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Notice of Public Meeting

The Department will hold a public meeting to discuss any questions regarding the Long Island Sound Administrative Order on Consent, pursuant to paragraph XVIII.A. of that Order. That Order was noticed in the February 13, 2002 issue of the ENB. The meeting will be held on March 19, 2002 from 1:00-3:00 PM, at DEC’s Region II Office located at 1 Hunter’s Point Plaza, 4740 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101-5407. For directions to this location, please call (718) 482-4900.

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping Session

New York City (Manhattan County) - The NYC Dept. of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hearst Tower may have a significant adverse environmental impact and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on April 1, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at the City of New York Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007. The proposal involves an application by the Hearst Corporation for a special permit pursuant to Section 81-292 of the Zoning Resolution for floor area bonus for subway station improvements, in order to allow for a 3.0 Floor Area Ratio (FAR) bonus. In addition, the applicant is requesting approval of financial incentives by the New York City Industrial Development Agency (IDA). These actions would facilitate a proposal by the Hearst Corporation to construct an office tower for their new corporate headquarters within and above the site of the existing six-story Hearst Magazine Building, a designated New York City Landmark.

The existing building is a 204,638 gross square foot (gsf), 6-story commercial office building with approximately 12,000 gsf of ground-floor retail. The proposed office tower would contain approximately 653,919 gsf to be built within and above the facades of the existing building, resulting in a total development on the site of approximately 858,557 gsf. The interior of the existing building would be renovated and converted to serve as the entrance and retail base of the proposed office tower. With the addition of the proposed tower, the building would be 42 stories, approximately 595 feet in height. The building would include ground-floor and elevated lobbies, approximately 20,000 gsf of ground-floor retail space, and several mezzanine levels containing an auditorium, cafeteria, exhibition space and meeting areas. The main pedestrian entrance would continue to be located on Eighth Avenue, and secondary retail entrances would be provided on Eighth Avenue, West 56th Street, and West 57th Street. As part of the proposed project, subway station improvements would be made to the Columbus Circle Station. A subway entrance would remain on Eighth Avenue but be relocated to just north of the building’s entrance, and a new subway entrance would be provided on the south side of West 57th Street, just west of Eighth Avenue. It is expected that the project would be completed in April 2006.

The project site is located at 959 Eighth Avenue (Block 1047, Lot 36), on the block bounded by West 57th Street to the north, Eighth Avenue to the east, West 56th Street to the south and Ninth Avenue to the west, in Community District 4 of Manhattan. The project site is zoned C6-6 within the Special Midtown District.

Contact: Brad Kieves, City of New York Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007, e-mail: bkieves@planning.nyc.gov