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ENB - Region 2 Notices 7/5/2017

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) New York City Transit, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant for the Lexington Ave Subway Line between 33rd St./Park Ave South & Grand Central Terminal/42nd St. Stations. The Final EIS is available from the Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street., New York, NY 10010; the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016; the Grand Central Branch Library, 135 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017; the Kip's Bay Library, 446 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016; the Manhattan Community Board 6, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 308, New York, NY 10017; the Manhattan Community Board 5, 450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2109, New York, NY 10123 and on line at: http://web.mta.info/mta/planning/index.html

The action involves the construction and operation of a new emergency ventilation plant (EVP) to provide necessary mechanical ventilation to serve the Lexington Avenue Subway Line between the 33rd Street/Park Avenue South Station and the Grand Central/42nd Street Station, located on Park Avenue in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, which currently has no such protection for Fire-Life Safety. The EVP would be located below grade within the Murray Hill Historic District which is designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the New York State Historic Preservation Office, and the National Register of Historic Places.

The Final EIS evaluated the Proposed Action for potential environmental impacts (generally related to construction impacts); transportation (traffic, parking, pedestrian and transit); air quality; noise and vibration; historical and cultural resources; social and economic conditions (community facilities and services, open space/parkland and recreational facilities, community character, urban design, visual resources, environmental justice and public health); natural resources; contaminated and hazardous materials; infrastructure, energy and solid waste; safety and security; cumulative effects; irretrievable and irreversible commitments of resources; unavoidable adverse impacts; and growth inducing aspects of the proposed action.

The action evaluated thirteen 13 alternative sites which were initially identified in the project Draft Scoping Document, issued May 18, 2016. The alternatives considered the siting of the EVP at 13 potential locations between 36th to 39th Streets: on the side streets east and west of Park Avenue; and, on northbound (NB) Park Avenue. From among these 13 alternatives, two Candidate Alternatives, 11 & 12, were identified for further evaluation. After the Final Scoping Document and Alternative Analysis/Feasibility Evaluation were issued on February 8, 2017, MTA NYCT identified, two (2) additional options that it judged offered the potential to reduce EVP facility presence on Park Avenue. This would be achieved by placing elements of the EVP on side streets; these options are referred to as Alternatives 11A and 12A. These two (2) additional options, along with Candidate Alternatives 11 and 12, previously identified in the Scoping documents, and the No Action Alternative were evaluated in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS).

Alternative 11 is located along Park Avenue NB between East 37th and East 39th Streets; and, Alternative 11A presents an "L" shaped configuration, with one "leg" on Park Avenue NB between East 38th and East 39th Streets and the other "leg" on E 38th Street, east from Park Avenue. Alternative 12 is located on Park Avenue NB between East 36th and East 38th Streets; and, Alternative 12A presents an "L" shaped configuration, with one "leg" on Park Avenue NB between East 36th and East 37th Streets and the other "leg" on East 37th Street, east from Park Avenue.

NYCT analysis during the DEIS process indicated that Alternatives 11A and 12A would engender significantly more adverse engineering and environmental effects/impacts than Candidate Alternatives 11 & 12. Further analysis determined that between Candidate Alternatives 11 and 12, Candidate Alternative 12 indicates a greater potential to minimize significant adverse impacts than Candidate Alternative 11. This difference results from consideration of an Oil-o-Static line and associated manhole located in Park Avenue NB; specifically, Candidate Alternative 11 would require the relocation of the Oil-o-Static line and associated manhole whereas Alternative 12 would minimize effects on that utility. Thus, NYCT considered and identified Alternative 12 to be the tentative preferred alternative upon issuance of the DEIS.

The Draft EIS was issued on March 15, 2017 and a Public Hearing was held on April 5, 2017; the associated comment period for the Draft EIS closed on April 28, 2017. During the Draft EIS comment period, over 120 commenters submitted commentary to NYCT (in letters, "online" on the website, and oral and written testimony).

NYCT reviewed and responded to all of the comments and appended the Response to Comments to the subsequently prepared Final EIS. As a result of the NYCT's review of all the comments from the public and elected officials, NYCT has concluded that Candidate Alternative 12 is the Preferred Alternative which, in aggregate, based on engineering, economic and environmental factors, provides the greatest potential to minimize significant adverse effects/impacts during construction and operation.

Contact: Emil F. Dul, MTA New York City Transit, 2 Broadway, 5th Floor, New , NY 10004 , Phone: (646) 252-2405, E-mail: Emil.Dul@NYCT.com.


Queens County (Queens) - 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 Downtown Far Rockaway Redevelopment Project, The Final EIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/oec/environmental-quality-review/16DME010Q.page.

The City of New York, acting through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), and the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services is proposing several discretionary land use actions including zoning map amendments, zoning text amendments, disposition of property, and the designation and approval of an Urban Renewal Area (URA) and Plan (URP) to implement recommendations of a comprehensive plan to redevelop and revitalize the Downtown Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, Community District 14, New York.

The proposed actions would affect an approximately 23 block area of the Downtown Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens (Project Area). The Proposed Downtown Far Rockaway Urban Renewal Area (DFRURA), which is proposed for redevelopment by the City of New York, is an approximately 13 acre portion of the Project Area. For this area, New York City, through NYC HPD, is proposing the designation of the DFRURA, the approval of the URP, and disposition of property within the DFRURA. The proposed urban renewal strategy is intended to complement the proposed rezoning and Special District text as well as facilitate site assemblage and redevelopment. The Disposition Sites include two City-owned parcels, one of which is under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority while the second site is under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Sanitation. The Disposition Sites would be disposed of by sale or lease for redevelopment with housing, community facility space, commercial space, and/or retail space.

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) 676-3203, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov.


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