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ENB - Region 2 Notices 12/6/2017

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Lewis & Murphy Realty, Inc. for a site known as Kew Gardens Main Street, site ID #C241205. This site is located in the neighborhood of Kew Gardens, within the borough of Queens, and is located at 68-14 to 68-50 Main Street.

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at Queens Library at Kew Garden Hills, 71-34 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367 and Community Board 8, Queens, 197-15 Hillside Ave, Hollis, NY 11423.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to the site Project Manager Sondra Martinkat at NYSDEC - Reg. 2, 1 Hunter's Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101-5401; via email at Sondra.Martinkat@dec.ny.gov or by calling 718-482-4995. All comments must be submitted by January 5, 2018.

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 DEC's Contaminated Sites Email 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 State's Brownfield program is available at DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Block 675 East. The action involves the two applicants, DDWest 29th LLC and West 30th Street LLC, are requesting discretionary actions to facilitate the redevelopment of two project sites in the West Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 4.The project sites consist of project site A located at 601 West 29th Street (Block 675, Lots 12, 29, and 36) and project site B located at 606 West 30th Street (Block 675, Lot 39), which are bounded by West 29th and West 30th Streets, Route 9A/Twelfth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue. The Project Area includes the two project sites as well as an intervening lot (Lot 38), which is not part of either project site. The proposed actions include zoning text amendments to Article VIII Chapter 9 of the Zoning Resolution (ZR) (Special Hudson River Park District), amendments to Appendix F of the ZR, special permits pursuant to Section 89-21, and a zoning map amendments to rezone the Project Area from an M2-3 district to a C6-4X district. The proposed actions would facilitate the development on project site A of 905,000 gsf of residential uses (up to 990 units); up to 15,000 gsf of retail uses; up to 21,000 gsf of accessory parking (up to 198 spaces); and up to 6,500 gsf of bicycle parking. The building may also include approximately 12,500-gsf to be occupied by a FDNY-EMS station. Project site B would contain an approximately 262,292 gsf, 36-story mixed- use building including 200,327 gsf of residential space (219 residential units), 22,458 gsf of commercial space and 39,507 sf of other uses (including 47 parking spaces). The DEIS identified significant adverse impacts for shadows, child care, open space, transportation (traffic and pedestrian), construction noise and transportation. Mitigation measures have been identified and will further be explored between the DEIS and FEIS. The DEIS considered three alternatives: a No Action Alternative, a Reduced Impacts Alternative and a No Significant Adverse Impacts Alternative.

A hard copy of the DEIS is available at the following locations: Environmental Assessment and Review Division, NYC Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York 10271. The online version of the DEIS is available at the following publically accessible web site: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/env-review/block-675-east.page.

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.

The project is located at 601 W. 29th Street and 606 W. 30th Street, New York, NY 10001.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, AICP, Environmental Assessment and Review Division - NYC City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271; Phone: (212)720-3423, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


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