ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Public Notice

Voluntary Cleanup Agreement: Notice of Availability for Comment

Name of Volunteer: KeySpan Corporation, New York

Project Location - Kings County: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and KeySpan Corporation of New York have entered into Remedial Response Program Voluntary Agreement, Index No. D2-0002-99-10, which includes an attached Remedial Work Plan (the "Agreement"). The Voluntary Cleanup site is located in light industrial/residential section of Elmhurst, Queens, New York (the "Site").

Project Description: The property is approximately 6 acres in size located in Elmhurst, Queens County, bordered by 57th Avenue, a Conrail right of way, Grand Avenue and 80th Street. The site, known as both the Elmhurst Tanks and Newtown Holders Station, was formerly occupied by two large gas holders of the water seal type, which were decommissioned in 1993 and which are now being dismantled and removed from the property. These holders were painted with lead based paint to protect them from the elements. Dismantling and removal of holders is continuing, which requires loading the materials onto trucks and removal from site. After removal of the holders, excavation areas will be backfilled with approved fill materials with top two feet of clean soil.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the site may contain residues expected of an industrial facility that had operated for more than 70 years. KeySpan is now conducting an investigation of the site to determine the scope and extent of any lead or other contamination related to historic use , and to determine whether and, if so, what remedial measures may be appropriate to permit return of the site to valuable use.

Comment period: The Agreement and attached Work Plan for the Site is available for review at the location below. The public is invited to review the Agreement and attached Work Plan and submit written comments to the contact person within 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the Work Plan must explain the basis of that opposition and identify the specific grounds which could lead the Department to impose significant changes to the Work Plan. No formal response is made to comments received, but, as a result of comments, the Department may reevaluate and revise the Work Plan.

Contact person: Shaminder Chawla, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 2, 1 Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, New York 11101-5407, phone: (718) 482-4900, Fax: (718) 482-4043.

Negative Declaration

New York City, Brooklyn (Kings) County - The Brooklyn Public Library, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Acquisition of Paerdegat Library and Adjacent Lot will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the acquisition of an existing site being operated under lease for continued use as the Paerdegat Branch of the BPL. Additionally, the BPL proposes to acquire the vacant, unimproved, lot directly adjacent to the facility. No funds exist to improve either of the two sites. The project is located at 850 East 59th Street, Brooklyn.

Contact: Robert Zoller, Capital Projects Financial Manager, Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York 11238-5619, phone: (718) 230-2487.


New York City County - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Southern Boulevard Commercial/Retail EAS will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a one story commercial/retail building, which involves the disposition of city-owned, vacant land. The proposed building will have approximately 8,000 gross square feet of space. The project is located at 1811-1819 Southern Boulevard and 907 East 175th Street.

Contact: Beverly Reith, Director, Environmental Review, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, 100 Gold Street, New York 10038.


New York City (Manhattan) County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 315 West 33rd Street Parking Garage will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a Special Permit that would allow a 250 space parking garage to be located on a through lot between West 33rd and West 34th Streets, west of Eighth Avenue across from the Farley Post Offic in Manhattan Community District 4.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, Room 1W, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423.

Positive Declaration

New York City (Manhattan) County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 55 Water Street may have a significant adverse environmental impact and a draft EIS must be prepared. The action proposes to replace the existing North Tower at 55 Water Street with a new trading facility to expand its operations in Lower Manhattan. In order to have an enlarged floorplate, the project would remove an existing 40,232 sq. ft. raised plaza on-site at the corner of Old Slip and South Street. The project site is located at 55 Water Street, between Coenties Slip and Old Slip in Manhattan Community District 1 (Block 32, Lot 1). The site is zoned C6-9 and is located within the Special Lower Manhattan District.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, Room 1W, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423.