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ENB - Region 2 Notices 1/17/2018

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from 125 East 144 Street Holdings LLC for a site known as the Former Rocket Jewelry Box Site, site ID #C203106. This site is located in the Borough of Bronx, within the County of Bronx, and is located at 414 Gerard Avenue.

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at Mott Haven Library, 321 East 140th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 and Bronx Community Board 1, 3024 Third Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Nathan Freeman NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9767, E-mail: nathan.freeman@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by February 16, 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 NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Medford Ber LLC for a site known as 99 Granite Redevelopment, site ID #C224269. This site is in the City of New York, within the County of Kings, and is located at 99-101 Granite Street, Brooklyn 11207.

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at the Brooklyn Public Library's Saratoga Library, 8 Thomas South Boyland Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233 and Brooklyn Community Board 4, 1420 Bushwick Avenue, Suite 370, Brooklyn, NY 11207.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: James Drumm, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9768, E-mail: james.drumm@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by February 16, 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 NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html


Fact Sheet

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 125 MEC Center LLC for a site known as Parcel 8 West, site ID #C231108. This site is located in the Borough of Manhattan, within the City and County of New York, and is located at 2305-2315 3rd Ave, 205-213 E125 St, and 204-214 E126 St.

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, 226 East 125th Street, New York, NY 10035 and Manhattan Community Board 11, 1664 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10035.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Nigel Crawford, NY DEC - Region 2 Office, Division of Environmental Remediation, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101-5401, Phone: (718) 482-4995, E-mail: nigel.crawford@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by February 16, 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 NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html


Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 142-150 South Portland Avenue Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The applicant, Metropolitan Development Group (MDG) Design and Construction in collaboration with the Hanson Place Seventh-Day Adventist Church, seeks (1) zoning map amendments to rezone an R7A district to an R8A and R8A/C2-4 district within the Special Downtown Brooklyn District (SDBD) and (2) zoning text amendments to extend the SDBD, designate a new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Area, and establish special height limits within the proposed R8A district within the SDBD. The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a 13-story (126'), approximately 95,000 gross square foot (gsf) residential and community facility building (the "Proposed Development") on a property located at 142-150 South Portland Avenue (Block 2003, Lot 37) in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 2. The proposed actions could also facilitate additional residential, commercial, and community facility development on other parcels within the proposed rezoning area.

The proposed zoning map amendment would rezone Block 2003, Lots 19, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 37 (the "Project Area") from an R7A district to an R8A zoning district, establish a C2-4 commercial overlay on a portion of the Project Area (portions of Lots 19, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34) fronting on Hanson Place, and extend the Special Downtown Brooklyn District (SDBD) to an area coterminous with the Project Area. The proposed zoning text amendments would show the boundaries of the extended SDBD on zoning maps, establish a 95 ft. height limitation within 25 feet of an R7A district on buildings or portions of buildings fronting on South Portland Avenue within an R8A district, and amend Appendix F of the ZR to establish a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing ("MIH") Area coterminous with the Project Area, mapping Option 1 and Option 2. Option 1 requires 25% of residential floor area be affordable at 60% area median income (AMI). Option 2 requires 30% of residential floor area be affordable at 80% AMI.

The Proposed Development would include approximately 100 dwelling units (DUs) (of which 32 would be affordable pursuant to MIH Option 2) and 9,700 gsf of community facility uses in the ground floor and cellar occupied, primarily, by the Hanson Place Seventh-Day Adventist Church. No accessory parking is required nor would it be provided.

The Project Area, bound by Hanson Place to the north; South Portland Avenue to the east; Block 2003 Lots 8 and 43 to the south; and South Elliott Place to the west, is located in an R7A zoning district. R7A districts permit a maximum Floor to Area Ratio (FAR) of 4.0 for residential and community facility uses (Use Groups 1-4). Commercial uses are not permitted as of right in R7A districts.

Although the Project Area is located in an R7A residential district, the current uses are all non-residential. The Proposed Develoment Site (Lot 37) is currently occupied by a three‐story, 9,400 gsf church (Community Facility, Use Group 4). Lots 30-33 are all currently vacant. Lots 19 and 29 are developed with a 12-story building occupied by the Salvation Army and an accessory surface parking lot. Lot 34 is improved with an eight-story commercial and office building, which contains the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts.

While there are no historic resources within the Project Area, it is located approximately within 100 feet from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Historic District, which is a NYC designated historic district, and across the street from the Hanson Place Seventh Day Adventist Church, which is a NYC designated landmark and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

It is expected that the Proposed Actions would result in new development on the Proposed Development Site (Lot 37) and on another parcel, Projected Development Site 2, comprised of Lots 30-33. Under the current R7A zoning, it is likely that the Proposed Development Site would be developed with an approximately 60,720 gsf residential building (4.6 FAR) with 71 DUs and Lots 30-33 would be developed as a single zoning lot with an approximately 38,962 gsf residential building with 27 DUs. Under the proposed R8A and R8A/C2-4, and as a result of the text amendments to the SDBD, the Proposed Development Site would be developed instead with the Applicant's Proposed Development, described above. While the applicant intends to construct this program, it is also possible that the site could be developed with more residential dwelling units and no community facility use, resulting in a program with a 145-foot, approximately 95,000 gsf residential building with an FAR of 7.2. Projected Development Site 2 would be developed with a 145-foot, approximately 61,000 gsf mixed use commercial and residential building with an FAR of 7.2, including local retail and 61 DUs (of which 18 would be affordable pursuant to MIH Option 2.

It is expected that development on the Proposed Development Site and Projected Development Site 2 would be completed by 2021.

The project is located 142-150 South Portland Avenue(Block 2003, Lots 19, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 37), Brooklyn, NY.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271; Phone: (212) 720-3423; Fax: (212) 720-3488, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Transportation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed BQE Rehabilitation/Replacement Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until March 12, 2018. A public scoping session will be held on February 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Dock Street School, 19 Dock Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

A hard copy of the Draft Scope of Work is available at the following locations: Brooklyn Libraries: Main Branch, Brooklyn Heights Branch, Walt Whitman Branch, Community Boards 2 and 6.

The online version of the Draft Scope of Work is available at the following publically accessible web site: www.BQE-i278.com

The action involves proposal by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to rehabilitate or replace the sections of Brooklyn Queens Expressway/Interstate 278 (BQE/I-278) from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Sreet. in Brooklyn, New York. The project limits are comprised of the BQE right-of-way, including the roadway, shoulders, and offsets, support structures, and entrance and exit ramps. This segment of the BQE is owned by the City of New York. The Project involves a 1.5-mile section of the BQE. This segment of the BQE is a critical link of I-278, which is the sole Interstate highway in Brooklyn connecting it to Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens. The BQE within the Project limits includes multiple bridges along with other supporting structures such as retaining walls. In particular, this segment of the BQE includes a triple cantilever section, which runs from near the intersection of Orange Street to the north to Remsen Street to the south. NYCDOT, as lead agency, is initiating the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement under the City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) process.

Interpretation services or requests for special accommodations for the scoping meeting should be made by Monday, February 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm by calling or emailing the contact information below. For more information, locations of the Draft Scope of Work, or special accommodations, please contact the BQE Project Team during regular business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST) or leave a message at 332-999-4520 or info@bqe-i278.com.

The project is located BQE/I-278 from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Tanvi Pandya, 55 Water Street, New York, NY 10041; Phone: (212) 839-6583, E-mail: info@BQE-i278.com.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Inwood Rezoning Proposal. There will be a joint Draft EIS/ULURP Public Hearing which will be noticed at a later point in time.

The online version of the Draft EISis available at the following publically accessible web site: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/oec/environmental-quality-review/17DME007M.page

The City of New York, acting through the New York City Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, is proposing a series of land use and other discretionary actions (the Proposed Actions) to implement recommendations of a comprehensive plan, the Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan, to redevelop and revitalize an approximately 62-block area (240 acres) of the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 12, New York.

Within this area, the Proposed Actions (With-Action Condition) are expected to result in an incremental increase over the future condition without the Proposed Project (No-Action Condition) of approximately 4,348 dwelling units (DUs) (3,804,235 sf of residential floor area), including either 1,325 or 1,563 affordable DUs (depending on which Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) option is selected), 1,135,032 gsf of commercial space, 472,685 gsf of community facility space, as well as a net reduction of 50,614 sf in industrial space (the Proposed Project). The total difference between the built square footage in the No‐Action and With‐Action Conditions is approximately 5,361,338 sf on the projected development sites. The Proposed Actions would result in a net increment of 12,088 residents and 4,712 workers.

The Proposed Project would require the following discretionary approvals: Zoning map amendments, Zoning text amendments, City Map Amendments, Disposition of Real Property, Acquisition of Real Property, Urban Development Action Area and Urban Development Action Area Project Designation, and a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Tidal Wetlands Permit and a subdivision of City-owned waterfront lots.

Contact: Esther Brunner, New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007; Phone: (212) 676-3203, E-mail: ebrunner@cityhall.nyc.gov


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