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ENB - Region 2 Notices 11/15/2017

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from 215 N 10 Partners LLC for a site known as 215 North 10th Street, site ID #C224229. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 215 North 10th Street.

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburgh Branch, 240 Division Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 and Brooklyn Community Board 1, 435 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Melissa Sweet, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Floor 12, Albany, NY 12233-7015, Phone: (518) 402-9620, E-mail: melissa.sweet@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by December 15, 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

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 404 Seat New Primary School, K671 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. On behalf of the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (NYC SCA) proposes the site selection, acquisition, and construction of a new, approximately 404 seat primary school facility in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. The proposed primary school would serve students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in Community School District 15. Development of this proposed new school facility would be funded by the NYC DOE's Five-Year Capital Plan for fiscal years 2015-2019. The project is located at 836 5th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Kelly Murphy, NYC SCA, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 472-8307, E-mail: kmurphy@nycsca.org.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed In-City Water Supply Resiliency. The Draft EIS is being circulated for public review. Dates for public hearings on the Draft EIS will be determined by NYC DEP at a later date. Written comments will be accepted and the public comment period will remain open until at least 10 days after the last public hearing. The Draft EIS is available from the contact listed below; the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset. NY 11030 and on line at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_reviews/in-city-water-supply-resiliency.shtml.

The proposed Queens Groundwater project, also referred to as In-City Water Supply Resiliency (Proposed Project) is the renewal of the NYC DEP's existing Water Supply/Water Withdrawal Permit for the groundwater system, which expires on December 31, 2017, and the potential implementation of temporary treatment systems at existing well stations. Although a Draft EIS is not required for the proposed project, NYC DEP has voluntarily prepared a Draft EIS to identify and disclose any potential adverse significant environmental impacts.

In 1996, NYC DEP acquired the Queens portion of the Jamaica Water Supply system. The Queens Groundwater system is comprised of 44 well stations, which house a total of 68 water supply wells. These wells collectively have a permitted capacity of up to a five-year running average of 22,568 million gallons per year (61.83 or 62 mgd) with a 24,807 million gallon maximum in any one year (68 mgd). NYC DEP has owned, maintained, and operated the groundwater supply system since its acquisition. NYC DEP continued to use it at varying capacities for potable use through 2007, when water from upstate surface water supplies was provided through New York City. Since 2007, wells have been exercised and used for groundwater testing in accordance with NYC DEP's Wellhead Protection Plan. NYC DEP has retained the system in order to have a supplemental supply in times of shortage due to drought or planned and/or unplanned infrastructure outages. No new wells would be installed, nor would NYC DEP seek to increase the capacity of the existing wells.

The project is located at various locations in Queens, New York.

Contact: Kathryn Kelly, NYC DEP - Office of Water Supply Infrastructure and Watershed Assessment, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-7712, E-mail: kkelly@dep.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed American Museum of Natural History Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation. The Final EIS is available from the contact listed below; the St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024 and on line at: http://nyc.gov/parks/amnh-gilder.

The action involves the development of the Gilder Center, a five story, approximately 203,000 gross square foot addition on the west side of the Museum complex. The Gilder Center will be located on the superblock bounded by West 81st Street, West 77th Street, Central Park West, and Columbus Avenue in Theodore Roosevelt Park, on City owned parkland under the jurisdiction of NYC DPR, in the Borough of Manhattan, New York. The proposed project would also include approximately 42,000 gross square foot of renovations to existing space and alterations to an approximately 75,000 square foot adjacent area of Theodore Roosevelt Park. The Gilder Center project would integrate the Museum's scientific research, collections, and exhibitions with its educational programming, provide new innovative exhibition space, improve circulation, and upgrade and revitalize the Museum's facilities to address critical needs. It would improve the connectivity, spatial logic, and function of the Museum's interior spaces and service areas. The Gilder Center would largely be set within the area currently occupied by the Museum; three existing buildings within the Museum complex would be removed to minimize the footprint on land that is now open space in Theodore Roosevelt Park, to about 11,600 square feet at grade (approximately a quarter acre). In the adjacent area of Theodore Roosevelt Park, paths, trees and other landscaping would be modified, removed or relocated to accommodate the proposed project. The technical analyses in the Final EIS conclude that the proposed project has the potential to result in significant adverse environmental impacts related to transportation and historic and cultural resources. Proposed measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the project's significant adverse impacts are described in the Final EIS; however, the demolition of one of the existing Museum buildings (Building 15) would represent an unavoidable significant impact.

Contact: Owen Wells, NYC DPR, The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 401, New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 360-3492, Email: owen.wells@parks.nyc.gov.


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