ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

        
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Availability of Voluntary Cleanup Remedial Action Work Plan for Comment

DEC Region 2 - County: Queens

(KeySpan Ravenswood Generating Station Operable Unit 1 VCP Site, Site# V00368-2)

Project Location: The site is located in DEC Region 2, at 38-54 Vernon Boulevard, on the west side of Vernon Boulevard between 36th and 40th Avenues in Long Island City, Queens County, New York City.

Brief Project Description: The intended use of the voluntary cleanup operable unit 1 (VC-OU1) site is as a 250 MW Cogeneration Facility to supplement the existing generating capacity of other areas of the KeySpan Ravenswood Generating Station. The new facility would be supported by steel-encased concrete piers which are set into the bedrock, such that the majority of the VC-OU1 site will be covered by the building and ancillary structures. The proposal by KeySpan to construct the 250 MW Cogeneration Facility has been reviewed pursuant to Article X of the New York State Public Service Law and has, therefore, been the subject of a comprehensive environmental review process.

The remedy consists of excavating any soils necessary to support pier drilling and installation. Any contaminated soils excavated would be transported off site for treatment and disposal. In addition, the volunteer has decommissioned a number of abandoned MGP pipes and drip pots which were identified through historical drawings. This decommissioning procedure consists of excavation of the pipes which intersect the footprint of the proposed building, tapping and removal of any liquid wastes contained within the pipes, capping them in place and abandoning them. Finally, the volunteer has addressed an area of # 6 fuel oil contamination which exists in the southeastern portion of the VC-OU1 site by excavating free product and saturated soils and installing low-strength concrete slurry walls to isolate any remaining contamination beyond the building footprint for future remediation as part of VC-OU2. The volunteer has also committed to address any tars which may be encountered during the pier drilling operation, and perform a limited investigation to assess and remediate the extent of any tars. Any remaining contamination not located beneath the existing Generating Station or under the proposed 250 MW Cogeneration Facility will be addressed as part of VC-OU-2.

Public Comment Period ends: 4/12/02

Contact person: Jane O’Connell, NYSDEC Region 2, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, Phone (718) 482-4973, Fax (718) 482-4043, E-mail: jhoconne@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County: The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Waterview Nursing Care Center Expansion 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 a proposal to update existing facilities, to bring non-complying beds into compliance with New York State Department of Health regulations, and to create a new 39-bed long-term pediatric care unit. Of its 200 beds, 121 do not comply with State regulations regarding room size. The New York State Department of Health has issued a Certificate of Need authorizing Waterview to increase, from 20 to 39, the number of pediatric long-term care beds in its existing facility. At the current time, there is a shortage of long-term pediatric care facilities. After construction, Waterview will have the capacity to serve a total of 239 clients. An additional ten workers will be required to support the increased patient population. The proposed project also calls for the modernization of the existing facility, which will allow Waterview to provide state of the art therapy suites and a swimming pool, and to bring all existing beds into compliance with current State regulations specifying the size for patient living areas. The project is located at 119-15 27th Avenue (Block 4291, Lot 20) in an R4 zoning district in the College Point section of Queens, Community District 7.

The condition is: The applicant has agreed to conduct archaeological field testings according to a scope of work that would be reviewed and approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) before any field testing commences. The scope of work would provide for the retrieval and documentation of any resources that may be encountered.

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


Negative Declaration

New York City (Bronx) County - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Kingsbridge, CEQR No. 02-HPD016X will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the new construction of a six story building for 50 low-income elderly housing units. The project is located on Block 3215, Lots 11 and 14 in the Bronx, New York.

Contact: Beverly Reith, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Office of Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs, Division of Planning Support Services, 200 Gold Street, New York, New York 10038.


Positive Declaration

New York City County - The City of New York Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hearst Tower may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves 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 project 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.

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