ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

        
Completed Applications Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Negative Declaration

New York City County - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Columbia University 2002 Financing Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action consists of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) authorization of the issuance of an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $120,000,000 of Dormitory Authority obligations on behalf Columbia University (a.k.a., “Columbia” or the “University”) for its Columbia University 2002 Financing Project pursuant to DASNY’s Independent Colleges and Universities Program. The proceeds of the tax-exempt bond issuance will be used to finance the proposed project, which consists of the construction a new, 11-story, approximately 145,800-gross-square-foot (gsf) School of Social Work and the new 211-bed, 16-story, approximately 120,000-gsf Lenfest Hall dormitory building for the Columbia University School of Law. The proposed project also involves repairing, improving and upgrading extant buildings and equipment, including upgrading of buildings to meet building and fire codes; maintaining existing physical structures such as roofs, facades, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, electrical systems, and elevators; making improvements to student information systems; refinancing existing debt for other construction and property acquisition costs; and undertaking interior renovations to a variety of libraries, classrooms, seminar halls, and departmental offices located throughout the Columbia University system. The proposed project involves the following University divisions or departments: Arts and Sciences, Professional Schools, Butler and Low Libraries, Residence Halls, Health Sciences, Institute for Economic and Social Theory Research, Language Resource Center, and Institutional Real Estate. The School of Social Work will be located at 1255-1257 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York. Lenfest Hall will be located at 425 West 121st Street, New York, New York. The remaining components of the proposed project are associated with real property holdings of Columbia University located throughout Manhattan. All projects are in New York County.

Contact: Jack D. Homkow, Office of Environmental Affairs, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, New York 10119-0098, phone: (212) 273-5033.


Positive Declaration

New York City County - The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Arverne Mixed-Use Project (Arverne Urban Renewal Area) may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The Arverne URA is a 308 acre beachfront parcel located on the eastern section of the Rockaway Peninsula, Queens, New York. The project area has generally been subdivided into three sub-areas for the purposes of this project description.

The Western Portion of the Arverne Mixed-Use Project site is expected to include approximately 2,500 residential units in a predominately low-rise neighborhood of one-and two-family homes with mid-rise apartment buildings along major streets. Up to 250,000 square feet of commercial/retail is expected to be located on the ground floors of the apartment buildings and along the east-west boulevard immediately south of the elevated subway. An approximately 800-seat K-8 school and a community recreation center are also planned.

The Central Portion is to be developed as a park and natural preserve area.

The Eastern Portion of the Arverne Mixed-Use Project will include up to 500,000 square feet of commercial/retail development, up to 1,500 residential units and approximately 45 acres of mapped parkland. In both the West and East Portions of the Arverne Mixed-Use Project, significant infrastructure improvements will be necessary, including new streets, sewers, water mains, sidewalks and streetscape. Dune restoration, parkland development, subway station improvements and community facilities construction are also contemplated.

Contact: Beverly Reith, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, 100 Gold Street, Room 5-E1, New York, New York 10038, phone: (212) 863-7941.