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ENB - Region 2 Notices 9/13/2017

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from New York City Department of Small Business Services for a site known as Hunts Point Parcel D, site ID #C203100. This site is located in the Borough of Bronx, within the County of Bronx, and is located at Food Center Drive (NE Corner).

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at New York City Public Library, Woodstock Library, 761 East 160th Street, Bronx, NY 10456 and Bronx Community Board #2, 1029 East 163rd Street, Room 202, Bronx, NY 10459.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Ronnie Lee, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway,12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9615, E-mail: ronnie.lee@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by October 13, 2017.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3.

We would also encourage those interested in receiving information on future activities at this site or any other site to sign up to NYS DEC's Contaminated Sites E-mail List at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/61092.html

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed is to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to "greenfield" (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on New York State's Brownfield program is available at NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from New York City Department of Small Business Services for a site known as 400 Food Center Drive, site ID #C203101. This site is located in Borough of Bronx, within the County of Bronx, and is located at 400 Food Center Drive.

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at New York City Public Library, Woodstock Library, 761 East 160th Street, Bronx, NY 10456 and Bronx Community Board #2, 1029 East 163rd Street, Room 202, Bronx, NY 10459.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Ronnie Lee, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway,12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9615, E-mail: ronnie.lee@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by October 13, 2017.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3.

We would also encourage those interested in receiving information on future activities at this site or any other site to sign up to NYS DEC's Contaminated Sites E-mail List at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/61092.html

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed is to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to "greenfield" (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on New York State's Brownfield program is available at NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.


Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from MJW 47 LLC for a site known as MJW 47 LLC, site ID #C231106. This site is located in the City of New York, within the County of New York, and is located at 682 9th Avenue.

A copy of the application, Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at Columbus Library, 742 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019 and Community Planning Board 4, 330 West 42nd Street, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Manfred Magloire, NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, Division of Environmental Remediation, 1 Hunter's Point Plaza, 47-40 21st , Phone: (718) 482-4995, E-mail: Manfred.Magloire@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by October 13, 2017.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3.

We would also encourage those interested in receiving information on future activities at this site or any other site to sign up to NYS DEC's Contaminated Sites E-mail List at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/61092.html.

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed is to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to "greenfield" (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on New York State's Brownfield program is available at NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.


Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 839 St. Marks Avenue will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request by the project sponsor, Institute for Community Living (ICL), for construction financing through the City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development's Supportive Housing Loan Program (SHLP) to facilitate the new construction of affordable and supportive housing (proposed project) at 839 St. Marks Avenue an approximately 23,281 square foot lot located in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York (project site). The project site is currently occupied by the Dean Sage Mansion (mansion), a three story, approximately 24,154 gross square foot building. The project site is located within the boundaries of the State and National Register of Historic Places (S/NR)-listed Crown Heights North Historic District, as well as the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) listed Crown Heights North Historic District. Furthermore, the existing building on the project site is a contributing building within these historic districts. The proposed action is therefore considered Type I under CEQR and was also subject to a public review and approval process through NYC LPC. The project sponsor's current proposal involves the demolition of a portion of the site, specifically a tan-colored brick addition constructed at the north end of the mansion in 1929, and development of a new building which would include a 4½ story new structure facing St. Marks Avenue and a 6 story structure facing Brooklyn Avenue. This new addition would be fully integrated with the existing mansion, which will also undergo significant interior and exterior renovations. Upon completion of the proposed project, the mansion and addition would accommodate approximately 61,277 gross square foot of floor area and 70 units of supportive and affordable housing. Demolition and construction activities necessary to facilitate the proposed project would occur in accordance with a Memorandum of Agreement executed among City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the project sponsor, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Contact: Aaron Werner, City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development, 100 Gold Street, Room 7A-4, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5953, E-mail: wernera@hpd.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 350 East 88th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Grand Associates LLC, for a Special Permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-711 (Landmark preservation in all districts) to modify the use regulations of ZR Section 22-10 (Uses permitted as-of-right) to allow a for-profit educational tutoring and test preparation use (Use Group 6B, Commercial educational use) and to modify the bulk regulations of ZR Section 23-47 (Minimum required rear yards) to waive the 30 foot rear yard requirement (collectively, Proposed Action). The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to re-occupy a vacant 17,993 gross square foot four story building with an 18,657 gross square foot for-profit educational tutoring and test preparation service and enclose an existing rear terrace. The project site is located at 350 East 88th Street in an R8B Zoning District within the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 8, New York.

The Applicant plans to merge the zoning lot, which contains the Project Site, with the adjacent New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) landmarked property of the Rectory of the Church of the Holy Trinity (Rectory Building), located on a separate zoning lot at 332 East 88th Street (Block 1550, Lot 34), also within an R8B District.

In conjunction with the proposed action, NYC LPC issued a Certificate of No Effect, approving proposed restorative work on the Rectory Building (Lot 34) and Modification of Use, to allow UG 6B, on the Project Site (Lot 31), on July 14, 2017. Upon approval of the Special Permit, the Applicant will record a Restrictive Declaration with NYC LPC requiring the owner and any successor in interest to provide for the continuing maintenance of the Rectory Building, resulting in its preservation.

The project site contains 5,035 square foot of lot area and is occupied by a 70 foot tall building formerly used as a pre-school, but is currently vacant. The building has two terraces toward the rear of the building, including a 1,178 gross square foot second floor terrace and 192 gross square foot fourth floor terrace. 951 gross square foot of the exterior second floor rear terrace is within the required rear yard, and is a legal non-compliance. The Rectory Building (Lot 34), which is located adjacent to the project site, contains three floors and is 45 feet tall. It contains approximately 4,514 gross square foot of floor area. The underlying R8B Zoning District permits Use Groups 1-4, a maximum residential FAR of 4.0 and a maximum community facility FAR of 5.1. A maximum building height of 75 feet is permitted.

As a result of the proposed action, the existing building on the project site would be renovated and reoccupied with an 18,657 gross square foot for-profit educational tutoring and test preparation service (UG 6B). The Applicant intends to enclose the rear terrace. 951 gross square foot of the 1,178 gross square foot second floor terrace is located within the required 30 foot rear yard. The Applicant seeks to waive the 30 foot requirement, thereby facilitating the terrace enclosure and increasing the floor area of the building from 17,993 gross square foot to 18,657 gross square foot, an increment of 664 gross square foot.

Absent the proposed action, the analysis framework for the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) indicates that the project site would be sold to another party for occupancy as a permitted community facility similar to the non-profit pre-school which previously occupied the building.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2018.

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 a Revised Draft EIS

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Jerome Avenue Rezoning. The Draft EIS is available from the New York Department of City Planning, Environmental Review Division, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271 and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/env-review/jerome-avenue.page.

The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) issued an errata on August 30, 2017 to identify and correct minor editorial errors contained in the Jerome Avenue Rezoning Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) which was issued on August 18, 2017. The corrections to these errors do not affect any of the analyses described in the Draft EIS and do not alter any Draft EIS conclusions. A revised Notice of Completion, which includes these corrections, was also issued on August 30, 2017. 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 ULURP. Advance notice will be given of the time and place of the hearing. Written comments on the DEIS are requested and would be received and considered by the Lead Agency until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing. NYC DCP is proposing zoning text amendments, zoning map amendments and city map changes (collectively, Proposed Actions). The proposed actions include zoning text and map amendments and city map changes that would rezone an approximately 92 block area primarily along Jerome Avenue and its east west commercial corridors in Bronx Community Districts 4 and 5 and 7 (Rezoning Area); would establish the Special Jerome Avenue District coterminous with the Rezoning Area; would establish Mandatory Inclusionary Housing areas; and map Block 2520, Lot 19 as parkland and de-map Corporal Fischer Place (street) between Nelson Avenue and Shakespeare Avenue. The Proposed Actions are expected to result in a net increase of approximately 3,228 dwelling units, 72,273 square foot of community facility space, 20,866 square foot of commercial/retail space; and net decrease of 47,795 square foot of industrial space and 98,002 square foot of auto-related uses. The analysis year for this proposal is 2026.

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.


Revised Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing - Change in Location

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 now be held on September 19, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Manhattan Municipal Building, 1 Center Street, Mezzanine Level (access through the North Entrance), New York, NY 10007. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until September 29, 2017. A hard copy of the Draft EIS is available upon request, please contact Esther Brunner at (212) 676-3293. The online version of the Draft EIS 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 a Draft EIS

Richmond County (Staten Island) - The New York City Planning, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Riverside Galleria. The Draft EIS is available from the New York Department of City Planning, Environmental 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 project involves a request by the applicant, WF Liberty, LLC, for discretionary approvals (Proposed Actions) to facilitate the redevelopment of a 17.72 acre portion of a 33.68 acre property (Project Site) along the Arthur Kill waterfront in Western Staten Island. The Project Site is located within the West Shore area of Staten Island Community District 3, New York. The proposed 17.72 acre development area would be the site of a 589,619 gross square foot commercial center including the following: (a) destination and smaller scale retail, supermarket, restaurant, cinema, and small office use; (b) 1,721 required accessory parking spaces; (c), waterfront open space (including a publicly accessible walkway and beach); and (d) street and infrastructure improvements. These infrastructure improvements include the opening of Richmond Valley Road west of Arthur Kill Road and the addition of new turning lanes into the project site along Arthur Kill Road (collectively, all of the foregoing are referred to as the Proposed Project). The undeveloped portions of the 33.68 acre project site include 8.98 acres of lands underwater and 6.84 acres of land that is proposed to be preserved with the proposed project which includes tidal and freshwater wetlands and upland woods on the northern portion of the project site that are regulated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (US ACE). The project site is bounded by the structural supports for the Outerbridge Crossing to the north, Arthur Kill Road to the east, the mapped but unbuilt Richmond Valley Road and the shoreline of Mill Creek to the south, and the Arthur Kill waterway to the west.

The Proposed Project requires special permits, authorizations, and certifications from the New York City Planning Commission (NYC PC) which include: (a) special permits allowing retail establishments with no limitation on floor area per establishment in an M1-1 zoning district, as well as modifications to applicable waterfront zoning requirements to allow a commercial building greater than 30 feet in height and to alter yard requirements; (b) authorizations to allow modification of location, area, dimensional and design requirements applicable to waterfront public access areas and visual corridors; (c) an authorization to waive tree removal requirements applicable in the Special South Richmond Development District (SSRDD); (d) an authorization to modify the special topography requirements applicable in the SSRDD; (e) authorizations to allow more than 30 accessory parking spaces in the SSRDD; and (f) a certification that requirements relating to shore public walkways and view corridors have been satisfied. The Proposed Actions, if approved, would allow the redevelopment of the Project Site, portions of which have been previously used and disturbed. With an estimated construction period of 13 months, it is anticipated that the Proposed Project would be built and occupied by 2019.

The actions necessary to implement the Proposed Project include those that are subject to review by NYC PC under New York City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) as well as a number of other City, State, and Federal discretionary actions including, but not limited to, a NYS DEC tidal wetland permit and a freshwater wetland permit from the US ACE.

The Draft EIS identifies significant adverse impacts related to historic and cultural resources (archeology) and transportation (traffic). Mitigation measures are identified and will be explored further between Draft EIS and Final EIS. If the proposed mitigation measures are determined to be infeasible, the significant adverse impacts would remain unmitigated. The Draft EIS identifies unavoidable significant adverse impacts to transportation (traffic). The Draft EIS evaluates two alternatives to the proposed actions: a No-Action Alternative, and a Lesser Density Alternative.

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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