ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

        
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AVAILABILITY OF EAF AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND COMMENT MEETING

Lead Agency: Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation

Project Name: Octagon Apartments

Project Location: Roosevelt Island, New York

New York County – Notice is hereby given that the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation will hold a public information meeting at the Good Shepard Center located at 543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, on December 12th, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. and receive comments on the proposed Octagon Apartments Project. The meeting will address the potential environmental impacts associated with the Octagon Apartments Project, a proposal that would involve the rehabilitation of existing landmark known as the “Octagon Building,” the renovation and expansion of an existing picnic area and two-lot, the construction of two residential buildings with a maximum of 500 residential units and associated parking. An Environmental Assessment Form has been prepared by the Project Applicant and is expected to be available for copying at the address indicated below on November 22, 2002. Public comments in written form should be addressed to the contact person listed below and will be accepted until December 13, 2002.

Contact: Robert Antonek, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York 10044.


Negative Declaration

New York City County - The New York City Police Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 9th Precinct Stationhouse Rehabilitation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves proposing to enlarge and modernize the above referenced precinct stationhouse. The proposed enlargement includes a new 3,720 square foot seventh story and the addition of approximately 1,024 square feet to each of the existing six floors. Modern structural, mechanical, electrical and safety systems will also be installed as part of the proposed rehabilitation.

The enlargement and modernization of the existing 9th Precinct Station is urgently needed. This 90-year old stationhouse is currently one of the oldest facilities in the Department’s inventory. The building is operational twenty-four hours each day but does not meet the NYPD’s current architectural program for this use. Precinct rooms are undersized and/or improperly configured and the existing building systems cannot accommodate current technologies. Severe overcrowding and inadequate building systems affect all aspects of precinct operations, including the detention of prisoners and detective functions. The project is located at 321 East 5th Street - Block 447, Lot 47, Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Anthony T. Tria, 620 Circle Drive, Fort Totten, Bayside, New York 11359, phone: (718) 281-1254, fax: (718) 281-1593, email:atria@nypd.org


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City (Kings) County - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Track 3 Facility Plan for the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), on behalf of the City of New York, proposing to make modifications to the proposed long-term upgrade to the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. This proposed enhanced "Track 3" upgrade alternative is a modified step-feed process design to provide an annual average design capacity of 310 million gallons per day (mgd) and a peak flow capacity of 700 mgd, the same capacity parameters as for Tracks 1 and 2. Track 3 offers a potential savings in the cost of implementing the upgrade to the plant, and a reduction in potential construction-related impacts on the surrounding community and would bring the Newtown Creek WPCP into full compliance with the secondary treatment requirements of the Clean Water Act in a shorter time frame. The Track 3 plan does not provide for additional nitrogen removal which would have been achieved with Tracks 1 and 2 because it has been determined that no reasonable water quality benefits would result from the investment.

In addition, as part of Track 3, NYCDEP is proposing upgrades to the Manhattan Pumping Station, which conveys flow from Manhattan to the WPCP, located between 12th and 13th Streets. Currently, due to operational limitations, the normal effective operational capacity of the pump station is 300 mgd, although the rated sewage pump capacity is 500 mgd. Under the upgrade, the pumping capacity would be 400 mgd. The upgrade would require the expansion of the existing building to the area of the paved lot on the northeast corner of the site and the addition of a new floor that would extend over the existing building resulting in a 30-foot increase in the height of the building.

A draft Scope of Work was issued on November 13, 2002. Public meetings to obtain oral testimony on this draft are to be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at the Newtown Creek WPCP, Construction Management Building, Greenpoint Avenue and Humboldt Street, Brooklyn and on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at P.S. 34 (FDR), 730 East 12th Street, Manhattan from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00p.m. The period for submitting written comments will remain open until December 30, 2002. Subsequently, a Final Scope of Analysis will be issued to address comments received during the public review and finalizes the scope of analysis for the DSEIS. Based on the Final Scope of Analysis, a DSEIS will be prepared, certified as complete and circulated for public review, and a public hearing will be scheduled with a period for submitting written comments on the DSEIS. This will be followed by preparation and circulation of the Final SEIS (FSEIS), which will include written responses to address public comments made on the DSEIS.

Contact: Crystal Johnson, 59-17 Junction Blvd, Corona, NY 11368, phone: (718) 595-4364, fax: 718-595-4479, E-mail: cjohnson@dep.nyc.gov