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Negative Declaration

New York City (Bronx) County - The City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Plimpton Triangle will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a three-story structure with retail/commercial uses, community facility and professional offices on city-owned land. The project is located on 1416-1420 E. L. Grant Highway, 1410 Plimpton Avenue, Bronx, New York.

Contact: Beverley Reith, The City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development, 100 Gold Street, New York, New York 10038.


Amendment to Final EIS

New York City (Queens) County - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has accepted the following amendments to the Final EIS:

This application involves a modification to CEQR No. 00DCP055Q, the Long Island City Zoning Changes and Related Actions. A Notice of Completion of Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was issued for that proposal on May 11, 2001. The FEIS analyzed potential impacts related to the establishment of the Special Long Island City Mixed Use District and the subsequent development of commercial and residential uses within the Special District. One of the developments analyzed in the FEIS was the redevelopment of the Queens Plaza Municipal Garage site, located on the full block bounded by Queens Plaza South, Jackson Avenue, 28th Street, and 42nd Road (Block 420, Lot 1) in Community District 2, Long Island City. The zoning approvals ultimately adopted corresponded to the Queens Plaza Subdistrict Zoning Alternative described in the Alternatives chapter of the FEIS. That alternative assumed a commercial office development containing 1.513 million square feet of floor area, including 25,000 square feet of retail space; 1,150 public parking spaces; and up to 500 accessory parking spaces. As a reasonable worst case, it was assumed that all of the parking spaces, including the accessory spaces, would be replaced on site at an elevation of less than 23 feet above mean curb elevation, so that none of the floor area for parking would count in the zoning floor area calculation. No subsequent zoning actions were contemplated under the alternative.

Since the issuance of the FEIS, the City Council approved the disposition of the municipal garage site by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Disposition of the site from DCAS to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will occur immediately preceding the disposition to the applicant.

The current application involves a proposal by EDC and the Queens Plaza Municipal Garage Associates (QPMG) for the following actions: (1) a zoning text amendment to Section 117-54 of the Zoning Resolution to modify provisions related to off-street parking and loading regulations for this site within the Special Long Island City Mixed Use District; and (2) a modification of a previously granted special permit (ULURP No. CP-21223) which allowed a public parking garage with more than 150 spaces, pursuant to ZR Section 74-512. The proposed actions are being sought in connection with a proposal by EDC and QPMG to build the Queens Plaza Municipal Garage Development, a 1.45 million square-foot office building with ground-floor retail and a 1,400-space unattended parking garage, consisting of 1,150 public parking spaces and 250 accessory parking spaces, on the site of the existing Queens Plaza municipal garage. The project site is located within Area A-1 (an M1-6/R10 district) of the Special Long Island City Mixed Use District.

The proposed text amendment, which would apply only to developments located on Block 420, would exempt from floor area calculations the portion of the garage devoted to public parking located below a height of 23 feet. The floor area waiver is being sought in response to security concerns that have arisen since September 11, 2001. The waiver would facilitate the placement of the garage away from the anticipated tower portion of the development while allowing the site’s floor area to be maximized. The current special district provisions do not allow such a waiver on Block 420. Under the current special district provisions, such floor area exemptions apply only to garages developed on Blocks 86/72 and 403, pursuant to the special permit provisions of ZR Section 117-56.

The proposed special permit modification would replace the plans for the existing garage with the plans for the proposed garage. Under the proposed garage plans, the entrances to the garage would be moved slightly, rooftop parking would be eliminated, and 250 accessory parking spaces would be added. In addition, the modified special permit would delete Condition 4 of the existing special permit, which requires City Planning Commission approval of signs on the garage. Under the modified special permit, the signage regulations of the special district would apply.

The Technical Memorandum dated February 19, 2002 compares the proposed actions and their likely effects to the illustrative development scenario analyzed in the Queens Plaza Subdistrict Alternative of the FEIS for the Long Island City Zoning Changes and Related Actions.

Based on our review of the Technical Memorandum, we have concluded that the proposed actions would result in the same impacts and would require the same mitigation measures as were disclosed in the Notice of Completion of the FEIS for the Long Island City Zoning Changes and Related Actions. We have determined that the proposed modifications are minor in nature and do not alter the conclusions of our previous review. Therefore, the Notice of Completion dated May 11, 2001, remains valid.

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