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Availability of Voluntary Cleanup Project Work Plan for Comment

County: Kings

Lead Agency: DEC

Project Title: Availability of Voluntary Cleanup Project Work Plan for Comment
Bon Ton Cleaners Site, Site No. V00512-2

Project Location: 1932 Ralph Avenue, Kings County, New York City, Region 2

Brief Project Description: The site consists of a shopping center on a 4.1-acre parcel. The shopping center has several stores and a paved parking lot. Bon Ton Cleaners is a tenant in the shopping center and is the only known source of contamination on the site.

The property owner conducted an investigation of the site under the Voluntary Cleanup Program. The results of the investigation indicate that groundwater beneath the site is contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and its chemical breakdown products. Groundwater sampling results indicate that shallow groundwater contamination (20-45 feet deep) originated from the site. However, deep groundwater concentrations at the site were similar to up gradient levels. Also, vapors from the contaminated groundwater have entered the on-site building and have contaminated the indoor air in several stores.

The Remediation Work Plan proposes to clean up the site be treating the shallow groundwater using two technologies: air sparge/soil vapor extraction (AS/SVE) and in-situ chemical oxidation. The AS wells would bubble air through the groundwater beneath the site building to strip the VOCs from the groundwater. The SVE wells would capture the contaminated vapor as it reaches the water table and treat it before discharging the air to the atmosphere. The SVE system would also be used to prevent vapor intrusion into the site building, which would eliminate the source of the indoor air contamination. The groundwater contamination in the parking lot will be cleaned up using in-situ chemical oxidation, which involves injecting sodium permanganate into the subsurface to destroy the VOCs.

Public Comment Period ends: 07/16/04

Contact: Jeffrey Dyber
NYSDEC Central Office
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-7015
Phone: (518) 402-9621
Fax: (518) 402-9627
E-mail: jldyber@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Brownfield Cleanup Program

Bayside Fuel Oil Depot-Bond Street Terminal
City of Brooklyn, Queens County
State of New York

Pursuant to ECL 27-1407 and 1417

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) administers the Brownfield Cleanup Program pursuant to ECL 27-1400 et seq. The Brownfield Cleanup Program is designed to encourage the remediation of contaminated properties known as brownfields for reuse and redevelopment. Messrs. Robert M. Pascucci and Vincent Allegretti have submitted an application to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The application was determined to be complete by the Department on June 9, 2004. The property described in the application is located at 510 Sackett Street, Brooklyn, New York 11231-5020. The application proposes that the applicant will conduct investigation and/or remedial activities at the site. The application proposes that the site will be used for residential purposes.

The Department will receive public comments concerning the application for thirty days from June 16, 2004 through July 16, 2004. After review of the application and any public comments received, the Department will determine whether to accept the Applicant’s request to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. If the Department accepts the Applicant’s request to participate, it will execute a Brownfield Cleanup Agreement (BCA) with the Applicant. By executing a BCA, the Applicant would commit to undertake certain remedial activities under the Department’s oversight. A copy of the application as well as a copy of a Draft Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment is available in the document repository for this site located at the NY Public Library, Carroll Gardens Branch, 396 Clinton Street (@Union Street), Brooklyn, NY 11231.

The referenced documents are draft and have not been reviewed by the Department staff prior to their release for public comment. The Department, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health will review these documents during the public comment period.

All citizens are encouraged to offer comments in writing to and refer questions to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Region 2
1 Hunters Point Plaza
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, New York 11101
ATTN: Dan Walsh
Phone No.: (718) 482-4599


Octagon Park Apartments
City of Roosevelt Island, New York County
State of New York

Pursuant to ECL 27-1407 and 1417

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) administers the Brownfield Cleanup Program pursuant to ECL 27-1400 et seq. The Brownfield Cleanup Program is designed to encourage the remediation of contaminated properties known as brownfields for reuse and redevelopment. Mr. Bruce Becker has submitted an application to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The application was determined to be complete by the Department on June 9, 2004. The property described in the application is located at 888 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044. The application proposes that the applicant will conduct investigation and/or remedial activities at the site. The application proposes that the site will be used for residential purposes.

The Department will receive public comments concerning the application for thirty days from June 16, 2004 through July 19, 2004. After review of the application and any public comments received, the Department will determine whether to accept the Applicant´s request to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. If the Department accepts the Applicant´s request to participate, it will execute a Brownfield Cleanup Agreement (BCA) with the Applicant. By executing a BCA, the Applicant would commit to undertake certain remedial activities under the Department´s oversight. A copy of the application as well as a copy of a Draft Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment are available in the document repository for this site located at the New York Public Library, Roosevelt Island Branch, 524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044, Attn: Petra Kolokotronis.

The referenced documents are draft and have not been reviewed by the Department staff prior to their release for public comment. The Department, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health will review these documents during the public comment period.

All citizens are encouraged to offer comments in writing to and refer questions to:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway - 12th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-7016
ATTN: Robert Edwards


Negative Declaration

New York City (Bronx) County - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Jacobi Medical Center Ambulatory Care Pavilion, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves DASNY´s authorization to undertake managing, designing, constructing, and equipping of the Jacobi Medical Center Ambulatory Care Pavilion (the proposed project) at JMC on behalf of HHC pursuant to DASNY´s Municipal Health Facilities Improvement Program. More specifically, the proposed project involves designing, constructing and equipping of a new, approximately 127,000-gross-square-foot (gsf), four-story plus basement ambulatory care facility on JMC´s campus. Additionally, this phase includes the renovation of approximately 36,590 gsf of adjacent space in the north and west wings of the existing main hospital building to house the ambulatory sub-care divisions and administrative services. The proposed project is currently being financed with HHC capital; however, the proceeds of a DASNY tax-exempt bond issuance may be used to finance the proposed project at a later date. Such action would require DASNY´s authorization of the issuance of Dormitory Authority obligations on behalf of HHC for the Jacobi Medical Center.

The new ambulatory care facility is proposed to be located within the courtyard of the main hospital building, the West Jacobi Hospital Building, or West Wing. The services that would relocate to the proposed building include: all clinical services for Adult Medical, Pediatrics, Women´s Health Center, and Surgical Subspecialty Ambulatory Care. Ambulatory care services would be relocated from existing, substandard and inefficient facilities currently located at the southerly portion of the campus in the Van Etten Building. The proposed project will result in the consolidation of ambulatory care from two separate buildings on opposite ends of the JMC campus into a centralized location with internal connections to the acute care inpatient tower.

Contact: Joanna Oliver, 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) 273-5023, fax: (212) 273-5121, email:Joliver@dasny.org.


New York City (Bronx) County - The NYC Dept of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Throgs Neck Area Rezoning and Related Text Amendments will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves City zoning map and Zoning Resolution text amendments affecting Bronx Community District 10. Specifically, the proposed action includes:

Contextual Rezoning: rezone much of the Throgs Neck Area from R4, R3-2, and C3 to lower density or contextual zoning districts.

Lower Density Growth Management Area Regulations: apply Lower Density Growth Management Area regulations to Bronx Community District 10, amend three Lower Density Growth Management Area regulations as they would be applied outside of Staten Island, amend provisions governing R4A vertical expansions, and eliminate three redundancies in the Special City Island District caused by the application of Lower Density Growth Management Area regulations.

Citywide Text Changes: establish a new citywide C3A zoning designation, and revise waterfront zoning regulations to require that streets be "built and improved" for the purpose of determining waterfront lots.

Within affected portions of Bronx Community District 10, the proposed map amendments could result in different types of development on numerous sites within the rezoning areas. The proposed text amendments would require that development on any lot in Bronx Community District 10 comply with the Lower Density Growth Management Area regulations (including parking, yard and open space requirements, and private road development and flood plain regulations); would require that development on any waterfront lot comply with waterfront regulations; and would allow homeowners in the proposed R4A communities to continue doing vertical expansions. The proposed zoning map and text amendments would reduce the density of new development, ensure a better quality of residential site design, and maintain existing neighborhood character.

Contact: Glen A. Price, NYC Dept of City Planning, E-mail: g_price@planning.nyc.gov.


New York City (Brooklyn) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 85 Jay Street Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. for an amendment to the Zoning Map to change the zoning designation of two properties in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 2. The affected properties are located at 85 Jay Street (Block 54, Lot 1) and 110 Bridge Street (Block 66, Lot 18), and would be rezoned from M1-2 to M1-2/R8 and M1-2/R6, respectively. In addition, the applicant is seeking a special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-512 for a public parking garage, and a special permit for a General Large-Scale Development (GLSD) pursuant to ZR Section 74-743(a)(2) to permit the modification of height, setback and outer court regulations.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop an approximately 837,600 gross square foot (gsf) mixed-use building for the Watchtower organization at 85 Jay Street (the project site) consisting of 1,000 units of staff living quarters, a cafeteria with seating for 1,600 persons, an assembly hall containing 2,499 seats, 26,600 gsf of accessory office use, and a 1,100-space belowground accessory parking garage. The proposed project would occupy the entire project site and would vary in height from 2 to 20 stories.

Also, it is expected that the proposed rezoning would facilitate the residential conversion and enlargement of an existing 55,100 gsf, 4-story loft building at 110 Bridge Street, which is not under the control of the applicant. As a result of the proposed rezoning, the building could be enlarged by 36,450 gsf and converted to approximately 76 residential units. This building, known as the Thomson Meter Company Building, is a designated New York City Landmark; therefore, any building modifications would require the review and approval of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The 85 Jay Street property is approximately 135,082 square feet in area and comprises the full block bounded by Jay Street to the west, Front Street to the north, Bridge Street to the east, and York Street to the south. The site is currently undeveloped and is occupied by a parking lot for use by Watchtower staff and construction materials storage. 110 Bridge Street is located at the northeast corner of the block immediately to the south of the project site. The property is currently developed with a 4-story, approximately 55,100 gsf loft building containing warehouse space. It is expected that development at these sites would be completed in 2006.

Contact: Brad Kieves, The New York City Planning Commission, E-mail:bkieves@planning.nyc.gov.


New York City (Queens) County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Jamaica Hills Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves amendments to the Zoning Map in the southeastern Queens neighborhood of Jamaica Hills, Community District 8:

a change from a R3 2 to a R3X district;
a change from a R4 to a R3X district;
a change from a R4 to a R4A district; and
a change from a R5 to a R4A district.

The area to be rezoned is bounded by Grand Central Parkway and 82nd Avenue to the north, Homelawn Street to the east, Hillside Avenue to the south, and 168th and 166th Streets to the west. The applicant proposes to rezone fourteen (14) blocks between Homelawn Street and 168th Street from R3-2 to R3X. In addition, the applicant proposes to rezone two (2) blocks and a portion of three (3) blocks within the same area from R4 to R3X. The proposal also calls for the rezoning of the southern section of the area (south of Gothic Drive), including three (3) full blocks and a portion of six (6) blocks from R5 to R4A. One portion of one (1) block would be rezoned from R4 to R4A under this proposal.

The purpose of the rezoning is to maintain the current character of the neighborhood, which is primarily comprised of one- and two- family detached dwellings. Due to increasing redevelopment pressures in Jamaica Hills, there have been several demolitions of this housing.

Contact: Radhika Patel, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3321.


New York City (Richmond) County - The NYC Dept of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Staten Island Growth Management Initiative and Zoning Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a text amendment to the City Zoning Resolution section 12-10 to create "Lower Density Growth Management Area" regulations by amending the parking requirements, yard and open space requirements, private road development regulations, and flood plain regulations within R1, R2, R3, R4, and R5 residential zoning districts. The proposed text amendment would also create a new Lower Density Growth Management Area in Community Districts 1, 2, and 3 in Staten Island.

The proposed Lower Density Growth Management Area regulations would reduce the density of new development, as well as ensure a better quality of residential site design, and maintain existing neighborhood character.

The proposed Lower Density Growth Management Districts would have the following effects:

The parking requirement would be increased.

Lot widths and perimeter wall heights would be increased to accommodate additional parking and garages exempted from floor area calculations.

There would be an increase in yard and open space requirements, and access would be required on the same zoning lot as buildings.

All lots fronting a corner intersection would be required to provide one 20-foot "side yard" and all lots within 100 feet of a corner would provide a 30 foot rear yard.

There would be expanded coverage of the private road regulations to include all development along private roads, and to increase the parking, screening and yard requirements for private roads.

The building heights in flood plain areas would be effectively reduced by measuring building height from surrounding grade level (i.e., only two floors would be possible above a flood plain, rather than three floors).

Contact: Glen A. Price, NYC Dept of City Planning, E-mail: g_price@planning.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Verizon West 43rd Street Rezoning 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 an application by Verizon New York, Inc., for a Zoning Map Amendment to change the northeastern portion of the block bounded by West 42nd and 43rd streets, and Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues, from an M2-3 zoning district to a C6-4 zoning district, within the Perimeter Area (Area B) of the Special Clinton District. The project site is located at 604 West 43rd Street (Block 1090, Lots 36 and 42), in the Clinton neighborhood of Community District 4, in Manhattan. Lots 36 and 42 are the last two tax lots on Block 1090 that are still zoned M2-3. The rest of the block was rezoned to a C6-4 district under a previous application (CEQR No. 94DCP036M/ULURP No. 970219 ZMM), adopted on July 15, 1997. The property subject to the proposed rezoning is developed with a 6-story, 75,000 square foot office building and a 1-story vehicle maintenance garage, that conform to the existing M2-3 zoning district regulations, and are currently occupied by Verizon and/or its subcontractors. The proposed change to a C6-4 district would allow the establishment of residential uses on the site to be built to a maximum FAR of 12.0, or commercial and community facility uses to be built to an FAR of 10.0. Residential and community facility uses are not permitted in the existing M2-3 zoning district.

The applicant owns a lot (Lot 23) that is adjacent to area to be rezoned and also owns development rights from another contiguous lot (Lot 20). Both of these properties are located in the existing C6-4 zone. If these lots were merged with the lots proposed to be rezoned under this action, the resulting zoning lot could be redeveloped with a mixed-use building, comprising a total of 750,768 square feet, including approximately 757 dwelling units, 18,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and an accessory parking garage for approximately 150-vehicles. The redevelopment of the site would require the demolition of the existing buildings in the rezoning area (Block 1090, Lots 36 and 42) and the adjacent lot (Block 1090, Lot 23). The existing structure on Lot 20 is expected to remain.

The conditions are:

To avoid any potential impacts associated with noise, the proposed action will place a (E) designation (E-135) for noise on Block 1090, Lots 36 and 42.

The text of the (E) designation is as follows:
In order to ensure an acceptable interior noise environment, future residential uses must provide a closed window condition with a minimum of 35 dB(A) window/wall attenuation on all facades in order to maintain an interior noise level of 45 dB(A). In order to maintain a closed-window condition, an alternate means of ventilation must also be provided. Alternate means of ventilation includes, but is not limited to, central air conditioning or air conditioning sleeves containing air conditioners or HUD-approved fans.

Contact: Patrick Blanchfield, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007, phone: (212) 720-3346.


New York City County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Verizon West 47th/West 48th Street Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. The action involves an amendment to the City Zoning Map to change an M2-3 district to an M1-5 zoning district, on the block bounded by 47th Street to the south, 48th Street to the north, 11th Avenue to the east and 12th Avenue to the west (Block 1095, Lots 11, 18, 24, 27, 29, 35, 37, 39 and 40) in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 4.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a new 7-story and cellar building at 613-615 W. 47th Street, 617-623 W. 47th Street and 610-624 W. 48th Street (Lots 18 and 40), including 303,780 square feet of floor area. The building would contain 200,880 square feet for vehicle storage and 102,900 square feet for office and storage space. The project site is currently occupied by an undeveloped parking lot used for the storage of commercial/utility vehicles and vehicle storage and an office building. Construction is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2006. Absent the proposed action, the applicant would redevelop its property under the existing zoning with a 2-story and cellar 144,420 square foot vehicle/equipment storage and office facility.

The conditions are:

Due to the possible presence of hazardous materials on the aforementioned designated site, there is potential for contamination of the soil and groundwater. To determine if contamination exists and perform appropriate remediation, the following tasks must be undertaken by the fee owners(s) of the lot restricted by this (E) designation prior to any demolition or disturbance of soil on the lot.

Task 1: The fee owner(s) of the lot restricted by this (E) designation will be required to prepare a scope of work for any soil, gas, or groundwater sampling and testing needed to determine if contamination exists, the extent of the contamination, and to what extent remediation may be required. The scope of work will include all relevant supporting documentation, including site plans and sampling locations. This scope of work will be submitted to DEP for review and approval prior to implementation. It will be reviewed to ensure that an adequate number of samples will be collected and that appropriate parameters are selected for laboratory analysis.

No sampling program may begin until written approval of a work plan and sampling protocol is received from DEP. The number and location of sample sites should be selected to adequately characterize the type and extent of the contamination, and the condition of the remainder of the site. The characterization should be complete enough to determine what remediation strategy (if any) is necessary after review of the sampling data. Guidelines and criteria for choosing sampling sites and performing sampling will be provided by DEP upon request.

Task 2: A written report with findings and a summary of the data must be presented to DEP after completion of the testing phase and laboratory analysis for DEP‘ review and approval. After receiving such test results, DEP will provide a determination if the results indicate that remediation is necessary.

If DEP determines that no remediation is necessary, written notice shall be given by DEP.

If remediation is necessary according to test results, a proposed remediation plan must be submitted to DEP for review and approval. The fee owner(s) of the lot restricted by this (E) designation must perform such remediation as determined necessary by DEP. After completing the remediation, the fee owner(s) of the lot restricted by this (E) designation should provide proof that the work has been satisfactorily completed.

A DEP-approved construction-related health and safety plan would be implemented during excavation and construction activities to protect workers and the community from potentially significant adverse impacts associated with contaminated soil and/or groundwater. This Plan would be submitted to DEP for review and approval prior to implementation.

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