ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program

Notice of Application to Participate

Applicant: Terra Cotta, LLC

Site Name: Silvercup West

Site Number: #C241086

Site Address: 41-98 to 42-42 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101

Site County: Queens

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) administers the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The Brownfield Cleanup Program is designed to encourage the remediation of contaminated properties known as brownfields for reuse and redevelopment. The Applicant identified above has submitted an application to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The application was determined to be complete by the Department and is currently under review for eligibility. The property described in the application is identified by the Site Name and Site Number identified above and is located at the address above. The application proposes that the Applicant will conduct investigation and/or remedial activities at the site, to allow for mixed residential and commercial use of the site.

The Department will accept public comments concerning the application, as well as an Environmental Liabilities Assessment (5/94), Summary of Underground Storage Tank Closure Site Assessment, Terra Cotta Facility (9/96), Storage Tank Excavation report (9/97), Underground Storage Tank Closure Additional Soil Removal Report (9/97), Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (1/99), Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (8/99) and a Geotechnical Investigation (1/2001) for thirty days from January 5, 2005 through February 4, 2005. After review of the application and any public comments received, the Department will determine whether to accept the Applicantís request to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. If the Department accepts the Applicantís request to participate, it will execute a Brownfield Cleanup Agreement (BCA) with the Applicant. By executing a BCA, the Applicant would commit to undertake the project under the Departmentís oversight. The Department will require the Applicant to inform and involve the public during this process. A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available in the document repository for this site located at the Queens Public Library - Court Square Branch, 25-01 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101.

The documents in the repository have not been reviewed by 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.

The public is encouraged to offer comments in writing and refer questions to the Department representative identified below.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Region 2
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, New York 11101
ATTN: Daniel Walsh
Phone #: (718) 482-4599

The Departmentís web site provides additional information about the Brownfield Cleanup Program at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/bcp.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

New York City (Brooklyn) County - The NYC City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning (CEQR No. 04DCP003K - ULURP Nos. N 050110 ZRK, C 050111 ZMK, C 040415 MMK, C 040416 MMK, C 040417 MMK, C 040418 MMK). A public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will be held at the Klitgord Auditorium of the NYC Technical College located at 285 Jay Street (between Tillary and Johnson streets), Brooklyn, NY on January 19, 2005 at 10:00 AM. Written comments on the DEIS are requested and will be received and considered by the Lead Agency until the 10th calendar day (January 29, 2005) following the close of the public hearing. Copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement may be obtained from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, New York 10007, Robert Dobruskin, Director (212) 720-3423; or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10038, Robert Kulikowski, Director, (212) 788-2937. The action involves the New York City (NYC) Department of City Planning proposing zoning map and text amendments, changes to the city map involving street demapping and, in association with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, establishment of a park (collectively, "the proposed action") affecting the Greenpoint and Williamsburg areas of northern Brooklyn within Community District 1. The area affected by the proposed action covers approximately 184 blocks in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, and is bounded generally by the East River, the Williamsburg Bridge, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and McGuinness Boulevard.

The DEIS analyzes a Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario for the proposed action which consists of a projected incremental (net) change of 7,391 dwelling units at 76 projected development sites, and an approximately 27.8 acre new park extending from North 9th Street to the northern edge of Bushwick Inlet. There would also be 253,698 sf of local retail, -949,997 sf of vacant land, -642,686 sf of vehicle and open storage uses, -557,906 sf in vacant buildings, -1,136,269 sf of industrial/manufacturing/warehousing space, and -24,876 sf of automotive uses. The DEIS also considers a scenario in which the new park would be smaller, with a land area of approximately 15.9 acres, extending only from North 9th Street to the southern edge of North 12th Street. Moreover, under this scenario, a 1,100 MW power plant assumed under No-Action conditions would continue to occupy the Bayside Fuel site in the future with the proposed action, and the area at the northern edge of Bushwick Inlet would continue to be vacant.

The DEIS identifies significant adverse impacts related to socioeconomic conditions, community facilities, open space, and traffic and transit conditions, and identifies measures that would mitigate the impacts. The DEIS also identifies significant adverse impacts related to archaeological resources and, at one intersection, traffic for which no practicable or feasible mitigation measures are available, and are therefore disclosed as unavoidable adverse impacts. The DEIS considers seven alternatives to the proposed action: No Action Alternative, No Impacts Alternative, Lesser Density Alternative, Affordable Housing Bonus and Incentives Alternative, Additional Waterfront Development Alternative, Waterfront Urban Design Alternative, and an Affordable Housing Zoning District Alternative.

Contact: Glen A. Price, Studies Implementation Division, Department of City Planning 22 Reade Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3491, fax: (212) 720-3495, E-mail: g_price@planning.nyc.gov.