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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/25/2017

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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 DD West 29th LLC for a site known as West 29th Street, site ID #C231107. This site is located in the Borough of Manhattan, within the County of New York, and is located at 601 West 29th Street.

A copy of the application, Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at New York Public Library, Muhlenberg Library, 209 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011 and the Manhattan Community Board District 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: Steven Walsh, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway,12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9824, E-mail: steven.walsh@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by November 24, 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 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 the New York State's Brownfield program is available at NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.


Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 66 Allen 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 provisions of Section 15-021[e] (Special use regulations). The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to convert 9,396 gross square feet of commercial UG 6 floor area on the second through fourth floors of an existing five-story mixed-use building under the applicant's control at 66 Allen Street to UG 2 residential floor area (with 7 new residential dwelling units), expand the residential lobby from 161 gross square feet to 642 gross square feet to accommodate a new elevator lobby, and permit 1,210 gross square feet of residential use in an as-of-right penthouse addition. The proposed action would result in a total of 14,380 gross square feet of UG 2 residential floor area (8 dwelling units) in the building inclusive of an existing 3,132 gross square feet UG 2 residential unit on the fifth floor; 1,210 gross square feet of UG 2 residential floor area in the proposed penthouse addition, which is permitted per the underlying zoning regulations; and a 481 gross square feet lobby expansion. The building at the project site is an individual landmark as designated by the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission. The project site is located at 66 Allen Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Community District 3, New York, and is located within a C6-2G zoning district.

The building at the project site, which currently contains 23,503 gross square feet, consists of 3,887 gross square feet in the cellar, 3,887 gross square feet in the sub-cellar, 3,040 gross square feet of ground floor retail, 9,396 gross square feet of UG 6 office space on floors two through four (of which 1,093 gross square feet is currently vacant), 3,132 gross square feet of UG 2 residential use (one unit) on the fifth floor, 161 gross square feet of elevator lobby space, and rises to five stories (4.91 FAR). The underlying C6-2G zoning district allows a maximum commercial FAR of 6.0. C6 zoning districts have no height limits. For height factor buildings, they cannot penetrate the sky exposure plane, which begins at 85 feet. Use Groups permitted include 1-12, while restrictions exist on the conversion of commercial and manufacturing uses to residential uses. The C6-2G district does not permit conversion to residential uses as-of-right; therefore, the Special Permit is being sought. The existing UG 2 residential unit is located on the fifth floor of the building, per the Certificate of Occupancy dating back to September 29, 1965, and is considered as a legal non-conforming use. The building at the project site is an individual landmark. It is also listed on the National Register as part of the Lower East Side Historic District. The applicant has begun restorative work on the exterior of the building, pursuant to New York City Landmark Preservation Commission approvals, as well as in conjunction with New York City Department of Buildings filed permits, and with the expectation that the Special Permit will be approved.

The Proposed Action would permit the conversion of the existing 9,396 gross square feet on the second through fourth floors of the building from UG 6 office to UG 2 residential uses, 1,210 gross square feet of new UG 2 residential use in the as-of-right penthouse addition, and a 481 gross square feet residential elevator lobby expansion on the ground floor of the building (from 161 to 642 gross square feet). The existing ground floor commercial use (3,040 gross square feet) would be reduced to 2,559 gross square feet to accommodate the proposed elevator lobby expansion and the existing fifth floor residential use (one unit) would remain and is not subject to the proposed Special Permit. As a result of the Proposed Action, the total residential floor area would increase from 3,293 gross square feet (inclusive of the existing 161 gross square feet residential lobby) to 14,380 gross square feet with a total of 8 dwelling units. The net increase in residential floor area (11,087 gross square feet) would be gained from the conversion of the existing office floor area to residential on floors two through four (9,396gross square feet) as well as the penthouse addition (1,210 gross square feet). The action will result in a total of 8 residential units, an increase of 7 units from the existing 1 legal unit on the 5th floor. The building at the Project Site will be occupied with 2 units each on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors, and the existing 5th-floor unit will be divided into 2 units, one of which will be a duplex with the penthouse enlargement. Cellar space (3,887 gross square feet) and sub-cellar space (3,887gross square feet) would be used as ancillary residential and commercial space. The resulting building would contain a total floor area of 24,713 gross square feet (5.21 FAR) and would rise to a height of approximately 72 feet.

Absent the proposed action, the Project Site is expected to remain unchanged from the existing conditions, with the exception of 1,093 gross square feet of vacant space on the second floor of the building, anticipated to be re-tenanted. The existing commercial uses on the second through fourth floors would be retained, as would the existing legal non-conforming fifth-floor unit. Construction on the building would still proceed pursuant to filed New York City Department of Buildings permits, which correlate with New York City Landmark Preservation Commission approved exterior façade work, as well as the construction of a new elevator shaft. No new interior modifications would be provided.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2020.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3493, E-mail: oabinad@planing.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Kings County (Brooklyn) - 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 Bedford Union Armory Project. The Final EIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: http://www1.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 in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, into an approximately 542,393 gross square feet 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 gross square feet of office space; up to 18,122 gross square feet of academic space; approximately 72,252 gross square feet 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 New York 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 New York City 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.

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.


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