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Public Notice

Project Title: Availability of Voluntary Cleanup Project Work Plan for Comment
Metropolitan Avenue Site, Site No. V00500-2

Project Location: 87-01 69th Avenue & 92-34 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, Queens

Brief Project Description: In August 2002, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement with the FC Metropolitan Associates, L.P., c/o Forest City Ratner Companies to clean up the site located at the aforementioned address. The site is located in a neighborhood of private residences and commercial and industrial establishments. The site is bordered by tracks of the Long Island Railroad on the west and the south; by Metropolitan Avenue on the north; and by residential housing, a lumber facility, and a New York State Department of Transporation asphalt plant on the east. The Home Depot, Sports Authority, and Brunswick Bowl facilities are located to the west of the site across the Long Island Rail Road tracks. The site is now vacant. Its contemplated use is for building public schools PS 110, IS 167, and the HS of Global Communications.

Site environmental investigations have revealed contamination of soil (which was excavated in August 2000) and groundwater with halogenated hydrocarbons, such as 1,1,1- trichloroethane (1,1,1-TCA), 1,1-dichloroethane (1,1-DCA), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and 1,1-dichloroethylene (1,1-DCE). The on-site source of TCA and PCE was contaminated soil at the northern end of the former Heinz warehouse that resulted from an apparent leak in the building’s drain system. On-site groundwater and soil gas are also contaminated as a result of these disposal activities. Although contaminated soil was excavated and removed in August 2000, the site continues to pose a threat to human health and the environment given the ongoing contamination of groundwater in an EPA-designated sole-source aquifer and the potential for off-site migration of the plume to downgradient public water supply wells located at a distance of 6,500 feet from the site. The remedial system (Soil Vapor Extraction / Air Sparging) proposed in the work plan is capable of cleaning soil and groundwater to acceptable levels. Written and oral comments on the Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP) will be accepted until March 7, 2003. The RAWP can be viewed at the Region 2 office at the address below. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the project must explain the basis of that opposition and identify the specific grounds which could lead the department to impose significant changes to the Work Plan. No formal response will be made to comments received, but, as a result of comments, the Department may re-evaluate and require the volunteer to make revisions to the Work Plan.

Contact persons: Dennis Wolterding, CPG, Chief of the DEC Region 2 Hazardous Waste Remediation Program; NYSDEC, 47-40 21 Street, Long Island City, NY 11101; Phone: (718) 482-4599, Fax: (718) 482-6358. Vadim Brevdo, P.E., Project Manager; NYSDEC, 47-40 21 Street, Long Island City, NY 11101; Phone: (718) 482-4995, Fax: (718) 482-6358, E-mail: vxbrevdo@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Negative Declaration

Manhattan County - The New York City, City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 610 Broadway Commercial Building will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the development of the site with a seven story commercial office building. The proposed actions would allow 27,011 sq. ft. of Use Group 6 uses in the cellar level, first and second floor of the building. The project is located at 610 Broadway, on the northeast corner of the Broadway and East Houston Street in Manhattan Community District 2.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Director, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, NYC Dept. of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Rm 4E, New York, NY 10007, (212) 720-3423, Fax (212) 720-3495.

Revised Negative Declaration

New York City - The City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposal at East 105th Street Plaza will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction and financing for a new eight-story residential housing development to contain 54 rental units on land that is presently vacant. The only change involved is Block 1655, Lot 19 will be that the air rights will no longer be transferred, but will be developed as an open space to the adjacent Lots 15, 16, and 18. The project is located at 235 - 247 East 105th Street, Manhattan.

Contact: Walter Roberts, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Office of Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs, Division of Planning Support Services, 100 Gold Street, New York, New York 10038.