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Safe Drinking Water Act Grant Program For New York City Watershed Protection

Request for Proposals for Water Quality Improvement Projects : New York City Watershed

The New York City Watershed Protection Program will be advanced through funding from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act Grant Program. For federal fiscal year (FFY) 2005, $1.0 million will be available for Non-Point Source Abatement; Assessment, Planning and Research; and Outreach and Education projects in the New York City Watershed.

The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was enacted to protect the quality of drinking water in the United States of America. The New York City Watershed Protection Program provides financial assistance for projects as a part of the watershed program for protection and enhancement of the quality of source waters of the New York City water supply system. Projects include those that demonstrate, assess, or provide for comprehensive monitoring and surveillance and those that are necessary to comply with the criteria for avoiding filtration. The SDWA Grant Program is administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as part of the Departmentís Water Quality Improvement Projects: New York City Watershed Protection Program.

All projects must meet the primary goal, to protect and enhance the quality or quantity of the New York City water supply, while preserving and enhancing the economic and social character of the communities in the New York City (NYC) Watershed. The proposed projects must be within the NYC Watershed. The NYC Watershed is defined as the land area within the counties of Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Ulster, Sullivan, Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess, that contribute to the water supply system of NYC. Construction projects are not eligible.

A new WQIP 2005 Application Form must be submitted to be considered for funding. Applications from previous years will not be carried over.

Application materials for Water Quality Improvement Projects have been mailed to each municipality in the watershed. Copies are also available by calling DEC's Division of Water (518) 402Ė8164 or visiting DEC's website at www.dec.state.ny.us . All project applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2005.


Voluntary Cleanup Program

County: Bronx

Lead Agency: NYSDEC

Project Title: Availability of Voluntary Cleanup Project Remedial Action Report for Comment
Hunts Point Perimeter, Site #V00641-2
Index #: D2-0023-00-04

Project Location: The site is located along the eastern and southeastern portions of the roadway known as Food Center Drive within the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Borough and County of the Bronx, in the City of New York.

Project Description: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) administers the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). The VCP is designed to encourage the remediation of contaminated properties known as brownfields for reuse and development. The New York City Department of Business Services entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement with the Department on January 13, 2003 to conduct an environmental investigation along a portion of the roadway known as Food Center Drive prior to the installation of a new natural gas transmission pipeline. Concurrent with the environmental investigation, was the implementation of an Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) resulting in the excavation of approximately 17,500 tons of contaminated material from the pipeline trench. After each section of pipeline was installed it was covered with flowable backfill (concrete), and the roadway was restored to its original condition. Based on the successful implementation of the IRM, the Volunteer has submitted an IRM Remedial Action Report which proposes No Further Remedial Action and institutional controls as the final remedy. The Department has reviewed the IRM Remedial Action Report and has determined the document to be acceptable for public comment.

Comment Period: The Voluntary Cleanup Agreement, the Remedial Investigation Report, and the IRM Remedial Action Report are available for review at the public repositories identified below. Written comments on the proposed final remedy must be received within 30 days of this Notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the proposed final remedy must explain the basis of that opposition and identify specific grounds which justify the Departmentís imposing significant changes to the final remedial action report. No formal response is made to comments received, but, as a result of comments, the Department may re-evaluate and revise the final remedial action report.

Contact Person: Ronnie Lee, P.E.
NYSDEC
Division of Environmental Remediation
625 Broadway, 12th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-7016
Phone: (518) 402-9768

Document Repositories:
1. NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7016
Phone: (518) 402-9768 (Ronnie Lee)
2. The New York Public Library, 877 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10459
Phone: (718) 617-0338 (Ms. Hetley)
3. NYCEDC, 110 William Street, NY, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 312-3752 (Kay Zias)


Negative Declaration

New York City County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 561 Broadway (CEQR No. 04DCP043M - ULURP No. N040370ZAM & N040371ZCM) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the applicant, Singer Studio Corporation, seeking an authorization pursuant to Section 42-142 of the Zoning Resolution (ZR) to permit the conversion of 561 Broadway (Block 498, Lot 7) from commercial office units to loft residential units (joint living work quarters for artists). In addition, the applicant is requesting a Chairperson certification to modify the rooftop recreation area space requirements of Section 141(d) of the Zoning Resolution. The subject site is located at 561 Broadway, within an M1-5B zoning district in the Soho Cast Iron Historic District in Manhattan Community District 2. It is currently developed with a mixed-use building with ground floor retail and commercial uses on the second, third, sixth, and seventh floors. Floors five, nine and eleven are currently completely residential. The fourth, eighth, tenth, and twelfth floors have both residential and commercial uses. The proposed authorization would allow the applicant to convert the fourteen commercial units on floors 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 to eighteen new residential units, creating a total of 34 residential units in the building. The existing retail uses on the ground floor would remain unchanged. The building has not been designated as a New York City landmark, but it is eligible and has been recommended for listing on the New York State and National Register for Historic Places.

A Certificate of Appropriateness from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and a Certificate of No Effect for the restorative work and mechanical improvements are part of the proposed project. Additionally, the applicant has entered into a Restrictive Declaration with the LPC for the continued maintenance and preservation of the subject building. The project is expected to be completed in 2005.

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