permit pursuant to ZR Section 74-922 to allow retail establishments with UG 6 and UG 10A uses in excess of 10,000 zoning square feet in an M1-1 district, contrary to the existing regulations of ZR Section 42-12. The proposed development would conform to existing zoning regulations with respect to building bulk and the provision of accessory parking spaces.
  • An amendment to the City Map to demap portions of Garrick Street, Amador Street, and Albany Avenue, and Morrow Street (unbuilt streets), to map new sections of Morrow Street, and to realign the intersection of Morrow Street and Forest Avenue.

In addition to the New York City Planning Commission actions, a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) freshwater wetlands permit is required for development on the site. However, the proposed project avoids all regulated jurisdictional waters and wetlands of the United States within the development site and does not require a United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Section 10 or 404 permit.

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.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Baychester Square (aka Gun Hill Square). The Final EIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/oec/environmental-quality-review/14DME010X.page.

The action involves an application is for several discretionary actions to facilitate the construction of a pedestrian-oriented open-air urban shopping center and senior housing development in the Baychester neighborhood of the Bronx: Disposition of New York City owned property to a private applicant through New York City (NYC) Uniform Land Use Review Procedure under New York City Charter Section 197(c) and Mayoral Approval pursuant to New York City Charter Section 384(b)(4) (authorization by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Board of Directors of the surrender of the MTA's leasehold interest in the project site will be required prior to the disposition approval); a rezoning of the project site from M1-1 to C4-3; a zoning text amendment to establish Mandatory Inclusionary Housing in the rezoning area; zoning special permits from the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) pursuant to NYC Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-74 for a Large-Scale General Development (LSGD) applicable to the project site to allow modifications in order to achieve a superior site plan; a zoning text amendment to ZR Section 74-744(a) to allow a fitness center in the context of a LSGD; and a special permit from the NYCPC pursuant to ZR Section 74-53 to allow for an accessory group parking facility with more than the prescribed maximum number of parking spaces for a LSGD.

The 12.6 acre project site would be developed with approximately 395,016 gross square feet of local and destination retail, restaurants, and fitness uses of up to approximately 40,000 gross square feet. The proposed development would also include up to 180 affordable senior housing units (181,370 gross square feet). A total of 1,169 accessory parking spaces would be provided for the proposed commercial and residential uses (at-grade and in parking garage). In addition, the proposed development would include approximately one acre of privately-owned, publicly accessible open space.

The project is located at 825 East Gun Hill Road in the Borough of the Bronx, New York.

Contact: Esther Brunner, New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 676-3293, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov.


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