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Public Notice

Availability for Comment of Voluntary Cleanup Project Work Plan
For USPS - Former Gowanus Manufactured Gas Plant, Site No. V00405-2

Project Location: 124-136 Second Avenue, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, Region 2

Brief Project Description: The site occupies 9.4 acres of currently undeveloped land in a mixed commercial/industrial area adjacent to the Gowanus Canal. Neighboring land uses include an oil distributor, a garbage truck maintenance facility, a school district warehouse, and a grocery store and attached strip mall. Residential areas are located a few blocks away to the east and west; no residential properties are in the immediate area.

Contamination results from operation of a manufactured gas plant (MGP) on part of the site from roughly 1880 to the late 1930's. The actual MGP facility was located where the neighboring grocery store stands today; however, three MGP gas holders were located on the southern portion of this site. The holder foundations are still present in the subsurface, and contain up to eight feet of tar-saturated soils. Substantial amounts of tar-saturated soils are also present in the areas surrounding the former gas holders, extending to depths 40-80 feet below the site, making full recovery of tars under any remediation scenario impracticable. No tar-impacted soils are present at the surface, since a 4 foot layer of alternate grading material has been placed over the tops of the holder foundations. Beyond the immediate vicinity of the holders, the northern 2/3 of the site is largely unimpacted.

The intended use of the site is as a "big box" commercial/retail establishment, taking advantage of ready access from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The exact configuration of the development has not been determined, but it is anticipated that the site will be fully covered with buildings or pavement.

Overview of the Remediation Plan:
Gasholders: Soil and coal tar contained within the gasholders will be treated in situ to remove coal tar by hot water flushing for collection and disposal and to remove additional volatile organics by vapor extraction. After treatment, the residuals will be stabilized to immobilize any remaining contaminants.

Shallow coal-tar contaminated soil above the meadow mat layer (less than 20 feet below grade): Hot spots of shallow contaminated soil will be excavated for off-site treatment and disposal.

Mobile coal tar below the meadow mat layer (more than 20 feet below grade): Collection wells will be installed in areas of mobile tar. Coal tar removed form the wells will be disposed off-site.

Vapors in shallow soils: Any enclosed structure constructed above the former gasholder area will be designed with a vapor barrier and sub-slab vapor collection system.

Public Comment Period ends: April 27, 2001

Contact: Gardiner Cross, Division of Environmental Remediation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY, 12233-7010, Phone: (518) 457-4343.

Negative Declaration

New York County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New Foundations East New York Site 1A will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of six units of affordable housing in 2, 3-story structures. The project is located in Community District No. 5, Brooklyn.

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


New York County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New Foundations East New York Site 2A will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of 34 units of affordable housing in 17, two-family homes. The project is located in Community District No. 5, Brooklyn.

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

Conditioned Negative Declaration

Queens County - New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed High School for Information Technology Ė 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 construction of a new 800 seat high school serving students from grades nine through twelve in the borough of Queens. The approximately 1.3-acre site contains a vacant one-story building formerly used as a retail electronics store and its accessory parking lot; the existing structure would be demolished to accommodate the new school. The proposed school would contain a total of approximately 146,000 square feet of gross floor area, including classrooms, administrative offices, auditorium, support functions, gymnasium and library. The project is located at 50-02 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, Queens County.

The conditions include:

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

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping Session

New York County (Staten Island) - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed South Richmond Watershed Drainage Plans may have a significant adverse effect on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping meeting to receive comments on a Draft Scope of Work for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be held on Thursday, April 26th, at 7:30 p.m. at the offices of Community Board No. 3, 655-218 Rossville Avenue, Staten Island, New York, 10309. A copy of the Draft Scope of Work may be obtained from the Community Board No. 3 office; the Staten Island Borough Presidentís Office, by calling (718) 595-4399; or by writing to Carol Salvatore, Office of Environmental Planning and Assessment, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, 11th Floor, 59-17 Junction Blvd., Corona, NY 11368. Under the proposed action DEP would implement storm and sanitary drainage plans for the watersheds described below. The drainage areas are located in Community Board No. 3 in Staten Island. The watersheds are:

The sanitary drainage plans would provide a design for the installation of sanitary sewers in each watershed for the conveyance of sanitary waste for treatment at the New York City Oakwood Beach Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). Storm water sewers would be installed in accordance with a plan developed to protect, enhance, and preserve the natural features within the drainage basins. Best Management Practices (BMPs) would serve to intercept storm water prior to its release into the creeks in order to control water quality and quantity.

Contact: Angela Licata, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Environmental Planning and Assessment, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Corona, New York 11368, phone (718) 595-4398 and fax (718) 595-4479.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Queens County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft EIS on the proposed Long Island City Zoning Changes and Related Actions. A public hearing on the DEIS will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 10 AM at City Hall, 2nd floor public hearing room, to receive comments from the public on the DEIS. Comments are requested on the DEIS and will be accepted until ten days after the close of the public hearing. The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) proposes zoning text and map amendments in Long Island City, Community Districts 1 and 2. These actions are intended to support the Cityís efforts to establish a new Central Business District (CBD) in Long Island City and strengthen the mixed use character of the area by stimulating new commercial and residential development. Specifically, DCP proposes zoning map and text amendments and other related actions for 39 blocks generally located between 23rd Street, 43rd Avenue, 21st Street, the center line of the Queens Borough Bridge approach, 23rd Street, 41st Avenue, 40th Road, Northern Boulevard, 41st Avenue, the Sunnyside Yard, Crane Street, and Jackson Avenue.

The proposed zoning text amendments would:

In addition, within the Queens Plaza Subdistrict provisions for street tree planting, refuse storage, and sidewalk widenings would be included. The parking and loading provisions of Article I Chapter 3 of the New York City Zoning Resolution would apply throughout the subdistrict, with an exception to allow a maximum of 200, rather than 100 spaces for commercial or industrial developments on Blocks 263, 264 and 420. Certain curb-cut provisions would be enacted, as well.

The proposed zoning map amendments would:

The proposed building would comprise 977,248 square feet of floor area primarily for office use, with retail use on the ground floor and accessory parking for 100 cars. A total of 45,555 square feet of publicly accessible open space would be provided on all sides of the full block, with the largest area (18,325 square feet) set on the Sunnyside Yard end of the site.

Under the development scenario outlined in the DEIS, approximately 5.0 million square feet of office development and 300 housing units, in addition to retail and institutional developments, could be developed on several sites within the rezoning area over the next decade.

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

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

New York City County - The Department of City Planning for the City of New York, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Flushing-Bedford Rezoning. The action involves an amendment to the zoning map to change M1-2 and M3-1 zoning districts to R7-1 and M1-1 and M1-2 zoning district to M1-2/R7-1, for 15 blocks. The project is located in the Flushing Avenue and Bedford Avenue area of Community Districts 1 and 3, Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, City Planning Commission, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, 1W, New York, New York 10007.