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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/16/2017

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Inwood Rezoning Proposal 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 September 25, 2017. A public scoping session will be held on September 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the JHS 52, Inwood Junior High School, 650 Academy Street, New York, NY 10034. English-Spanish conversion will be available during the public scoping session. The Draft Scope of Work is available in English and Spanish on line at: https://a002-ceqraccess.nyc.gov/ceqr/.

The City of New York, acting through the New York City (NYC) Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, is proposing a series of land use and other discretionary actions (the Proposed Actions) to implement recommendations of a comprehensive plan, the Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan, to redevelop and revitalize an approximately 59 block area of the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 12, New York.

Within this area, the Proposed Actions (With-Action Condition) are expected to result in an incremental increase over the future condition without the Proposed Project (No-Action Condition) of approximately 4,533 dwelling units (DUs) (3,996,598 square foot of residential floor area), including either 1,372 or 1,618 affordable DUs (depending on which Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) option is selected), 1,326,215 gross square foot of commercial space, 489,905 gross square foot of community facility space, as well as a net reduction of up to 216 accessory parking spaces (depending on which MIH option is selected), and a net reduction of 50,614 square foot in industrial space (the Proposed Project). The total difference between the built square footage in the No‐Action and With‐Action Conditions is approximately 5,732,104 square foot on the projected development sites. The Proposed Actions would result in a net increment of 12,602 residents and 5,510 workers.

The Proposed Project would require the following discretionary approvals: Zoning map amendments, Zoning text amendments, City Map Changes, Disposition of Real Property, Acquisition of Real Property, Urban Development Action Area and Urban Development Action Area Project Designation, and a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Tidal Wetlands Permit.

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.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

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 on August 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until September 5, 2017. The Draft EIS is available from the New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271 and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/eis-documents.page.

The action involves a New York City citywide zoning text amendment to establish a Special Permit under the jurisdiction of New York City Planning Commission 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. Since the issuance of the Notice of Completeness for the Draft EIS, New York City Department of City Planning modified the zoning text amendment (ULURP No. N 170425 (A) ZRY), which permits self-storage facilities as-of-right in Designated Areas in M districts, provided that a minimum specified amount of ground-floor space is set aside for more job-intensive industrial uses. The industrial ground floor requirement could be modified or waived by applying for a New York City Planning Commission Special Permit. The Draft EIS has identified significant adverse impacts with respect to hazardous materials, historic and cultural resources (archeology) and socioeconomic conditions (effects on specific industries). The Draft EIS considered three alternatives to the Proposed Action: a No Action Alternative; a Smaller Sites Exemption Alternative; and a Mixed Use Alternative. The analyses year for the environmental review is 2027. The project is located throughout New York City, New York.

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


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