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

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Queens County - The New York City School Construction Authority as lead agency has determined that the proposed Public School 58, Queens will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the site selection, acquisition, acceptance of construction funding, and construction of a new 900-seat elementary school to be known as Public School 58 in the Maspeth section of Queens. The project contains a total of approximately 94,000 square feet. Public School 58 will serve the students of Community School District #24 (CSD 24). Elementary schools in CSD 24 operated at 124 percent of their built capacity during the 1998-1999 school year. According to preliminary plans, P.S. 58 would be a three- to four-story building containing a total of up to 130,000 square feet in gross floor area. The remainder of the project site would be developed for site access, service/delivery area, playground(s), and landscaping. Construction of P.S. 58 is expected to begin in 2000 and to be complete by late 2002. The project is located at 72-24 through 72-50 Grand Avenue, 72-11 57th Avenue, and 72-13 57th Avenue, Maspeth, Queens, New York Block 2802, Lots 1, 82, 90, 94, 96, and 97.

The conditions imposed are:

  1. The SCA will submit the results of recommended archeological testing 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.
  2. Petition the New York City Department of Transportation prior to completion of construction to implement the following traffic signal timing modifications: shifting two seconds from the 60th Street green phase in conjunction with giving a four-second lead time to the Grand Avenue eastbound approach. This will result in no significant impact on traffic and transportation in the project site area.
  3. If the final site design for P.S. 58 locates a school playground less than 35 feet from nearby residences and does not site the school building between the playground and those residences, offer the tenants of the affected residences the option of installing double-glazed windows to result in no significant noise impacts.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, Vice President and General Counsel, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: 718-472-8220, Fax:718-472-8220.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Queens County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Long Island City Zoning Changes and Related Actions 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. A public scoping session will be held on 4/24/00 at 10:00 am at 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Comments will be accepted until 5/5/00. The action involves a number of actions proposed by multiple applicants that, together, would result in the creation of a new central business district in the Long Island City area of Queens and the development of several specific projects within Long Island City. These actions include 1) a proposal by the Department of City Planning to expand and rename the Special Hunters Point Mixed Use District to the Special Long Island City Mixed-use District, and associated zoning text and map amendments, 2) a proposal by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services for the disposition of the Queens Plaza Municipal Parking Garage (Block 420), 3) a proposal by Outlet City, Inc. for a change to the city map to discontinue and close West Street south of Jackson Avenue (Blocks 263 and 264), and 4) a proposal by G&M Realty, L.P. for a Special Permit pursuant to proposed Zoning Resolution section 117-559 to modify the bulk provisions of Block 86, Lots 1 and 22 and Block 72, Lot 80. The affected area of the proposed zoning map and text amendments are generally bounded by 41st Avenue and 40th Road to the north, the Sunnyside Yards to the southeast, and 5th Street to the west, in Community Districts 1 and 2.

It is projected that the proposed action, not including the Special Permit, could result in the induced development of up to 3.9 million square feet of commercial office development, 300 residential dwellings units, 400,000 square feet of community facility space, and 200,000 square feet of local and destination retail space. The Special Permit would allow an additional 965,016 square feet of office development in a building that would include 12,000 square feet of retail space, a 100-space accessory parking garage and approximately 36,735 square feet of publicly-accessible open space as a condition of the Special Permit. The EIS will assess a somewhat larger development under the Special Permit provisions (1,025,016 square feet of either residential or office development), incorporating three lots on the subject block which are not part of the current Special Permit application. The project is located at The Long Island City neighborhood of Queens community districts 1 and 2.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, DCP, 22 Reade Street, Rm 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone:212-720-3423, Fax: 212-720-3495.