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New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program

Notice of Application to Participate

Applicant: Third Avenue Projects, Inc.
Site Name: 4497 and 4507-4511 Third Avenue Project
Site Number: C203025
Site Address: 4497 and 4501-4511 Third Avenue, Bronx, New York 10457
Site County: Bronx County

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 residential and commercial use of the site.

The Department will accept public comments concerning the application, as well as a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, and a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment for thirty days from April 13, 2005 through May 13, 2005. After review of the application and any public comments received, the Department will determine whether to accept the Applicant’s request to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. If the Department accepts the Applicant’s 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 Department’s 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 New York Public Library, Belmont Branch, 610 East 186th Street, Bronx, New York 10458.

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
One Hunters Point Plaza
47-40 21st Street, 1st Floor
Long Island City, New York 11101-5407
Attn: Joseph O’Connell
Phone: (718) 482-4892

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


Public Notice

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Office of General Services has declared that 727 Decatur Street, located in the City of New York, County of Kings, Borough of Brooklyn, is no longer useful for state program purposes and has been declared abandoned to the Commissioner of General Services for sale or other disposition as unappropriated state land. This abandonment was approved March 28, 2005.

Contact: Ellen Manning, Office of General Services, Bureau of Land Management, 26th Floor, Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242, phone: (518) 474-2195, fax: (518) 473-0011.


Public Scoping

County: New York

Lead Agency: NYC Department of Environmental Protection

For Public Hearing or Scoping Session: May 9, 2006 - Time: 6:30 p.m., NY Blood Center Auditorium, 310 East 67th Street, (between First and Second Avenues) NY, NY

Public Comment Period: 4/8/2005 to 5/19/2005

For Scoping Session: Final Date for Written Comments: 5/19/2005

Project Title: Shaft 33B to City Tunnel No. 3, Stage 2 - Manhattan Leg

Project Description: NYCDEP, as lead agency, has prepared a Draft Scope of Work for the City Tunnel No. 3, Stage 2 - Manhattan Leg (City Tunnel No. 3), Shaft 33B Project. NYCDEP is proposing to improve water supply capabilities and redundancy in the area of Midtown Manhattan by constructing a vertical water supply shaft, Shaft 33B, and associated trunk water mains to supply water from City Tunnel No. 3 to Manhattan residents. Once constructed, the shaft would be an unmanned, underground facility capable of conveying water from City Tunnel No. 3 to the surface distribution system.

NYCDEP has performed a site screening process to evaluate potential Shaft 33B locations and identified the preferred location for Shaft 33B at 59th Street and First Avenue (on the northwest corner of E. 59th Street in the sidewalk area) in Manhattan. As a result of the screening process, three feasible locations that could possibly accommodate shaft construction, in addition to the preferred site, were identified. These are: E. 54th Street and Second Avenue; E. 61st Street between First and Second Avenues; and E. 59th Street and Second Avenue. NYCDEP proposes that Shaft 33B be located at E. 59th Street and First Avenue generally because the advantages of this site are more attractive and the disadvantages are more manageable as compared with the other feasible sites.

NYCDEP has determined that the proposed Shaft 33B project is appropriate for analysis within the context of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to permit the highest level of community involvement in the environmental review process. The primary purpose of the Draft EIS is to provide a discussion of the potential environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of the proposed Shaft 33B project at the E. 59th Street and First Avenue site. The three feasible alternative sites identified above will be assessed at a level of detail that allows a comparative assessment of the engineering and environmental issues related to each of the alternative sites.

Project Location: E. 59th Street and First Avenue (on the northwest corner of E. 59th Street in the sidewalk area)

Location where Draft Scope is Available for Review: By contacting NYCDEP contact person indicated below or at http://www.nyc.gov/dep.

Contact: Constance Vavilis, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th floor, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: (718) 595-7262, fax: (718) 595-4479, Email: constance@dep.nyc.gov.


Negative Declaration

New York City (Staten Island) County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Great Kills Harbor & Tottenville Waterfront Rezoning (CEQR No. 05DCP025R - ULURP No. 050143 ZMR) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an amendment to the zoning map to rezone two C3 districts to a C3A, R3-1, and R3-2 districts within the Great Kills Harbor and Tottenville Waterfront areas in the Special South Richmond Development District of Staten Island, Community District 3.

The rezoning is being proposed pursuant to a recent application (No. N040480 ZRX) by the Department of City Planning and adopted by the New York City Council on September 28, 2004, amending Article I, Chapter 1 and Article III, Chapters 4 and 5 of the New York City Zoning Resolution to establish a new C3A zoning designation. The C3A zoning designation may be applied in any Growth Management Area, and it changes the underlying zoning district from R3-2, governing residential development in C3 zoning districts, to R3A.

Under the current application, residential development under the existing C3 zoning district is governed by R3-2 zoning regulations of the Special South Richmond Development District, which allow general residences, including attached homes. The proposed C3A zoning district would continue to allow commercial development but would result in residential development governed by the R3A zoning regulations of the Special South Richmond Development District, which restrict development to one- and two-family detached homes. Part of the rezoning area is bordered by R3-2 and R3-1 zoning districts, which permit semi-detached and attached residences.

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


New York City (Bronx) County - The New York City Department of Sanitation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Bronx Lot Cleaning Facility will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) proposing to acquire property located on Block 3047, Lot 50, for continued use as a garage to accommodate DSNY’s Bronx Lot Cleaning Unit which currently uses the site under a lease. No change in use is proposed. The property is a one-story garage type building and is located in a Commercial (C8-3) Zone, on the southwest corner of the intersection of Third Avenue and East 181st Street. The building is privately owned and comprises approximately 17,172 square feet. The DSNY began leasing the building in 1969 to accommodate the Bronx Community District 6 (CD 6) Garage. In 1990, a new garage was constructed for Bronx CD 6 at 800 East 176th Street and so the CD6 District Garage use at 4401 Third Avenue was replaced by the Bronx Lot Cleaning Unit which moved from two buildings at 2756 Third Avenue and 3468 Park Avenue.

The acquisition of the building for the continued storage of DSNY equipment and personnel offices would continue to facilitate the cleaning of vacant lots in the Bronx. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services has advised DSNY that it would be fiscally prudent for DSNY to acquire this property for its current and long term uses rather than lease the site. Purchase is expected to be via the City’s Eminent Domain Procedure.

The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure application (C900888 PLX) for the acquisition of this property was approved and the resolution adopted by the City Planning Commission on June 10, 1992, Calendar No. 28.

Contact: Abas O. Braimah, DSNY Bureau of Legal Affairs, Room 708, 125 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013.


New York City (Brooklyn) County - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, Kings County Hospital Center Behavioral Health Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) receiving a request from the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) for the Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) Behavioral Health Center. The proposed action consists of DASNY’s authorization of the undertaking of the design, development and construction of a new Behavioral Health Center at KCHC on behalf of HHC pursuant to DASNY’s Municipal Health Facilities Improvement Program. The proposed project is being financed with New York City General Obligation Bonds. KCHC is a 44-acre, 22-building medical complex located at 451 Clarkson Avenue at the southerly edge of Brooklyn Community District 9 in the East Flatbush area of the Borough of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.

More specifically, the proposed project involves the construction of a 7-story (plus basement) Behavioral Health Center (a.k.a., the “R” Building), with up to approximately 300,500 gross square feet (gsf) of space. The new facility would replace, modernize and consolidate Behavioral Health Care (BHC) services, currently contained within seven different buildings on the KCHC campus.

BHC services include four groups, including Child and Adolescent Services, Adult Ambulatory Care Services, Adult Inpatient Services, and Chemical Dependency Services. Currently, these services are scattered across multiple, obsolete buildings on the eastern side of the 44-acre campus. With the proposed project, these services would be consolidated into a single 7-story building of approximately 300,500 gross square feet (gsf), to be located on a site now used as a parking lot between existing “A” and “T” buildings. Additionally, as part of the proposed project, the adjacent “U” building and the Urgent Care Center (UCC) would be demolished approximately one year after the start of construction of the new “R” building. The site of “U” Building would become an entry plaza and entry drive with landscaping for the proposed “R” building. The displaced parking will be accommodated elsewhere on the KCHC campus. As the proposed “R” building would centralize BHC services in one building, duplicate services and equipment would be eliminated and patients and staff would no longer have to travel from one building to another for different BHC services. The proposed project would ensure competitive and efficient delivery of behavioral health care services at KCHC.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined the “U” building is eligible for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. As part of the proposed project, a Letter of Resolution (LOR) has been agreed upon by HHC, DASNY and OPRHP. The LOR outlines stipulations that mitigate the impact of the demolition of the “U” Building.

A Certificate of Need (CON) application (ÿ. 7001016H) for the subject project was submitted by HHC to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for review and approval on July 20, 2004. The CON was approved by NYSDOH on December 28, 2004. The existing 240 beds of the BHC program will be reduced to 230 inpatient beds in the new facility. (Note: Although KCHC is licensed to operate 888 beds, the number of operational beds is currently 616 beds.) With the new Behavioral Health Center in place, the total bed count at KCHC would be 606.

Contact: Joanna Oliver, Office of Environmental Affairs, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, One Penn Plaza, 52nd floor, New York, New York 10119-0098, phone: (212) 273-5023, fax: (212) 273-5121, e-mail:Joliver@dasny.org.