ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

        
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Draft Negative Declaration

Manhattan County - The NYC Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed City Water Tunnel No. 3, Stage 2, Shaft 32B will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed project involves the construction of a vertical water supply shaft to connect to City Tunnel No. 3. Shaft 32B would provide access for operation and maintenance of City Tunnel No. 3. Shaft 32B would be approximately 400 feet deep of which approximately 40 feet would be in soil and the remaining 360 feet in solid rock. Upon construction of the shaft, a subsurface distribution chamber would be built on top of the shaft. The distribution chamber would be approximately three feet below grade with entrance to the chamber through two hatchways at ground level. Upon project completion, the proposed site would be vacant except for two 5x3 foot hatchways flush with the sidewalk and a 10 foot, 14 inch diameter air vent at curbside on Second Avenue. Shaft 32B is one of the proposed seven supply shafts of the Manhattan South Tunnel, which is an underground water tunnel designed to increase the New York Cityís water supply systemís capacity, enhance peak flow capacity, improve pressure in outlying areas, permit the inspection and repair of City Water Tunnels 1 and 2, and provide back-up service in the event of a system failure. The site is located between two designated historic structures which have been landmarked by NYC and are listed on the National Register at 994-1000 Second Avenue, Manhattan.

Contact: Lisa Fuerst, Project Manager, 59-17 Junction Blvd, Corona, NY 11368, phone: (718) 595-4407, Fax: (718) 595-4479.

Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Manhattan County) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Liberty Street Tower Parking Garage 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: 1. a zoning text amendment replacing Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 91-311 with a new ZR Section 91-35 to allow modification of the setback, lot coverage, and maximum horizontal dimensions requirements above 300 feet, in addition to the modifications currently permitted regarding the locational requirements and minimum base height for street walls in the Special Lower Manhattan District by Special Permit (020062 ZRM). 2. a special permit for modification of the street wall, setback and lot coverage requirements, pursuant to the new ZR Section 91-35 (020063 ZSM). 3. a special permit pursuant to ZR Sections 13-562 and 74-52 to allow the construction of a 200 space public parking garage (020064 ZSM). 4. a special permit pursuant to ZR Section 74-91 to modify the elevation and obstruction requirements set forth in Section 37-04(f)(1) for the urban plaza design standards and to waive the minimum dimension requirements set forth in Section 37-04(d)(3) for the minor portion of the plaza (020065 ZSM). 5.City Planning Commission Chairman certification of a kiosk in an urban plaza pursuant to Section 37-04 (g)(5) of the Zoning Resolution (020066 ZCM). The project is located at 10 Liberty Street, New York City. The Conditional Negative Declaration, issued on July 20, 2001, is rescinded.

The conditions include: The modification of the traffic signal timing as follows: a. At the intersection of Water Street and Maiden Lane, during the A.M. peak hour, 3.0 seconds of green time would be transferred from the northbound-southbound phase to the eastbound-westbound phase. b.At the intersection of Pearl Street and Maiden Lane, during the midday peak hour, 2.0 seconds of signal time would be transferred from the all pedestrian phase to the east-west traffic phase. c. At the intersection of Water Street and Maiden Lane, during the midday peak hour, 3.0 seconds of green time would be transferred from the northbound-southbound phase to the eastbound-westbound phase. d.At the intersection of Water Street and Maiden Lane, during the P.M. peak hour, 1.0 seconds of green time would be transferred from the northbound-southbound phase to the eastbound-westbound phase.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Director, EARD, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423, E-mail: mgarcia@planning.nyc.gov

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping Session

New York City (Manhattan County) - The NYC Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cooper Union development plan may have a significant adverse environmental impact and a draft EIS must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on September 20, 2001 at 10:00 am at the City of New York Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art ("Cooper Union"), proposes to establish a General Large-Scale Development Plan (GLSDP), consisting of three building sites in the East Village section of Manhattan, Community Board 3. The applicant is requesting the following actions:

These actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop approximately 824,545 gross square feet (gsf) that includes 649,978 gsf of new construction. The project involves the demolition of the existing 6-story Engineering Building and 2-story Hewitt Building. New construction at these building sites would replace the existing academic and administrative space and add an additional 361,238 gsf of commercial use and 31,785 gsf of street-level retail. No changes are proposed to the existing 174,850 gsf Foundation Building. In addition, a public pavilion would be provided on the Engineering Building site. The project is comprised of the Abram S. Hewitt Building site (Block 462, Lot 1), located at 43-55 Third Avenue; the Foundation Building site (Block 544, Lot 76), located at 8-17 Third Avenue; and the Engineering Building site (Block 554, Lot 35), located at 51 Astor Place in Manhattan.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Director, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, NYC Dept. of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Rm 4E, New York, NY 10007, (212) 720-3423, Fax (212) 720-3495.