Public Notice

DEC Announces Free Pollution Prevention Workshops Designed for Metal Finishers

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will conduct four free pollution prevention workshops across the state for the metal finishers industry sector, according to Mary Werner, Acting Director of DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit.

These workshops are designed to provide compliance guidance and technical assistance to metal finishers. The workshops, supported by a grant received from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, are open to industry representatives, consultants, municipal employees or anyone who would like to benefit from this training.

These workshops are part of DEC's growing emphasis on pollution prevention as the most effective and least expensive way to protect our environment," said Werner. "DEC workshops have been very successful at helping industries increase the efficiency and quality of operations through waste reduction and improved environmental compliance."

Workshop participants will receive the following informational materials prepared by the DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit:

  1. Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Guide for Metal Finishers; and
  2. Environmental Self-Assessment for Metal Finishers.

The half-day workshops will be held at the following locations:

All sessions will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 7:45 a.m. Interested individuals and groups are asked to pre-register by contacting Dottie O'Hare of DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 457-2553 or fax (518) 457-2570. You can also register on their web site: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu

Negative Declaration

Queens County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Public School 234 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the SCA proposed 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 pre-kindergarten to five, will have a capacity of approximately 900 seats. The project site, which is located on a block bound by 30th Avenue to the north, 30th Street to the east, 30th Drive to the south and 29th Street to the west, has an area of approximately 0.92 acres and is rectangular in shape. 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, Block 592, Lot 15.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101-3045.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Expansion of the Museum of Modern Art may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a draft Environmental Impact State must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until April 24, 2000. A public scoping session will be held on April 14, 2000 at 22 Reade Street, Manhattan. The action involves an application from the Museum of Modern Art. The action would require: the rezoning of a portion of the midblock on the north side of 53rd Street from C5-P to C5-2.5; a zoning text amendment to the special Midtown District chapter to modify the district map to reflect the elimination of the proposed rezoning area from the Preservation Subdistrict; a zoning text amendment to ZR Section 81-066 (Special permit modifications of Section 81-40 and Section 77-00) to allow the transfer of bulk across district lines in the Special Midtown District by Special Permit of the City Planning Commission; a Special Permit pursuant to the modified ZR Section 81-066 to allow the transfer of bulk across district boundaries in the Special Midtown District; an authorization pursuant to Section 81-90 to modify streetwall requirements; modification to an existing variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals to modify rear-yard requirements, and temporary use of properties in Queens. The project is located at the former Dorset Hotel location, 53rd and 54th Streets, New York City, and 45-20 33rd Street, Queens, NY.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, (212) 720-3423.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Queens County - The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Finance , as lead agency has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Queens Center Mall Expansion–Municipal Parking Field #1. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on April 18, 2000 at 10:00 AM at City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, 1st Floor, New York . Written comments on the draft EIS will be accepted until April 28, 2000. The action involves the expansion of Queens Center mall, located on the block bounded by Queens Boulevard, 57th Avenue, 59th Avenue, 90th Street, and 92nd Street. The expansion would be located on Municipal Parking Field #1, located on the block immediately adjacent and to the east of the Queens Center mall, on two small gas station parcels located on the same block as the mall, and above grade connections over 92nd Street. The municipal parking field is located on the block between 57th and 59th Avenues and between 92nd and 94th Streets.. The project is located on Block 1860, Lots 59, 64, 100, and Block 1873, Lot 1: The blocks bounded by 90th Street, 57th Avenue, 94th Street, Queens Boulevard and 59th Avenue, Queens.

Contact: Hardy Adasko, Senior Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038 (212) 312–3703 Fax: (212) 312–3911 E-mail: mlee@nycedc.com.