Conditioned Negative Declaration

Kings County - The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA), as lead agency has determined that the proposed Public School/ Intermediate School 156 - Brooklyn will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the site selection, acceptance of construction funding and construction of Public and Intermediate School 156 (P.S./I.S. 156) in the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn. The proposed new school will be located on the block bound by Sutter Avenue to the north, Legion Street to the east, Blake Avenue to the south and Grafton Street to the west. The new school will be built on the site of the old P.S. 156-Brooklyn, an obsolete public school building that closed in 1993 and will be demolished as part of this project. The proposed new school will provide a full range of educational services to students displaced by the closing of P.S. 156-Brooklyn. The proposed new school will contain spaces for 1,200 students in grades K-8 in a single building containing approximately 140,000 square feet of floor area. There will be a total of 25,000 square feet of outdoor play space, contained in three distinct areas. The proposed school is expected to open in September 2002. The project is located at 104 Sutter Avenue Brownsville, Brooklyn.

The conditions imposed are: Standard traffic engineering methods could provide the level of relief necessary to mitigate the potential project-related adverse impacts to traffic that were identified during the environmental review process. These include shifting an additional one-second of green time to the Pitkin Avenue phase at the Legion Street intersection, and two seconds to the Pitkin Avenue phase at the Grafton Street intersection. At the three-street intersection of Pitkin Avenue with Howard and East New York Avenues, mitigation would include shifting two seconds of green time from the eastbound Pitkin Avenue phase to the East New York/Pitkin Avenue phase. With the adoption of these mitigative measures, the proposed action will not have a significant adverse impact on any traffic movement or intersection approaches in the study area. The SCA will petition the New York City Department of Transportation prior to completion of construction to implement traffic signal timing modifications to result in no significant impact on traffic and transportation in the project site area.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, Vice President & General Counsel, 30-30 Thompson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 472-8220 Fax: (718) 472-8808.

Negative Declaration

Manhattan County - The NYC Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency has determined that the proposed City Water Tunnel No. 3, Stage 2, Shaft 29B will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a vertical water supply shaft to connect to City Tunnel No. 3. Shaft 29B would be approximately 430 feet deep of which approximately 100 feet would be in soil and the remaining 330 feet in solid rock. Upon construction of the shaft, a subsurface distribution chamber would be built on top of the shaft. The distribution chamber would be approximately three feet below grade with entrance to the chamber through two hatchways at ground level and there would be two 5x3 foot hatchways at the pavement level and a 14 inch diameter air vent, 10 feet above pavement level. Upon project completion, the site would be returned to the Port Authority and the NYCDEP would landscape their portion of the site consistent with the Port Authority's future plans for landscaping the entire Rotary area. Shaft 29B is one of the proposed six supply shafts of the Manhattan South Tunnel, which is an underground water tunnel designed to increase the system's capacity, enhance peak flow capacity, improve pressure in outlying areas, permit the inspection and repair of City Water Tunnels 1 and 2, and provide back-up service in the event of a system failure. The project is located at Block 213, Lot 1, Holland Tunnel Rotary in the Borough of Manhattan.

Contact: Lisa Fuerst, Project Manager, 59-17 Junction Blvd, Corona, NY 11368 (718) 595-4407 Fax: 718 - 595-4479

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

New York City (All Boroughs) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency has accepted a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Uniform Bulk Program and Related Zoning Text and Map Amendments. A public hearing on the draft EIS will be held on a date to be announced later. Written comments on the draft EIS will be accepted until 10 days following the close of the hearing. The action involves three interrelated zoning actions: 1) the Unified Bulk Program, a citywide zoning text amendment intended to simplify, rationalize and improve controls on the height and massing of development, 2) the Lexington Avenue Rezoning, which would rezone several blocks along Lexington Avenue between East 54th Street and East 57th Street from C5-2A to C5-2.5 and extend the Special Midtown District to include this area and 3) zoning map and text amendments to create a new special district in the central business district of Downtown Brooklyn.

Contact: Tobert Dobruskin, Director, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007-1216 (212) 720-3423 Fax: (212) 720-3495.