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ENB - Region 2 Notices 8/23/2017

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The NYC Board of Standards and Appeals, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 140 Broadway/2016-4470-BZ/17BSA056M will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves Special Permit (§73-36) to operate a physical culture establishment (Crunch Fitness) within an existing building, C5-5 (Lower Manhattan Special District) within the Marine Midland Bank Building (New York City Landmark). The project is located at 140 Broadway, Manhattan, NY, Block 48 Lot 1.

Contact: Tracie Behnke, NYC Board of Standards and Appeals, 250 Broadway, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10007; Phone: (212)386-0086; Fax: (646)500-6271, E-mail: tbehnke@bsa.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

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 will be held on September 19, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Spector Hall, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until September 29, 2017. A hard copy of the DEIS is available upon request, please contact Esther Brunner at (212)676-3293. The online version of the DEIS is available at the following publically accessible web site: http://www.1.nyc.gov/site/oec/environmental-quality-review/16DME005K.page.

The City of New York in partnership with Bedford Courts LLC, the selected developer, is seeking a series of discretionary approvals to facilitate the redevelopment of the historic Bedford Union Armory located at 1555 Bedford Avenue (Block 1274, Lot 1) in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn into an approximately 542,393 gross square feet (gsf) 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 gsf of office space; up to 18,122 gsf of academic space; approximately 72,252 gsf 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 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 Mayoral approval pursuant to Section 384(b)(4) of the New York City Charter.

The project is located at 1555 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

Contact: Esther Brunner, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007; Phone: (212)676-3293, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final Generic 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 Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Lower Concourse North Project. The online version of the Final Generic EIS is available at the following publically accessible web site: Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination: www.nyc.gov/oec.

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 (gsf); 50,000 gross square feet gsf of retail space; 25,000 gsf of food store space; 25,000 gsf of medical office space; and 50,000 gsf 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 Notice of Completion and the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) were issued by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development on March 16, 2017, which marked the beginning of the public comment period on this document. A public hearing on the DGEIS was held on July 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., in Spector Hall, at 22 Reade Street, in Lower Manhattan. Written comments on the DGEIS were accepted until Monday, July 24, 2017. On August 10, 2017, the lead agency issued the Notice of Completion for the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement, marking the completion of the project's CEQR environmental review.

The project is located on Block 2356, Lots 2 and 72; Block 2539, Lot 1 and portions of Lots 2 and 3.

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.


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