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ENB - Region 2 Notices 9/20/2017

Notice of Availability of Final Scope of Work and Notice of Completion of Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gowanus Canal Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Facilities Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement was prepared.

Project Description: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is undertaking a project to comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Record of Decision requirement to construct two combined sewer overflow (CSO) facilities. This Project is part of the federally required remediation of the Gowanus Canal under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or Superfund), and will be reviewed in accordance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR), and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

Final Scope of Work (Final Scope) has been prepared for the purpose of providing the methodology and framework for analysis of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Gowanus Canal CSO Facilities project. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) is inviting comments on this Draft Environmental Impact Statement from other government agencies, local municipalities, public officials, and the public. A public hearing on the DEIS will be held at a later date to be announced; advance notice will be given of the time and place of the hearing.

Project Location: The project is located at: the Head End Facility, 242 Nevins Street, 234 Butler Street and 270 Nevins Street in Gowanus Brooklyn, New York and, at the Owls Head Facility, 2 2nd Avenue, 110 5th Street, 122 5th Street, 22 2nd Avenue and the bed of 5th Street in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Rasheed Lucas, NYC DEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-6959, E-mail: rlucas@dep.nyc.gov.


Notice of Completion of Final Environmental Impact Statement

Kings County (Brooklyn) - On September 11, 2017, the New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, issued a Notice of Completion of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Pfizer Sites Rezoning.

Project Location: The proposal involves an application affecting two blocks within the South Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 1 (Block 2249, Lots 23, 37, 41 and 122; Block 2265, Lot 14).

Brief Project Description: The Applicant, Harrison Realty LLC, is seeking a zoning map amendment from M3-1 to R7A/C2-4, R7D/C2-4, R7D, and R8A/C2-4 zoning districts and a zoning text amendment to designate a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Area (MIHA) to facilitate new mixed-use development on two blocks in the South Williamsburg section of Brooklyn Community District 1. The 182,366-square foot (sf) "project area" owned by the Applicant consists of two trapezoidal-shaped blocks, including: (1) the 71,322 sf "Northern Block," bounded on the north by Walton Street, on the east by Harrison Avenue, on the south by Wallabout Street, and on the west by Union Avenue (Block 2249, Lots 23, 37, 41, and 122); and (2) the 111,044-sf "Southern Block" bounded on the north by Wallabout Street, on the east by Harrison Avenue, on the south by Gerry Street, and on the west by Union Avenue (Block 2265, Lot 14).

The project area, which is currently undeveloped and is used for temporary activities pursuant to short-term rental agreements, would be rezoned from M3-1 to R7A, R7D, and R8A; a C2-4 commercial overlay would be mapped on the majority of the rezoning area, except for a 65-foot-wide, 3,900-sf portion of the Northern Block. The Applicant also seeks a zoning text amendment to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Appendix F to establish the project area as a MIHA, which would require a share of residential floor area be reserved for affordable housing pursuant to the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) program. The Applicant proposes to map Option 1 and Option 2 of MIH; Option 1 requires that at least 25 percent of the residential floor area be reserved for residents with incomes averaging 60 percent Area Median Income (AMI), with ten percent of units affordable at 40 percent AMI; Option 2 requires 30 percent of residential floor area is provided at 80 percent AMI. In connection with the proposed project, the Applicant will develop two publicly-accessible open spaces totaling 26,000-sf within the project area.

In connection with the approval of the proposed zoning actions, a Restrictive Declaration (RD) would be subject to City Planning Commission approval. The RD memorializes the publicly-accessible open space Project Component Related to the Environment (PCRE) commitment, a PCRE related to construction noise, and Mitigation Measures related to intermediate schools.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to construct a 1,340,314-gross square foot (gsf) mixed use development consisting of eight buildings reaching a maximum height of 140 feet (14 stories) and two publicly accessible open space amenities. The development would provide a total of 1,146 DUs, of which 287 DUs would be affordable in accordance with the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program; 64,807 gsf of local retail space; 404 accessory parking spaces; and 26,000 sf of publicly-accessible open space. The publicly accessible open space would be provided in midblock corridors on each block measuring 65 feet wide by 200 feet long and aligned on a north-south axis parallel to Harrison Avenue.

The proposed project would be built by 2019. No Build conditions are projected through 2019 and are based on the assumption that conditions on the site would not change in the future without the proposed project.

The FEIS identifies significant adverse impacts related to community facilities (intermediate schools) and transportation (traffic). The FEIS identifies mitigation measures which would fully mitigate the significant adverse impacts. Mitigation Measures related to intermediate schools are memorialized in the RD, as noted above.

On May 19, 2017, the New York City Department of City Planning, on behalf of the City Planning Commission as lead agency, issued a Notice of Completion for a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Pfizer Sites Rezoning. A public hearing on the Draft EIS was held on July 26, 2017. Written comments on the DEIS were requested and were received by the Lead Agency until August 7, 2017. The FEIS incorporates responses to the public comments received on the DEIS. Hard copies of the DEIS are available for public inspection at the office of the undersigned and on the web at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/eis-documents.page.

Contact: Olga Abinader, NYC Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271; Phone: (212) 720-3493, Fax: (212) 720-3495, Email: oabinad@planning.nyc.gov.


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