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Voluntary Cleanup Agreement
Notice of Availability for Comment

Name of Volunteer: New York City Department of Business Services (DBS).

Site Name and No.: Hunts Point Food Distribution Center Site B, Site No. V00436-2

Project Location: The 38.3-acre site is located in the southern portion of the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Borough and County of the Bronx. It is bounded on the north by Food Center Drive, on the south by the East River and the parking lot for Vernon C. Baines Floating Correctional Facility, on the west by the continuation of Halleck Street and the Hunts Point Water Pollution Control Plant, and on the east by Farragut Street and the South Bronx Marine Transfer Station (inactive).

Project Description: The Volunteer intends to develop Site B which was historically part of a Consolidated Edison coal gasification facility (coking station) constructed between 1924 and 1932 and operated until the early 1960s. The Response Plan consists of excavation and off-site disposal of visibly contaminated soil, including approximately 15,000 cubic yards of material containing coal tar and/or "tar boils", and approximately 4,300 cubic yards of purifier bed waste; installation of a soil vapor extraction/air sparging system; installation of a free-phase product recovery system; general site grading and importation of fill to bring the site up to final grade; and implementation of institutional controls. Following the remediation, the site will be used for the construction of a 451,000 square foot two-story state-of-the-art wholesale seafood distribution facility and asphalt parking lot.

Comment Period: The Voluntary Cleanup Agreement and Response Plan are available for review at the locations identified below. Written comments on this action must be received within 30 days of this Notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the Response Plan must explain the basis of that opposition and identify specific grounds which justify the Departmentís imposing significant changes to the Response Plan. No formal response is made to comments received, but, as a result of comments, the Department may re-evaluate and revise the Response Plan.

Contact Person: Ronnie Lee, P.E., NYS DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7015.

The Response Plan is available at: the above office; the New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038 - Contact Person: Kay Zias; and the Departmentís Region 2 Office located at 1 Hunter Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101 - Contact Person: Jennifer Kann.


Voluntary Cleanup Agreement
Notice of Availability for Comment

Name of Volunteer: EDO Corporation

Site Name and No.: 111-01 14th Avenue, College Point, Queens.
Index # A2-0426-0007

Project Location: Parcel of real property located at 111-01 14th Avenue, College Point, County of Queens, State of New York, with tax identification number as Parcel 1, (Partial) Block 4031, Lot 1.

Project Description: The Volunteer entered into an agreement with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for implementation of a Remedial Response Program - activities designed to address environmental contamination at the site. The site is bounded by the East River on the west and north, by 14th Avenue on the south, and 111th Street on the east. Cadmium and chromium are present in soils and groundwater beneath the main building formerly used for plating operations at the Site, as well as to the south and adjacent to the plating area. The siteís contemplated use is commercial or industrial use excluding day care, child care and medical care uses. The proposed actions will include additional site investigation, site remediation, and groundwater monitoring. Additional investigation will include subsurface soil sampling and analysis, sediment sampling in the East River and analysis, water sampling in the East River and analysis. Remediation will include soil excavation, chemical stabilization/solidification of the residual contaminated soil that can not be accessed for excavation, introduction of a reducing agent to groundwater immediately beneath the former plating area to reduce the toxicity and mobility of chromium, collection of confirmatory post-remedial soil samples, and backfilling of the excavated areas with clean soil and the placing of a new concrete floor. A groundwater monitoring program will be initiated to demonstrate that chromium and cadmium concentrations in groundwater do not adversely impact the East River and to demonstrate the effectiveness of remedial efforts in and around the former plating area.

The purpose of the site remediation is to ensure protection of human health and the environment for the intended site use as an industrial/commercial facility.

Comment Period: The project work plan is available for review at the location below. Written comments on this action will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the project 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 re-evaluate and make revisions to the work plan.

Contacts: Dennis Wolterding, Chief of the DEC Region 2 Hazardous Waste Remediation Program Vadim Brevdo, P.E., Project Manager, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 2 Office, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone: (718) 482-4602 (D. Wolterding), or (718) 482-4891 (V. Brevdo), Fax: (718) 482-6358.

Conditional Negative Declaration

New York City - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 79 Laight Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment commencing with the date of this notice. The proposal involves an application by 79 Laight Street LLC for the following actions: (1)an authorization pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 111-23 to modify the use regulations of Sections 111-101 to allow loft dwellings below the floor level of the third story of a building and 111-103(b) to allow loft dwellings on the upper floors in a building with a lot coverage exceeding 5,000 square feet in Area B-2 of the Special Tribeca Mixed Use District (N010731ZAM). (2)a Certification by the Chairman of the City Planning Commission pursuant to ZR Section 111-20(c) to modify the rooftop open space requirements of Section 111-112 to allow less than the required square footage (N010732ZCM). The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal to allow the conversion of an existing 6-story warehouse building to residential use. The building is located at 79 Laight Street (Block 217, Lot 6). The site is zoned M1-5, is located within the Special Tribeca Mixed Use District and is in the Tribeca North Historic District, Community District 1, Manhattan. The proposed building will contain 88,062 square feet of gross floor area consisting of 32 loft dwelling units, a superintendentís apartment and 4,257 square feet of roof top recreation space. The building is currently vacant and is undergoing an as-of-right conversion to office use. It is expected that the project would be completed in 2002. The application includes a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and a report stating that a continuing maintenance program has been established that will result in the preservation of 79 Laight Street, and that the proposed use modification contributes to a preservation purpose.

In summary, conditions include: The subject site encompasses approximately 14,175 square feet and is occupied by a 6-story commercial warehouse structure. Although the existing warehouse structure had been utilized by the United States Sugar Company, since it was built in 1853, the building has been vacant for approximately 15 years. At this time, the developer proposes to convert the existing structure into a 33-unit residential loft apartment building. Based upon review of site plans and blueprints for the proposed construction project, it appears the subsurface soils would be disturbed during the process of lowering the basement floor (from ~6' bgs to ~8' bgs). Based upon the close proximity of the subject site to West Street and Hudson River, it is likely that the subsurface soils at the site consists of fill material. The building is currently undergoing conversion to as-of-right office use. The basement is being lowered approximately 4 feet. The lowering is approximately 90% completed. Although the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) January 26, 2000 report prepared by Middleton, Kontokosta Associates, LTD. and attached to the EAS concluded that there were no recognized environmental concerns at the subject site, it is likely that, due to the age of the warehouse structure, both lead-based paints and suspect asbestos containing materials (ACM) are present within the subject building. According to historical records, the building has always been utilized as a warehouse and there have never been any storage tanks or transformers on site. In addition, it is likely that urban fill material (which typically displays concentrations of SVOCs, PCBs and Heavy Metals) exists beneath the site. Excavation of the basement slab could raise hazardous materials concerns.

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


New York City - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Melville Plaza Shopping Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment commencing with the date of this notice. CVS Pharmacy seeks an authorization from the City Planning Commission (CPC) pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 36-023 for a group parking facility accessory to a commercial enlargement on a zoning lot in excess of four acres in a C4-1 district, and for a reduction of the parking requirement of ZR Section 36-21 by 40 percent. The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to enlarge the Melville Plaza Shopping Center, located at 2485 Richmond Avenue (Block 2400, Lots 25 and83) in a C4-1 zoning district in Community District 2, Staten Island. The enlargement would consist of a new 12,150 sq. ft. CVS Pharmacy and store and an already built 5,740 sq, ft. storage mezzanine, totaling 17,890 sq. ft.. The proposed enlargement would be built in an area of the shopping center now used for parking, and the parking spaces would not be replaced. With the proposed enlargement, the shopping center would contain 81,838 sq. ft. of floor area and 330 parking spaces. The shopping center currently contains 69,688 sq. ft. of floor area (including the already built 5,740 sq. ft. mezzanine) and 427 parking spaces.

In summary, conditions include: 1) The applicant agrees to contact the NYC Department of Transportation within six months after the completion of the project and to inform them of the need to implement the following traffic mitigation measures: signal timing modification at the following three intersections; Richmond Avenue @Draper Place during the midday (1PM-2PM) peak period, Richmond Avenue @ Draper Place, Richmond Hill Road @ Richmond Avenue and Linen and Things Driveway @Richmond Hill Road during the midday (1PM-2PM) peak period and Richmond Avenue @ Draper Place during the Saturday midday (1 PM-2 PM) peak period.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Director, EARD, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423.


New York City - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 306 West 44th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment commencing with the date of this notice. The applicant, 306 West 44, L.L.C., is requesting a special permit from the City Planning Commission (CPC), pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 13-562, to allow for the construction of a sub-surface parking garage on a site located at 693-697 and 699 Eighth Avenue, and 306 West 44th Street (Block 1034, Lots 33, 34, 36 and 37) Manhattan Community District 4. Approximately 20,125 square feet (sq. ft.) of air rights would be transferred from Block 1034, Lot 33 for the development of the proposed project. The project site is partially located in a C6-2 zoning district and a C6-4 zoning district, and is within the Special Clinton District. In addition, the applicant is requesting 80-20 Taxable Bond Financing from New York City Housing Development Corporation.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by te applicant to construct a 25-story apartment building containing 241 dwelling units (including 48 low to moderate income dwelling units under the 80/20 program), 13,759 square feet of ground level retail, and a 436-space, predominantly below-grade, public parking facility. The site is currently occupied by a 9-story, public, above ground parking garage, a 40-room hotel, an adult entertainment establishment , and neighborhood retail uses. The remainder of the project area (Block 1034, Lot 33) is occupied by a 5-story residential and commercial building.

Absent the proposed special permits, the applicant would retain the existing parking garage but would construct a 21-story, 150-unit apartment tower on the remainder of the project site (Block 1034, Lots 34 and 36). This action would require the transfer of approximately 72,625 sq. ft. of development rights from Block 1034, Lot 33 as well as Lot 37.

In summary, conditions include: 1) The applicant agrees to perform a Phase II testing program under the supervision of NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in accordance with the terms of a restrictive declaration acceptable to DEP. The applicant agrees to record and execute the declaration prior to any actions by the City Planning Commission in connection with this application.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Director, EARD, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423.