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Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County - The NYCDEP, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Shellbank Basin Destratification Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), as lead agency, is proposing to construct and operate Shellbank Basin Destratification Facility, an air compressor facility consisting of two (2) electric-powered air compressors (one operational, one standby) in a sound-insulated 380-square foot, 15-foot high building, and two (2) one-inch diffuser lines that would extend approximately 2,000 feet longitudinally along the bottom of Shellbank Basin (the Basin).

The purpose of the air compressor facility would be to provide a solution to the poor water quality that the Basin historically exhibits during the summer. There is a great depth differential within the Basin which hinders natural tidal mixing between the Basin and Jamaica Bay. Without this natural mixing, the layer of water at the surface of the Basin becomes much warmer due to heating by the sun, and the cooler, deeper water layer is trapped on the bottom. This separation into warm and cool layers is known as “stratification.” The proposed facility would pump compressed air through perforated diffuser lines suspended along the bottom of the Basin. As air bubbles would rise toward the surface, they would vertically mix the water column to prevent temperature stratification as well as anoxia (depletion of oxygen) in the bottom waters of the Basin. Anoxic waters can cause fish and crab kills and the release of hydrogen sulfide, which typically causes a rotten egg smell. The project is located at 157-41 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach, Queens.

Contact: Kate Demong, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor, Flushing State: NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-6443, Fax: (718) 595-4479, E-mail: kdemong@dep.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Brooklyn) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lutheran Medical Center Family Health Center 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 amendment to the Zoning Map to rezone the subject property, located at 150 55th Street (Block 836, Lot 19) in the Sunset Park area of Community District 7, Brooklyn, from a M3-1 district to a R6 district with a C1-3 overlay. In addition, the co-applicant, the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), is requesting a removal of a deed restriction placed on a portion of Lot 19 that limits the use of the project site to community facility uses.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the Lutheran Medical Center to construct a 38,063 gross square foot three-story Family Health Center (Use Group 4) with a ground-floor retail pharmacy (Use Group 6) on a portion of the subject property. The project site is bounded by the Lutheran Medical Center and 56th Street to the north, 57th Street to the south, 2nd Avenue to the east, and 1st Avenue to the west. The site is currently located in a M3-1 zoning district and is occupied by a 400 space, at-grade accessory parking lot used by employees and visitors to the Lutheran Medical Center. Construction of the proposed project would eliminate 76 of the existing parking spaces.

The Lutheran Medical Center is currently experiencing severe overcrowding, which impedes the ability of health care professionals to adequately service their patient population. In an effort to alleviate the pressure due to the physical constraints of the building, the applicant proposes the creation of an additional building that would house a retail pharmacy approximately (8,500 sq. feet) on the ground floor, and non-profit family health center (approximately 29,563 sq. feet) that would provide healthcare services to women and children on the second and third floors.

The proposed actions are required as the current M3-1 zoning prohibits the proposed community facilities use (Use Group 4), and because of a deed restriction placed on the property in 1990, which limits the land use to community facilities only. Consequently, the proposed ground floor retail pharmacy (Use Group 6) is prohibited by the provisions of this restriction, and its removal is necessary in order to facilitate the proposed project. The anticipated period of construction for the Family Health Center is 18 months and it is expected that construction would be completed in 2006. Absent the proposed actions, the project site would continue as an accessory parking lot for the Lutheran Medical Center.

The condition is:

The applicant for the zoning map amendment, the Lutheran Medical Center, agrees via a restrictive declaration to prepare a hazardous materials sampling protocol including a health and safety plan, which would be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for approval. The applicant agrees to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocol and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous material remediation plan including a health and safety plan to DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plan.

The restrictive declaration also restricts the manner in which the property may be developed or redeveloped, by requiring the sampling protocol and remediation measures to serve as a condition precedent to any change of use in any such development or redevelopment of the property.

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