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ENB - Region 2 Notices 7/11/2018

Public Notice

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Astoria Riverside Park LLC for a site known as the Former Kenneth Trading Corp. Facility, site ID #C241215. This site is located in the neighborhood of Astoria, within the County of Queens, and is located at 11-35 31st Drive.

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at Queens Library at Astoria, 14-01 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, NY 11102 and Queens Community Board 1, 45-02 Ditmars Boulevard, LL Suite 125, Astoria, NY 11105.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Sondra Martinkat, NYS DEC - Region 2 Ofice, Division of Environmental Remediation, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718)
482-4891, E-mail: sondra.martinkat@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by August 10, 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 NYS 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 New York State's Brownfield program is available at NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html


Notice of Public Comment Period

2018 Newtown Creek CSO, Enhanced Aeration Modification to Order on Consent between the City of New York and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), DEC Case # CO2-20110512-25, a.k.a. NYC CSO Order.

Counties: New York (Manhattan), Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn), Bronx and Queens

Brief Description:

The NYC CSO Order was executed between the NYS DEC and NYC DEP in 2005 and was modified in 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2015. The NYC CSO Order includes various milestones and projects associated with abatement of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) within New York City. Based on additional analyses, the parties identified changes to the NYC CSO Order. Pursuant to Paragraphs XVI.A and D.3 of the 2005 CSO Order, the NYS DEC is required to publicly notice "[i]n the event of a substantive and significant modification to the construction compliance schedules provided for in this Order." The 2018 Newtown Creek CSO, Enhanced Aeration Modification to the NYC CSO Order consists of changes to the following Appendix A milestones:

Consent Order, Appendix A Current Milestone Date New Milestone Date
VIII.B. Enhanced Aeration in Dutch Kills and Lower Newtown Creek, 3. Notice to Proceed to Construction December 2017 Deleted
VIII.B. Enhanced Aeration in Dutch Kills and Lower Newtown Creek, 4. Construction Completion December 2020 Deleted


In June 2012, the NYS DEC approved the June 2011 Newtown Creek Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan (WWFP). The WWFP included a project to install an enhanced aeration system in a portion of Newtown Creek and its major tributaries to achieve a minimum dissolved oxygen level of 3 mg/l, as required for Class SD waterbodies. The project was to be implemented in four phases and NYC DEP has completed the first three phases. The fourth and final phase of the project consists of installation of enhanced aeration in Dutch Kills and lower Newtown Creek.

The conceptual design of the entire project, including the location and sizing of the aeration system for all four phases, was completed using water quality data and modeling available approximately 10 to 15 years ago. In 2017, the NYC DEP completed additional water quality sampling and modeling for the fourth phase of aeration as part of its effort to prepare the Newtown Creek Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP). The NYC DEP subsequently determined that enhanced aeration in lower Newtown Creek is not needed and proposed a substitute project for the enhanced aeration in Dutch Kills. The substitute project is the expansion of the Borden Avenue pump station. The NYS DEC approved the Newtown Creek LTCP on June 27, 2018 and the expansion of the Borden Avenue pump station has been added to the CSO Order Appendix A. As such, the NYS DEC is deleting the fourth phase of enhanced aeration in Dutch Kills and lower Newtown Creek because it is no longer needed.

Document Availability:

Hard copies of the 2005 CSO Order and approved modifications are available for public review at the following offices of the NYS DEC and NYC DEP:

NYS DEC - Division of Water
Bureau of Water Compliance
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3506

Robert Elburn
NYS DEC - Region 2 Office
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

Julia Bourdier
NYC DEP - Bureau of Legal Affairs
59-17 Junction Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11373
Phone: (718) 595-6555

Public Comment Period:

The 30 day comment period commences on July 11, 2018 and concludes on August 10, 2018. See NYSDEC contact person below.

NYS DEC Contact Person: Questions regarding the 2018 Newtown Creek CSO, Enhanced Aeration Modification can be directed to: Edward Hampston, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506, Phone: (518) 402-9655, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: edward.hampston@dec.ny.gov.


Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) Acquisition of 118 Madison Avenue will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The action involves a request to DASNY for funding from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for its acquisition of 118 Madison Avenue project (Proposed Project). For purposes of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the proposed action would consist of DASNY's authorization of the issuance of tax exempt Revenue Bonds, Series 2018 in an estimated aggregate principal amount not to exceed $34,000,000. The bond issue on behalf of AADA would be pursuant to DASNY's Independent Colleges and Universities Program.

The proposed project would consist of the acquisition of an approximately 31,338 gross square foot, 13 story building on an approximately 2,351 square foot parcel located at 118 Madison Avenue in Manhattan that AADA is currently leasing for student housing. The building has a capacity of 144 beds and contains retail space on the ground floor. No changes to occupancy are proposed as part of the project; the number of students occupying the building would remain the same.

The proposed project is adjacent to the Academy's main building at 120 Madison Avenue, which is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places (S/NR) and is also a designated New York City Landmark (NYCL) by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC LPC).

The project is located at 118 Madison Avenue in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Sara E. Stein, DASNY, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, NY 10119; Phone: (212) 273-5092, E-mail: sstein@dasny.org


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed M1 Hotel Text Amendment. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on July 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the New York City Planning Commission Public Hearing Room, located in Lower Concourse of 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until August 6, 2018. Tha Draft EIS is available from the New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY, 10271-3100 and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/eis-documents.page

The action involves a proposal by the The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) for zoning text amendments to establish a New York City Planning Commission special permit (NYCPC special permit) for new hotel development in M1 districts citywide. The NYCPC special permit would be required for transient accommodations including hotels, motels, tourist cabins and boatels. This would allow for more balanced neighborhood growth and prevent conflicts with viable industrial businesses in core industrial areas, while supporting the growth of other kinds of commercial uses and, in limited instances, residential uses in other light manufacturing districts.

The proposed NYCPC special permit would apply to all M1 zoning districts, excluding MX or paired M1/R districts, except for: a) M1 districts that include airport property and areas adjacent to airports that are predominantly non-residential; and, b) M1 districts with existing hotel special permit provisions. The analysis year for the environmental review is 2028.

Since the issuance of the Notice of Completion for the Draft EIS, NYC DCP has proposed to modify the zoning text amendment. The public hearing will also consider this modification to the zoning text amendment.

The project is located M1 zoning districts of New York City, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271; Phone: (212) 720-3423, Fax: (212) 720-3495, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov


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