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Revised Negative Declaration

New York City (Brooklyn) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Special Bay Ridge District zoning map and amendment proposal (CEQR No. 05DCP023K - ULURP Nos. 050134 ZMK, N 050133 ZRK, C 050134 ZMK, and 050134 ZMK (A) Brooklyn, Community District 10) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. ULURP application 050134 ZMK (A) reflects changes to the original Special Bay Ridge District zoning map and amendment proposal, for which a Negative Declaration was published in the ENB on October 27, 2004.

Special Bay Ridge District Rezoning and Text Amendment

The applicant, the New York City Department of City Planning, is proposing amendments to the zoning map and zoning text amendments to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 114-00 for the 249 block Special Bay Ridge District (SBRD) in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn Community District 10. One of the sites identified (Block 6086, Lot 1) in the original Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) as a potential development site would not be considered as a potential development site under the revised proposal. Accordingly, the (E) designation for air quality that was to be placed on this property would not be needed under the revised application. The proposed zoning map amendments for the SBRD are as follows:

The proposed zoning text amendment would eliminate the SBRDís preservation sub-areas which comprise the majority of the text. Future land use development would be regulated by the proposed contextual districts. The following SBRD regulations would be maintained or modified as they provide additional protections greater then those of the proposed underlying districts:

The proposed zoning changes would preserve neighborhood scale and character through the mapping of lower density and contextual zoning districts and revisions to the existing special district text. These proposed zoning changes would protect the detached, semi-detached and limestone rowhouse character of most neighborhood mid-blocks and would reinforce several of the avenues as corridors for mid-rise mixed retail/residential buildings and larger elevator buildings. The proposed rezoning would utilize a range of lower density and contextual zoning districts that would preserve and protect existing building types and their neighborhood context. These lower density and contextual districts would match the existing built conditions. The proposed districts would have bulk regulations governing building type, FAR, lot width, lot area, height, density, side yards, curb cuts and parking which provide substantially more protection than the existing SBRD regulations.

Sites expected to be developed as a result of the proposed action include four projected development sites. There are ten potential development sites that are considered less likely to be developed. Under existing zoning approximately 25 dwelling units, 38,555 square feet of commercial floor area and 51,982 square feet of community facility floor area could be developed by 2014. Under the proposed action, it is projected that when compared to the development that could occur in the future without the proposed action, a net gain of approximately 42 dwelling units, 9,855 square feet of commercial floor area and 12,995 square feet of community facility floor could be developed by 2014.

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


Negative Declaration

New York City (Staten Island) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Eltingville Rezoning (CEQR No. 05DCP004R - ULURP No.050015 ZMR) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an amendment to the zoning map to rezone a portion of the Eltingville section of Staten Island, Community District 3 within the Special South Richmond Development District, from R3A to R1-2. The rezoning area encompasses approximately 12 blocks, generally bounded by Koch Boulevard to the north, Richmond Avenue to the northeast, Hales Avenue to the southwest, and Hylan Boulevard to the east.

The proposed rezoning would limit permitted residential development to single-family detached housing, ensuring that future development would be consistent in form and character with existing development. The present R3A zoning district permits two-family detached housing, and the proposed R1-2 zoning district would only permit the development of single-family detached houses on larger lots. The rezoning area is bordered by an R3A zoning district to the northeast, an R3-1 zoning district to the south, and an R1-2 zoning district to the southwest.

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


New York City (Staten Island) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Tottenville Rezoning (CEQR No. 05DCP003R - ULURP No. 050014 ZMR) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an amendment to the zoning map to rezone portions of the Tottenville section of Staten Island, Community District 3 within the Special South Richmond Development District from R3A to R3X and R1-2.

The approximately 25 blocks to be rezoned R1-2 encompass three areas, generally bounded by Asp Place to the north, Bentley Street to the northeast, Amboy Road and Pittsville Street to the south, Wards Point Avenue to the east, and the U.S. Pierhead and Bulkhead Line to the west; Hylan Boulevard and Clermont Avenue to the north, the U.S. Pierhead Line to the south, Page Avenue to the east, and Sprague Avenue to the west; and Amboy Road to the north, Hylan Boulevard and Jacob Street to the south, Page Avenue to the east, and Sleight Avenue to the west.

The approximately 65 blocks to be rezoned R3X encompass three areas, generally bounded by Arthur Kill Road and Orchard Avenue to the north, Amboy Road to the south, Nashville Street to the east, and Fisher Avenue to the west; Amboy Road to the north, Clermont Avenue to the south, Yetman Avenue to the east, and Satterlee Street to the west; and Jacob Street to the north, Hylan Boulevard, Clermont Avenue, and the U.S. Pierhead Line to the south, Bedell Avenue to the east, and Sprague Avenue to the west.

The proposed rezoning would limit permitted residential development to one and two-family detached housing on larger lots, ensuring that future development would be consistent in form and character with existing development. The proposed R1-2 and R3X zoning districts would restrict development to lots larger than those currently developable under the existing R3A zoning district, and the proposed R1-2 district would further restrict development to single-family residences. The rezoning areas are bordered by M3-1, M1-1, R3A, and R3X zoning districts to the north; R3A/C2-1 and C-3 zoning districts to the northwest; R3-2 and R3A zoning districts and Conference House Park to the south; and an R3X zoning district to the east.

Contact: Gwen Sheinfeld, City Planning Commission, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: at (212) 720-3419, fax: (212) 720-3495, E-mail:g_sheinf@planning.nyc.gov.


New York City (Richmond) County - The City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Fairview Park, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposed project will map as parkland 42 acres of undeveloped property at Englewood Avenue and Veterans Road West in Charleston, Staten Island. With the exception of a privately owned lot, (Block 7375, Lot 7), the entire site is City-owned and was assigned to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) in July 2003 for park purposes. As part of this ULURP mapping action, DPR will de-map a westerly, unbuilt section of Veterans Road West for incorporation into a Greenway at the parkís edge. The ULURP application also seeks to acquire the private property on Tax Lot 7 of Block 7375. At this mapped park, DPR proposes to create active and passive recreational facilities along with historic and environmental preservation areas.

9.5 acres of the new mapped park will become an active recreation complex (including multi-use athletic fields, basketball courts and tennis courts), ancillary facilities (including a comfort station, park maintenance building, and a 75-space parking lot for park visitors and employees along Englewood Avenue). 12.5 acres surrounding an archaeological site in the western portion of the project area will remain in its current forested state; the only new built element being a wood-chip trail. 20 acres of forest and wetland on the eastern side of the park will be designated as an environmental preserve. A new greenway will be created along a 970-foot portion of Veterans Road West adjacent to the environmental preserve. The proposed project is expected to be complete in spring 2006. The area proposed for park mapping is part of an undeveloped 135-acre parcel of land which is mostly City-owned and is generally bound by Englewood Avenue to the north, Arthur Kill Road to the west, and Veterans Road West to the south and east.

In 2002, the City divided the 135-acre parcel into smaller parcels, tentatively assigning them potential future uses intended to address the needs and growth of the surrounding community. These uses were as follows: approximately 42 acres for a retail complex called Bricktown Centre (reviewed by NYCEDC in a 2002 EIS and currently under construction); approximately 42 acres for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; approximately 15 acres for use by the Department of Education; approximately 10 acres for a senior retirement village; and approximately 10 acres for a garden center. In the spring of 2003, approximately 10 acres were transferred from the City to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for the creation of a bus depot (See Figure A-5). The proposed recreational park and environmental preserve were included in the overall concept to provide a balance between the areaís potential new development and its existing natural and historic features.

In August 2004, DPR issued a Negative Declaration for the mapping of Fairview Park. The Negative Declaration and accompanying Environmental Assessment were subsequently challenged in the New York State Supreme Court, and as a result DPR agreed to revise the EAS in order to address the adjacent City projects in greater detail. The EAS and Negative Declaration have been revised pursuant to the Courtís direction. None of the adjacent parcels have been developed yet and neither designs nor specific programmatic elements for the parcels have received any of the necessary approvals. Given the slower progress of the developments at these surrounding parcels, which are each in the jurisdiction of other agencies and are being designed and developed independently of Fairview Park and each other, the completion of each of these developments would occur, if at all, after the proposed parkís 2006 build year. If plans for the other developments progress sufficiently, then future environmental reviews would include both Fairview Park and Bricktown Centre as part of the No-Build Scenario, and therefore this present review is fully protective of the environment. The proposed action is located in the Charleston neighborhood of Richmond County. The park will be located south of Englewood Avenue and west of Veterans Road West in Community District 3.

Contact: Joshua Laird, City of New York/Department of Parks & Recreation, 830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021, phone: (212) 360-3402, fax: (212) 360-3453, E-mail: joshua.laird@parks.nyc.gov.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

New York City (Kings) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Sunset Park High School Facility. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on March 14, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at P.S. 24, 427 38th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until March 25, 2005. The action involves site selection, acquisition, acceptance of construction funding and construction of a new public high school facility serving approximately 1,640 students in the ninth through twelfth grades in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. The proposed new school facility would be located on the block bounded by 34th Street to the north, 4th Avenue to the east, 35th Street to the south, and 3rd Avenue to the west. The proposed site is located on the eastern portion of Block 688 on Lots 26 & 44, and adjoins the John D'Emic Park. The proposed project would involve demoliting the existing buildings on the site, and constructing a new 5-story school building. The project is located at 932 4th Avenue and 156/170 34th Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, phone: (718) 472-8220.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS

New York City (Queens) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Rego Park Mall Expansion (CEQR No. 04DCP040Q - ULURP Nos. N040541 ZRQ; 040542 ZSQ; and M860562(A) ZSQ). The action involves Alexanders of Rego II, Inc. and Alexanders of Rego Park proposing to build a mixed-use retail and residential development on the block (Block 2080, Lot 101) bounded by the Horace Harding/Long Island Expressway (LIE) service road to the north, 62nd Drive to the south, Junction Boulevard to the west, and 97th Street to the east in Rego Park, Queens. The project site contains a group of parking lots with approximately 900 spaces. Approximately 542 monthly card holders currently use the lots; of those, 402 have commuter passes that are valid on weekdays between 6 AM and 7 PM, and 140 have 24-hour passes valid seven days a week. The commuter parking lots were opened at the request of the Queens Borough Presidentís office to accommodate the anticipated demand for parking during construction at the Queens Center Mall.

The proposed development would total 1,821,195 gross square feet (gsf), including approximately 692,720 gsf of commercial retail use, 450 residential units, and 1,416 accessory parking spaces. A two-level vehicular and pedestrian bridge would span 62nd Drive and connect the proposed parking garage with the parking garage in the existing Rego Park Mall. Additionally, the project sponsor proposes to create approximately 26,665 square feet of publicly accessible, open and covered pedestrian area.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423.