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Voluntary Cleanup

DEC Region # 2

County: Queens

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Project Title: Availability for Comment of Voluntary Cleanup Project Interim Remedial Measures Work Plan, Queens West Development, Stage 2, Site, Site No. V00505-2

Project Location: 46-00 5th Street, Long Island City, Queens, New York

Brief Project Description: In October 2003, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement with TRC Companies, Inc. and TRC Engineers (TRC), Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), East Coast (EC) 1 L.L.C.(LLC), EC 2 LLC, EC 3 LLC, EC 4 LLC, EC 5 LLC, EC 6 LLC and EC 7 LLC for the Investigation and Remediation of the site. The QWD-Stage 2 Site consists of approximately 20 upland acres along the East River in Long Island City, in Queens, New York. The property primarily comprises lands previously owned by PepsiCo, but also includes parcels previously owned by other entities on 47th Avenue. The Anable Basin to the north, 5th Street to the east, a portion of 47th Road to the south, and the East River to the west border the entire Site. The IRM Work Area consists of approximately 10 acres located within the southern half of the Site and the waterfront areas along the East River and Anable Basin on other portions of the Site. The area around the Site contains a mixture of undeveloped, light industrial, commercial and residential establishments. The high-rise residential buildings to the south of the Site are on other QWDC-owned properties. Primary contaminants of concern in the soil include elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), petroleum, and metals (lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium) above site specific soil action levels. Primary contaminants of concern in the groundwater include VOCs (benzene, tetrachloroethene) above Class GA groundwater standards and locations with a floating petroleum product layer on the groundwater. The interim remedial measures at the QWD - Stage 2 Site include investigations of soil and groundwater to complete the characterization of subsurface conditions and delineation of contaminated soil and groundwater at the Site; excavation and off-site disposal of areas where contaminants in soils are greater than the site specific action levels; groundwater remediation; and removal of underground storage tanks and other historic subterranean structures. These tasks may be expanded based upon the results of the investigations proposed. After remedial activities are complete, soil for landscaping will be brought onto the Site to meet the final grade, which will cover the Site with at least of 2.5 feet of clean fill cover. Environmental land use deed restrictions will apply to the Site relating to groundwater use and soil disturbance activities following completion of remediation. Written and oral comments on the Interim Remedial Measures Work Plan (IRM Work Plan) will be accepted until July 26, 2004. The IRM Work Plan 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. Based on these comments, the NYSDEC may require the Volunteer to make revisions to the Work Plan. No formal response will be made to comments received by NYSDEC.

Contact: Sondra Martinkat, Project Manager; NYSDEC, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY, 11101; Phone: (718) 482-4995, Fax: (718) 482-6358, E-mail: smmartin@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Voluntary Cleanup

DEC Region #2
County: Queens
Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Project Title: Voluntary Cleanup Program, Availability of Remedial Action Work Plan for Comment, Former ACCO Brands, Inc., VCP Site No. V-00331-2

Project Location: 32-00 Skillman Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, New York 11101

Project Description: In October 2000, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement with ACCO Brands, Inc. (ACCO) for the investigation and remediation of the site located at the aforementioned address. The site covers an entire city block and is surrounded by a rail yard, multi-family residential properties, and various commercial/industrial/retail properties. The site is bordered to the North by Skillman Avenue, to the South by Queens Boulevard, to the West by Van Dam Street, and to the East by 32nd Place. There is a three story building on-site. The upper floors are currently used for light industrial purposes while the basement, which is the portion of the site covered under the Voluntary Cleanup Agreement, is currently unoccupied with the exception of an office utilized on a part-time basis by the building superintendent.

The facility was constructed in 1950 and ACCO (or its predecessor corporations) occupied the facility beginning in 1952 until selling the property in June, 1999. During their occupancy of the facility, ACCO manufactured staplers and stapler components. Paints, thinners, solvents and cleaners were used as part of the manufacturing process. Wastes generated included paint filters, sludge, rags, and paint. As part of site closure activities, ACCO discovered an unlined pit in the basement of the facility. Further investigation of the area surrounding the pit identified the presence of soil and groundwater impacts, primarily trichloroethene (TCE) and its breakdown products. As a result, ACCO conducted additional soil and groundwater investigation activities to evaluate the nature of the impacts. The results of this investigation indicated that the extent of soil impacts is generally confined to beneath the footprint of the western portion of the basement. The dissolved-phase data collected to date indicate that impacts to groundwater extend further downgradient of the site.

The site has been divided into two Operable Units; OU-1, which consists of the impacted soil and groundwater beneath the basement, and OU-2, which consists of the impacted groundwater off-site. ACCO has submitted a Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP) and RAWP Addendum for OU-1 proposing installation and operation of a remedial system that utilizes multiple technologies including air sparging, soil vapor extraction (SVE), and chemical oxidation using both ozone and permanganate to address the areas of impacted soil and groundwater beneath the site. These remedial actions should be able to complete the remediation of groundwater and soil within one to two years of operation.

Off-site (OU-2) groundwater monitoring will be continued during the on-site (OU-1) treatment process to provide additional information concerning natural attenuation and the effects of on-site remediation. In addition, a work plan to address any off-site impacts will be developed as part of the overall remedial strategy for the site.

Written and oral comments on the RAWP will be accepted until July 26, 2004. The RAWP can be viewed at the NYSDEC’s Region 2 office at the address below or in the Queens Borough Public Library located at 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, New York 11104, Telephone: 718-784-3033. Written and oral comments expressing objection or opposition to the Work Plan 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. Based on these comments, the NYSDEC may require the Volunteer to make revisions to the Work Plan. No formal response will be made to comments received by NYSDEC.

Contact: Vadim Brevdo, P.E., Project Manager; NYSDEC, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY, 11101; Phone: (718) 482-4891, Fax: (718) 482-6358, Email: vxbrevdo@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

New York City (Brooklyn) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Water Street Rezoning. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., at City of New York Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York. Comments are requested on the DEIS and will be accepted until ten days after the close of the public hearing. The action involves a proposal by Two Trees Management Company to develop a new residential project in the D.U.M.B.O. area of Brooklyn. The site of the proposed project is located on the west portion of the block bounded by Water, Front, Dock, and Main Streets (Block 36, Lots 1, 3, 49, 52, 53, portions of 14 and 16) in Community District 2, and also includes a lot on the north side of Water Street (Block 26, Lot 38). The proposed action would affect properties within the City- and State-designated Fulton Ferry Historic District and the State-designated D.U.M.B.O. Historic District.

The proposed project requires the following discretionary actions: (i) a zoning map change from an M1-2 district to an M1-2/R8 (MX-2) mixed-use district; (ii) a special permit for a public parking garage in excess of 150 spaces (327 spaces are proposed) with an exclusion of garage floor area below elevation 23 feet from the calculation of zoning floor area (ZR Section 74-512); (iii) a special permit for a general large-scale development (ZR Section 74-743), which would allow for the waiver of rear yard requirements, height and setback regulations, and the required minimum distance between windows and lot lines for the proposed building, and (iv) a special permit pursuant to ZR Section 74-711 to modify the use regulations to allow residential use in a manufacturing district.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a 16-story, residential building at 38-62 Water Street (Block 36, Lots 3 and part of 14) and to convert existing buildings at 64 Water Street (Block 36, part of Lot 14) and 85 Water Street (Block 26, Lot 38) to residential use. The proposed development at 38-62 Water Street would contain approximately 200 residential units, 8,300 gsf of ground-floor retail space, 8,396 gsf of community facility space, and a 327-space parking garage. Construction of the proposed building would result in the demolition of existing 1- to 4-story commercial and industrial buildings on the site, including the vacant industrial building at 54-62 Water Street which is within the D.U.M.B.O. Historic District. The proposed conversion of the vacant, 4-story industrial building at 64 Water Street would result in approximately seven residential units and 2,250 gsf of ground-floor retail space. The proposed conversion of the 4-story, former manufacturing building at 85 Water Street, which was recently converted to an interim use as a television studio, would result in three residential units and 1,112 gsf of ground-floor retail space, and the renovation and continued preservation of the building in accordance with the conditions of the special permit. It is anticipated that the projects would be completed in 2006.

In addition to the proposed project, the proposed rezoning would facilitate the redevelopment of a property located at 35-43 Front Street (Block 36, Lots 49, 52, and 53) which is not under the control of the applicant. The proposed M1-2/R8 (MX-2) zoning could result in an approximately 10-story, 90 unit residential development with about 14,760 gsf of ground-floor retail space being developed on the site. The site currently is occupied by a 3-story industrial building which would be demolished. The DEIS assumes that the site would be redeveloped by 2006.

The DEIS identifies significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials, and archaeological and architectural resources on the applicant-owned properties at 38-62 Water Street, and identifies mitigation measures that would eliminate the potential hazardous materials and archaeological resources impacts and partially mitigate the architectural resource impact. The DEIS also identifies the potential for significant adverse impacts related to archaeological resources on the projected development site at 35-43 Front Street. Since this property is not under the control of the applicant, no practicable or feasible measures are available to mitigate this potential impact. The DEIS considers three alternatives to the proposed project: the No Action Alternative, the As-of-Right Development Alternative and the Historic Building Preservation Alternative.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 2 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423.