Consolidated SPDES Renewals
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has extended the public comment period on the permit applications for the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project (DEC # 2-6204-01510/00001) for 30 days starting on May 31,2005 and ending on June 30, 2005. This project requires an Article 15 Protection of Waters permit and Section 401 Water Quality Certification which were both determined to be complete with a Notice of Complete Application published in the April 13, 2005 Environmental Notice Bulletin. The public comment period is extended to June 30, 2005, and all comments must be provided in writing, and must be sent to the following address by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2005:
Albany, NY 12233
New York City (Staten Island) County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Staten Island Commercial Overlay Elimination will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing Zoning Map amendments for 606 lots in twenty-one areas located in Staten Island Community Districts 1, 2, and 3. The proposed action would partially eliminate commercial overlay districts (C1-1, C1-2, C2-1) in the areas listed below:
Community District 1
Community District 2
Community District 3
The purpose of the commercial overlay elimination is to preserve the existing low-density residential character of the affected neighborhoods, which are primarily comprised of detached- and semi-detached homes. By eliminating the commercial overlay districts, future development would be required to match the context of the surrounding neighborhood. The proposed action would limit new development to housing types that would correspond to the neighborhood’s residential context and built form without precluding future development opportunities. In addition, the partial elimination of the commercial overlay districts would prevent inappropriate commercial uses from being established in strictly residential neighborhoods.
Contact: Robert Dobruskin, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 1007, phone: (212) 720-3423.
New York City (Staten Island) County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Veterans Road West Shopping Center 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 applicant, Guido Passarelli, is requesting the following actions:
The proposed actions would facilitate the construction of a 136,271 square foot retail center on a 335,780 square foot site located at 2925, 2935, 2955 and 2965 Veterans Road West (Block 7511, Lots 1, 9, 21, 23, and 30) and is located within an M1-1 district within the Special South Richmond Development District (SSRDD) in the Charleston neighborhood of Staten Island, Community District 3. The project site is bounded by Veterans Road West to the north, Richmond Parkway to the south and Tyrellan Avenue to the east. The proposed development would consist of approximately 91,852 square feet of retail space and 44,419 square feet of office space in five separate buildings and a parking lot with 467 accessory parking spaces. It is expected that construction would be completed in 2006.
The conditions are:
Contact: Robert Dobruskin, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423.
New York City (Bronx) County - The NYC Department of Transportation, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed East 153rd Street Bridge over Metro-North Railroad, Bronx. The action involves changes to a city map to widen and align the approaches to the bridge; acquisition of real property by the City; acquisition of fee title for Block 2458, Lot 1, and Block 2458, Lot 2, and the partial fee title acquisition of Block 2441, Lot 1 and Block 2443, Lot 53; establishment of legal grades; property exchange between DOT and MTA; transfer of jurisdiction of the mapped ROW (Block 2442, Lot 34) from the Housing Authority to NYCDOT; establishment of easements on Block 2443, Lots 1, 4, 53 and 72, and possibly for the bridge foundations on the property identified as Block 2443, Lot 71, leased by the MTA; the potential for the establishment of a temporary construction easement on Block 2458 between Lots 2 & 6; replacement of the two traffic islands located at East 153rd Street and Grand Concourse (currently maintained under the Greenstreets Program), with a large traffic island within the NYCDOT ROW at the southeast corner of East 153rd Street and Grand Concourse; a NYCDPR Forestry Permit for the protection of street trees; and a NYCDPR Construction Permit for any sidewalk work adjacent to the Franz Siegel Park. The two alternatives pursued in the DEIS consist of the no-build alternative and the recommended alternative. The no-build alternative considers a future condition scenario in which the proposed bridge would not be constructed. The recommended alternative considers a future condition that includes impact that may be associated with construction of the proposed bridge. The project site is located in Community Districts 1 and 4 of the Bronx. The project limits extend from Grand Concourse and East 153rd Street at the west end over Metro-North Railroad to Concourse Village East and East 153rd Street at the east end. The study area is generally bound by 161st Street to the north, 144th Street to the south, Melrose Avenue to the east and Cromwell Avenue in the west.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed project was certified as complete and distributed on July 20, 2004. Pursuant to CEQR, a public hearing was held on August 30, 2004, at the Bronx Borough Presidents Office, in order to receive comments on the information and analyses contained in the DEIS. Notice of the public hearing was published in the Bronx Times Reporter on August 12, 2004, in the Environmental Bulletin on August 11, 2004, and in the City Record from August 4, 2004 through August 10, 2004. The public comment period remained open for written comments until September 9, 2004.
The project site is located in Community Districts 1 and 4 of the Bronx. The project limits extend from Grand Concourse and East 153rd Street at the west end over Metro-North Railroad to Concourse Village East and East 153rd Street at the east end. The study area is generally bound by 161st Street to the north, 144th Street to the south, Melrose Avenue to the east and Cromwell Avenue in the west.
Contact Person: Naim Rasheed, Director
NYCDOT, Traffic Planning
Office of Project Analysis/CEQR
40 Worth Street, Room 928
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 676-1680
Contact Person: Joseph Santamaria, P.E., Project Engineer
NYCDOT Bureau of Roadway Bridges
59 Maiden Lane, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10038