ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Queens County - The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA), as lead agency has determined that the proposed Public School 166- Queens, Addition 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 acceptance of construction funding and construction of a four-story, approximately 32,400-square-foot, 360-seat modular addition to the existing Public School 166 in Astoria, Queens. The proposed addition would extend the existing four-story building onto the open area in the northwest portion of the site, eliminating the schoolyard. The proposed addition would alleviate overcrowding at P.S. 166Q, which has a building capacity of 993 students and had an enrollment of 1,215 students in the 1998-1999 school year. In addition, the proposed project will alleviate overcrowding at P.S. 112Q, which was operating at 113 percent of capacity during the 1998-1999 school year. Construction of the addition is expected to begin in the spring of 2000 and the addition would be completed for the start of the 2001-2002 school year. The project is located at 33-09 35th Avenue Astoria, Queens.

The conditions imposed include standard traffic engineering methods to provide the level of relief necessary to mitigate the potential project-related adverse impacts to traffic that were identified during the environmental review process. The proposed action would cause a significant adverse impact at the intersection of 35th Avenue and 33rd Street during both peak hours. The eastbound approach along 35th Avenue would deteriorate from Level of Service (LOS) D to LOS F during the morning peak hour and from LOS D to LOS E during the mid-afternoon peak hour. This potential impact can be mitigated by shifting two seconds of green time from the northbound phase to the east/west phase of the signal cycle. 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.

Revised Conditional Negative Declaration

Queens County - The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA), as lead agency has determined that the proposed Public School 234 - Queens 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. A comprehensive Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) for the proposed action was completed and issued on March 18, 1999, and a CND was issued on March 31, 1999. Subsequently, program changes were made to the proposed facility including a capacity increase from 650 seats to approximately 900 seats. A Revised Environmental Assessment Form (Revised EAF) for the revised proposed action was completed and issued on March 2, 2000. The proposed action along with incorporated changes is herein referred to as the revised proposed action. The revised proposed action involves site selection, acceptance of construction funding, and construction of an elementary school on Block 592, Lot 15 in the borough of Queens. The revised proposed new school, serving grades kindergarten to five in Community School District 30, will have a capacity of 900 seats. The project site is located on a block bounded by 30th Avenue to the north, 30th Street to the east, 30th Drive to the south, and 29th Street to the west. The revised proposed new school will contain approximately 100,000 gross square feet of floor area on four levels. In the southeastern portion of the property, there will be an 8,000-square-foot main playground fronting on 30th Street. The primary building entrance and a service entrance will be on 29th Street. The project is located at 30-25 29th Street Astoria, Queens, Block 592, Lot 15.

The conditions imposed are:

  1. The SCA will petition the New York City Department of Transportation to undertake improvements along 30th Avenue including traffic signal timing adjustments, new restrictions on turns and curbside parking, and lane restriping to accommodate exclusive turn lanes. Specifically, signal cycles should be adjusted at the intersections of 30th Avenue with 29th and 30th streets during certain times of day.
  2. SCA will submit the completed Phase IB/II archeological investigation report on the project site to OPRHP. If necessary, measures to ensure that no significant archeological resources are adversely affected by the proposed action will be established in coordination with OPRHP.

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

Positive Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The Battery Park City Authority, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Zoning Modifications to the Special Battery Park City District Text may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves several zoning actions in Battery Park City's (BPC's) North and South Neighborhoods. The primary proposed zoning actions are modifications to the existing building height and streetwall regulations governing Sites 16/17, 18B, 19B, 23, and 24. In addition, later this year, BPCA intends to pursue additional zoning actions, including (1) zoning Site 26 to permit development of an approximately 1.9 million-square-foot office building (including 550,755 square feet of unused development space from adjacent Site 25); and (2) rezoning Site 16/17 from its current 12 Floor Area Ratio (FAR) residential zoning to permit development of a 15 FAR commercial or mixed-use commercial and residential building.

BPCA is also proposing three other unrelated zoning actions:

The project is located in Battery Park City, New York.

Contact: Michael Ketring, Esq. Senior Development Counsel, One World Financial Center, New York, NY 10182 (212) 416-5342 Fax: (212) 416-5393.