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ENB - Region 2 Notices 11/1/2017

Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 112 East Clarke Place (Clarke Place Senior Residence) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request from the project sponsor, Volunteers of America, for construction financing through NYC HPD's Senior Affordable Rental Apartments (SARA) program to facilitate the development of a new affordable senior housing building. The project site is located at 112 East Clarke Place between Walton Avenue to the northwest and Grand Concourse to the southeast in the West Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx, Community District 4, New York. Under the proposed action, the site would be redeveloped with a 14 story residential building containing approximately 121 affordable units for seniors (plus one superintendent's unit for a total of 122 units). In addition to city capital funding from NYC HPD's SARA program, funding for construction may also be provided by the New York City Housing Development Corporation (NYC HDC). NYC HPD may also provide federal assistance to the project originating from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD). The project site is substantially contiguous to a district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Grand Concourse Historic District). The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) and the New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYS HPO) have both concluded that the proposed action would have no impacts to historic or cultural resources.

Contact: Aaron Werner, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 7A-4, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5953, E-mail: wernera@hpd.nyc.gov.


Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 280 Richards Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a request for a Special Permit (§73-44) to permit the reduction of required accessory off-street parking spaces for a UG 6B office use (PRC-B1). The project is located at 80 Richards Street in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Tracie Behnke, NYC BSA, 250 Broadway, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 386-0086, E-mail: tbehnke@bsa.nyc.gov.


Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 469 Tompkins Avenue will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The NYC HPD, through its Green Housing Preservation (GHPP) Program, is proposing to fund moderate rehabilitation and energy efficiency upgrades in connection with the property located at 469 Tompkins Avenue in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, Community District 3, New York. Currently, the existing building is occupied and contains six residential dwelling units, and one retail unit. No ground disturbance or changes to the building's overall floor area, height, or footprint are proposed as part of the rehabilitation activities. Additionally, the building is located within the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District Extension a New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) designated and State/National Register-listed Historic District. The project sponsor is required to perform all rehabilitation activities in accordance with permits issued by NYC LPC's Preservation Department pursuant to Section 25-306 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York. In the event that any State or Federal funding is sought in connection with the proposed project (not currently proposed), NYC HPD and the project sponsor would consult with the New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYS HPO) prior to the release of any State or Federal funds and start of construction

Contact: Aaron Werner, NYC HPD, 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 Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lenox Court Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) - 86 West 119th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by NYC HPD, through its Green Housing Preservation (GHPP) Program, is proposing to fund moderate rehabilitation and energy efficiency upgrades in connection with the property located at 86 West 119th Street in the Central Harlem South neighborhood in Manhattan, Community District 10. Currently, the existing building is occupied and contains 36 units (34 residential units and 2 commercial units). No ground disturbance or changes to the building's overall floor area, height, or footprint are proposed as part of the rehabilitation activities. Additionally, the building is located within the Mount Morris Park Historic District Extension Landmarks Preservation. The proposed actions are intended to preserve the affordability of the existing 34 dwelling units. The project sponsor is required to perform all rehabilitation activities in accordance with permits issued by New York City Landmark's Preservation Commission's (NYC LPC) Preservation Department pursuant to Section 25-306 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York. In the event that any State or Federal funding is sought in connection with the proposed project (not currently proposed), NYC HPD and the project sponsor would consult with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) prior to the release of any State or Federal funds and start of construction.

Contact: Aaron Werner, NYC HPD, 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 Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 157 West 119th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the NYC HPD, through its Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Portfolio Preservation (Year 15) Program, to extend the existing debt and is seeking approval of a tax exemption pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law (PHFL) of the State of New York for the existing residential property located at 157 West 119th Street in the Central Harlem South neighborhood in Manhattan, Community District 10, New York. The project site is currently occupied with a five story residential building with 20 units. In addition to the above actions, substantial rehabilitation is also proposed. No ground disturbance or changes to the building's overall floor area, height, or footprint are proposed as part of the rehabilitation activities. The proposed actions are intended to preserve the affordability of the existing 20 dwelling units. This building is located within the Mount Morris Park Historic District Extension, a New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC) designated and State/National Register-listed Historic District. The project sponsor is required to perform all rehabilitation activities in accordance with permits issued by NYC LPC's Preservation Department pursuant to Section 25-306 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York. In the event that any State or Federal funding is sought in connection with the proposed project (not currently proposed), NYC HPD and the project sponsor would consult with the New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYS HPO) prior to the release of any State or Federal funds and start of construction.

Contact: Aaron Werner, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 7A-4, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-5953, E-mail: wernera@hpd.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration (Revised)

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 1965 Lafayette Avenue Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Park Lane Residences Co., for a Zoning Map Amendment from an R6 district to (a) an R8/C2-4 district and (b) an R8 district (together, Zoning Map Amendment), and a Zoning Text Amendment to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 23-933 (Inclusionary Housing) Appendix F to establish a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) area (Zoning Text Amendment) affecting a portion of a property at 1965 Lafayette Avenue (Block 3672, p/o Lot 1, Rezoning Area) in the Soundview neighborhood of Bronx Community District 9, New York. The Rezoning Area is located on the western portion of the block which is bounded by Turnbull Avenue to the north, Pugsley Avenue to the east, Lafayette Avenue to the south, and White Plains Road to the west. The proposed Zoning Map Amendment and Zoning Text Amendment (collectively, Proposed Actions) would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct two attached predominantly residential buildings comprising a combined total of 384,271 gross square feet, including approximately 425 affordable residential units, 19,938 gross square feet of local retail space, and 67 accessory parking spaces in a cellar-level garage. The Proposed Development is expected to be completed in 2020. An Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) was completed on June 16, 2017 and a Conditional Negative Declaration (CND) was issued on June 16, 2017. A revised EAS, dated October 13, 2017, reflects a clarification in the language pertaining to the proposed traffic mitigation measures and the status of the Restrictive Declaration, which has been recorded and executed. The clarification does not change the proposed traffic mitigation measures and would not otherwise alter the conclusions of the previous EAS and CND.

The conditions are:

The New York City Planning Commission has determined that the Proposed Actions will have no significant effect on the quality of the environment, once it is modified as follows:

1. The traffic analysis concluded that project-generated traffic has the potential to result in significant adverse impacts during the weekday a.m. and p.m. and Saturday midday peak hours, at the intersection of Story Avenue and White Plains Road. Specifically, the potential for significant adverse impacts were identified for the following lane groups: (1) the eastbound left turn/through/right-turn approach in the weekday a.m. and p.m. and Saturday midday peak hours, which would continue to operate at LOS F with an increase in delay exceeding three seconds in those three peak hours; (2) the southbound through/right-turn lane in the weekday p.m. peak hour, which would deteriorate from an acceptable LOS D to LOS E; and (3) the southbound through/right-turn lane in the Saturday midday peak hour, which would continue to operate at LOS F with an increase in delay exceeding three seconds.

The Applicant agrees to contact the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), prior to the issuance of the first temporary or permanent certificate of occupancy for any portion of the Proposed Development, to inform them of the need to implement the following traffic improvement measures:

  • Transferring one second of green time at the intersection of Story Avenue and White Plains Road from the northbound/southbound signal phase to the eastbound/westbound signal phase in the weekday a.m. and p.m. and Saturday midday peak hours; and
  • Converting the curb lane on the southbound approach of White Plains Road at Story Avenue from a parking lane to a right turn lane.

The provision of the traffic mitigation measures has been incorporated into a Restrictive Declaration that was executed on August 18, 2017 and recorded against the Project Site on September 6, 2017. The Restrictive Declaration restricts the manner in which the Project Site may be developed or redeveloped by requiring the Declarant to notify the NYC DOT prior to issuance of the first temporary or permanent certificate of occupancy for any portion of the Proposed Development. In consultation with NYC DOT, the proposed traffic mitigation measures were deemed to be reasonable and appropriate. Consequently, no significant adverse impacts related to traffic would occur.

2. The (E) designation for hazardous materials, air quality, and noise would ensure that the Proposed Actions would not result in significant adverse impacts.

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 Draft EIS

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City Office Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Spofford Campus Project. The Notice of Completion and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) were issued by the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development on October 20, 2017, which marked the beginning of the public comment period on this document. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held in conjunction with the public hearing on the associated Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications at a date to be announced later. The Draft EIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: www.nyc.gov/oec.

The action involves a proposal by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with The Peninsula JV, LLC (The Peninsula), for a series of land use actions to facilitate the redevelopment of a New York City owned site in the South Bronx. These actions would facilitate the development of a new 100% affordable mixed-use development comprised of five new buildings with up to 823,700 gross square feet of floor area in total, including up to 777 units of affordable housing comprising up to 671,800 gross square feet of residential floor area. The development would also include up to 40,000 gross square feet of community facility floor area, up to 75,700 gross square feet of commercial floor area, up to 29,800 gross square feet of light manufacturing floor area, and approximately 53,441 square feet of publicly-accessible open space (collectively, Proposed Project). The proposed project would be developed on an approximately 209,000 square foot (4.79 acre) site formerly occupied by the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, located at 1201-1231 Spofford Avenue in the Hunts Point neighborhood of Bronx Community District 2, New York. The build year for the proposed project is 2024.

Contact: Hilary Semel, New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 676-3290, E-mail: hsemel@cityhall.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final GEIS

Bronx, Kings, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Self-Storage Text Amendment. The Final 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 proposal by the New York City Department of City Planning for a citywide zoning text amendment to establish a Special Permit under the jurisdiction of the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) 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 and would be established as text maps. A Special Permit is a discretionary action by the New York City Planning Commission that may modify use regulations if certain conditions specified in the Zoning Resolution are met.

Self-storage typically occupies large sites near Designated Truck Routes, which could provide potential siting opportunities for future industrial, more job-intensive businesses. The primary intent of this proposal is to establish a framework to conduct a case-by-case, site-specific review to ensure that the development of self-storage facilities does not occur on sites that should remain available to more job-intensive industrial uses. Additionally, a case-by-case framework would allow self-storage facilities to locate in Designated Areas in M districts on sites where self-storage facilities are found to be appropriate. The measure would significantly advance the New York City's economic development objectives for Industrial Business Zones by preserving adequate sites for industrial businesses. However, numerous factors influence the kind of uses that are developed in any given area, and it is understood that the Proposed Action alone will not in itself induce industrial development, which are already permitted as-of-right in M districts. This action solely aims to improve future siting opportunities for industrial businesses in NYC.

The proposed Designated Areas (the areas that would be directly affected by the proposed text amendment) in M districts are New York City's most active industrial areas, encompassing 10,254 acres and portions of 27 Community Districts across Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx, New York. All of the proposed Designated Areas are zoned for M1, M2 and M3 with FARs of 1, 2 or 5, respectively. Within the proposed Designated Areas, there are 65 self-storage facilities, representing about one quarter of all self-storage facilities in New York City.

It is expected that the likely effects of the proposed text would be to affect the amount and location of future self-storage facilities. Specifically, the proposed text amendment may result in a slight decrease in the number of self-storage facilities that would be developed in the foreseeable future, decreasing the projected amount from 86 to 81 in the foreseeable future. For the purposes of this analysis, the foreseeable future is defined as a ten-year period resulting in an analysis year of 2027.

Based on past and current development trends, it is projected that in the future without the proposed text amendment, there would be a total of 86 self-storage facilities developed in New York City. Of these 86 facilities, 20 are projected to be located within the areas proposed to be Designated Areas and 66 would be developed in M and C8 districts outside of the Designated Areas, where these uses are currently permitted. In the future with the proposed text amendment, there are projected to be 81 self-storage facilities, with 11 facilities located within the areas proposed to be Designated Areas and 70 facilities proposed to be developed in M and C8 districts. In total, there could be five fewer self- storage facilities overall by 2027, with nine fewer in Designated Areas, and four more in M and C8 districts outside of the Designated Areas.

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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