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Negative Declaration

New York City (Brooklyn) County - The New York City Department of Small Business Services, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Brooklyn Navy Yard Property Land Acquisition and Dispositions will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. This project involves the following property acquisition and dispositions:

There is no proposed development as part of these actions. Future use and development on the parcels would be in accordance with the existing M3-1 (Naval Station Annex) and M1-2 (Officer’s Quarters) zoning.

The project is located at the Naval Annex Station: 207 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY , Officer’s Quarters: Corner of Navy Street & Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, NY.

Contact: Andrew Schwartz, DSBS, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, phone: (212) 618-6300, fax: (212) 618-8991, e-mail:aschwartz@sbs.nyc.gov.


Condition Negative Declaration

New York City (Brooklyn) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed P.S./I.S. 237 Brooklyn (new building) 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 proposed construction of a new primary/intermediate school to be known as P.S./I.S. 237. The proposed facility would house two separate school organizations for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade with a total capacity of 1,117 seats. The proposed, approximately 133,000-square-foot school building would serve DOE Region No. 7/Community School District No. 20. This project would be undertaken pursuant to DOE’s Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2009.

Construction of the new school facility has been proposed by DOE to provide additional student capacity within Region No. 7/Community School District No. 20. According to data for the 2004-2005 school year, several elementary and middle schools in the district operated above or near their built capacities. The district schools located nearest to the project site and operating above their built capacities include P.S. 48, P.S. 112, P.S. 163, P.S. 186, P.S. 205, J.H.S. 227, and P.S. 247. The utilization rates for these schools range from 96 to 143 percent.

The proposed site contains a total of approximately 38,000 square feet in area, and is an L-shaped property located on the block bounded by Avenue P to the north, Kings Highway to the south, West 13th Street to the east, and Stillwell Avenue to the west in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. The property contains a large vacant school building and two-story frame houses that had been converted to school use by the property’s former owner, the Magen David Yeshiva. The Yeshiva, which was an approximately 1,300-seat elementary school, relocated to a new facility in 2004, and the property was acquired by the SCA. The SCA would demolish all existing on-site structures to permit construction of the new public school facility on the site.

The proposed new school facility would house two separate school organizations, each of which would serve pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students. Some facilities would be shared between two organizations, such as the auditorium, gymnasium, library, and dining services. Each school organization would have its own administrative staff. A main entrance, shared by both schools, would be on the corner of Avenue P and Stillwell Avenue, and two side entrances would be on West 13th Street and Stillwell Avenue. The building is expected to rise four stories, covering approximately seventy-one percent of the parcel. A dedicated outdoor play area for the youngest students would be provided, as would a hard-surface play area for students in first through eighth grades.

The proposed facility would be located in an R6 residential zoning district, in which schools are permitted as-of-right as per Section 22-00 of the New York City Zoning Resolution. With the proposed Bensonhurst Rezoning (a separate action that is currently being proposed by the New York City Department of City Planning), the proposed school building design would not comply with applicable bulk regulations, including floor area ratio, height and setback, maximum lot coverage and rear yard requirements. A zoning override from the office of the Deputy Mayor for Policy may be required to permit the zoning bulk non-compliances. The zoning override would apply only to the project site and would not be expected to result in significant adverse impacts.

The conditions are:

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101-3045, phone: (718) 472-8220


Revised Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed P.S./I.S. 260 Queens new 996-Seat Primary/Intermediate School 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 the acceptance of construction funding and construction of a new 996-seat primary/intermediate school in the Corona section of Queens. This project would be undertaken pursuant to DOE’s Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2009. For the purpose of this environmental review, it has been assumed that student occupancy of the new facility would begin in September 2007, which is the Build Year that has been analyzed. The proposed site is an approximately 43,000 square foot assemblage located on the south side of Roosevelt Avenue between 99th and 100th Streets in the Corona section of Queens (Block 1608, Lots 1, 8, 14 & 17 (portion)). The site is located on the block generally bounded by Roosevelt Avenue to the north, 41st Avenue to the south, 99th Street to the west, and 100th Street to the east. Lots 1, 8 and 14 are owned by the SCA and currently contain vacant one- and two-story buildings (and an accessory parking lot) that were formerly occupied by a metal-plating business. Lot 17 is a vacant City-owned property almost entirely located within the bed of 100th Street. The purpose of the proposed new primary/intermediate school facility is to provide additional student capacity within DOE Region No. 4/Community School District No. 24, and specifically to relieve the extreme overcrowding at P.S. 19, which is located across 99th Street from the proposed site. During the 2003-2004 school year, the P.S. 19 school building operated at 106 percent of its intended capacity, with an enrollment of 1,444 students. The Transportable Classroom Units (TCUs) and Minischool Building located on P.S. 19’s grounds also operated at a utilization rate. Primary school facilities throughout Community School District No. 24 were similarly overcrowded during the 2003-2004 school year, collectively operating at 102 percent of their intended capacities. Intermediate schools in CSD 24 operated at 95 percent capacity during this time period, and I.S. 61, the intermediate school closest to the project site, operated at 87 percent of its capacity. The proposed new primary/intermediate school building would contain a total of up to approximately 111,453 gross square feet consisting of pre-kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms, special educational facilities, gymnasium, auditorium, library, administrative space, cafeteria, and kitchen. The remainder of the school site would be improved with landscaping and playground space. Student occupancy is expected to occur by September 2007.

The conditions are:

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101-3045, phone: (718) 472-8220


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City (Queens) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, as determined that the proposed Silvercup West may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments will be accepted by the lead agency through the tenth day following the scoping meeting. A public scoping meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at City of New York Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York. The action involves an application by Terra Cotta, LLC to develop "Silvercup West", an approximately 2.77 million gross square foot (gsf) mixed-use development on an approximately 6-acre waterfront site (the project site) located at 42-20 Vernon Boulevard (Block 477, Lots 13, 15, 20 and 24) in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens Community Board 2. The project site is generally bounded by the Queensboro Bridge to the north, Vernon Boulevard to the east, 43rd Avenue to the south, and the East River to the west, and is located within the area covered by the Waterfront Access Plan (WAP) Q-1 for Northern Hunters Point.

Silvercup Studios is a television and movie production studio facility currently located in Long Island City. The proposed Silvercup West project is intended to expand and enhance their television and movie production operations, improve access to the waterfront, and provide for a mix of uses at the project site. The proposed development would be comprised of the following uses:

The proposed project would contain three towers. Two residential towers at the southern portion of the building would be 517 feet and 600 feet in height, respectively, and a commercial tower at the northern portion of the building would be 557 feet in height. The project would also include a 1,400-space accessory parking garage with access provided by two driveways on Vernon Boulevard. Also, the portion of 43rd Avenue along the southern portion of the project site, between Vernon Boulevard and the East River, which is a mapped but currently unimproved street, would be re-graded and improved as part of the proposed project, and the East River bulkhead would be reestablished along the project site’s western boundary. The proposed project would provide a publicly accessible waterfront esplanade between the project site’s western boundary and the East River and an upland connection along the project site’s northern boundary.

Contact: Brad Kieves, City of New York Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007, phone: (212) 720-3417, E-mail: bkieves@planning.nyc.gov


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS

New York City (Queens) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Metropolitan Avenue School Campus, Queens. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until June 16, 2005. The action involves the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) proposing to construct a new school campus in the Forest Hills section of Queens that would provide approximately 2,238 additional public school seats. The proposed campus would accommodate four school organizations, and would be known as the Metropolitan Avenue School Campus.

The proposed new facility would be developed on approximately eight (8) acres of vacant land owned by the SCA and located on a former industrial superblock (Block 3886, Lots 800 & 830). This block is bounded to the north by Metropolitan Avenue, to the west by Woodhaven Boulevard and Trotting Course Lane, to the south by Union Turnpike, and to the east by 69th Avenue, Sybilla Street, and Ursula Place.

The proposed new campus would be located within the boundaries of DOE Region No. 3/Community School District No. 28. The campus would provide facilities for four organizations: one 630-seat primary/intermediate school serving Region No. 3/Community School District No. 28; one 630-seat primary/intermediate school serving Region No. 4/Community School District No. 24; and two 489-seat high school organizations serving the residents of the Borough of Queens. The proposed new school campus would contain approximately 303,600 gross square feet within a five-story structure. The new school campus would contain general education classrooms; science demonstration rooms and laboratories; art and music rooms; auditorium; library; gymnasium; cafeteria and kitchen; administrative and support space; and, facilities for District 75 students.

The proposed school campus is intended to provide additional public school capacity in this area of Queens. During the 2003-2004 school year, primary and intermediate school facilities in Community School District No. 28 operated at 89 percent of their existing facilities’ intended capacities. Primary and intermediate school facilities in Community School District No. 24 operated at 100 percent of their intended capacities. Region No. 3’s high schools operated at 114 percent, and Region No. 4’s high schools operated at 123 percent of their respective capacities.

Entrances to the campus for students, staff and visitors would be located on Metropolitan Avenue and 70th Road. An additional leg would be added to the existing intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Selfridge Street to accommodate the school campus’s driveway. Those walking to the campus would be expected to use 69th Avenue, 69th Road, or Sybilla Street, and enter the campus from its pedestrian-only entrance on Sybilla Street.

The SCA would begin construction of the campus in Summer 2005, and student occupancy of the facilities would begin in September 2008. The proposed project would be undertaken pursuant to DOE’s Five-Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2009.

The project is located at 87-01 69th Avenue (a/k/a 92-34 Metropolitan Avenue), Queens, New York, Block 3886, Lots 800 & 830.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101-3045, phone: (718) 472-8220.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Final EIS

New York City (Brooklyn) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Sunset Park High School Facility, Brooklyn (new building). The action involves the site selection, acquisition, acceptance of construction funding, and construction of a new, approximately 1,640-seat high school facility in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn.

The proposed new facility would be built on the block bounded by 34th Street, 35th Street, 3rd Avenue, and 4th Avenue on an approximately 48,000 square foot site (Block 688, Lots 26 & 44). The site adjoins the approximately 1.13-acre John D’Emic Sr. Park, which is a City-owned playground operated by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. The site currently consists of privately-owned one- and two-story buildings occupied by manufacturing/warehouse uses. These properties would be acquired by the SCA, and the existing on-site structures would be demolished in order to construct the new school facility.

The proposed facility would be located in the DOE’s Region No. 8, and is expected to serve the residents of Sunset Park and its adjoining neighborhoods, which are currently served by and extend into Region Nos. 7 and 8. The new school facility is intended to provide relief to the severe overcrowding experienced at Fort Hamilton High School, which many Sunset Park residents currently attend. During the 2003-2004 school year, Fort Hamilton High School operated at a 162 percent utilization rate, serving an enrollment of 4,721 students in a facility whose functional capacity accommodates only 2,918 students.

According to preliminary plans, the proposed new school facility would contain approximately 191,000 gross square feet within a five-story (plus cellar) structure. The new facility would contain general education classrooms; science demonstration rooms and laboratories; art and music rooms; auditorium; library; gymnasium; cafeteria and kitchen; administrative and support space; and, facilities for District 75 students. The proposed building would cover most of the site, and would maintain entrances off 34th Street, 35th Street, and 4th Avenue. As part of the proposed project, the SCA would petition the New York City Department of Transportation to reverse the traffic directions of 34th and 35th Streets between 3rd and 4th Avenues in order to facilitate the safe drop-off and pick-up of students.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101-3045, phone: (718) 472-8220.