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Notice of Adoption - 6NYCRR Part 40 'Marine Fish'

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 11-0303, 13-0340, 13-0340-b, 13-0340-e and 13-0340-f. The Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Proposed Rule Making of Part 40 of Title 6 NYCRR relating to marine fish. This notice will be published in issue 27 of the State Register, dated 7/6/2005.

For further information contact:
Byron Young
NYSDEC
205 N. Belle Mead Rd, Suite 1
E. Setauket, NY 11733
Telephone: 631-444-0435
E-mail: bhyoung@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Brownfield Cleanup Program

Availability of Brownfields Cleanup Remediation Work Plan for Comment

Site Name: Queens West Parcel 9
County: Queens
Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Site Number: BCP No. C241049

Site Location: Parcel 9 is a portion of the Queens West Development Area located in the Hunters Point section of Queens, New York. The parcel is bounded by 5th Street on the east, 48th Avenue on the south, Center Boulevard on the west, and 47th Road on the north. It has a total area of approximately 1.79 acres and is currently vacant.

Project Description: Two areas of soil contamination have been identified on the site. Petroleum contamination is present in the north-central portion of the site, and coal tar contamination is present in the southwestern corner of the site, and along the western boundary of the site adjacent to Center Boulevard. The proposed remedy is the excavation and removal from the site of the petroleum- and coal tar-contaminated soil. To prevent odors, vapors, and dust from leaving the site, excavation and loading of the contaminated material will be performed within a fully-enclosed containment structure equipped with an air-purifying system. Sheeting will be driven into the ground around the exterior of the excavation area to support the excavation, control the inflow of groundwater, and prevent off-site contaminants from flowing back onto the site after remediation is completed.

After the contaminated soil has been removed, the excavated areas will be backfilled and development of the site will proceed. The proposed development on the site is a residential building on the western portion of the site and a multilevel parking structure on the eastern portion of the site. The building will be constructed with a sub-slab ventilation system and a vapor barrier to prevent any vapors in the sub-slab soil from entering the building in the future.

Technical Assistance Grants: Based on the types and quantities of contaminants on the site, and the current and planned land uses in the area, NYSDEC, in conjunction with NYSDOH, has determined that the site represents a significant threat to public health and/or the environment. For sites where a significant threat determination has been made, eligible community groups may obtain technical assistance grants (TAGs) of up to $50,000 to obtain independent technical assistance to increase public awareness and understanding of the remedial activities. Contact NYSDEC to obtain information on eligibility and application procedures for TAGs.

Public Comment Period: NYSDEC will accept public comments concerning the Remediation Work Plan (RWP) until August 15, 2005. Copies of the RWP and other appropriate documents are available in the site document repositories located at the addresses listed below. NYSDEC will review the RWP and public comments received and then make a determination on approval of the RWP.

Contact: Vadim Brevdo, P.E., Project Manager, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, (718) 482-4891, email: vxbrevdo@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Repository Addresses:
Long Island City Public Library
Court Square Branch
25-01 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Telephone: (718) 937-2790

NYSDEC Region 2 Office
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
(call in advance) (718) 482-4891

Community Board No. 2 Office
43-22 50th Street - Second Floor
Woodside, New York 11377
(call in advance) (718) 533-8773


Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County - The New York City City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Far Rockaway and Mott Creek Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) proposing Zoning Map amendments for all or portions of 21 blocks in the southeastern Queens neighborhoods of Far Rockaway and Mott Creek, Community District 14. The rezoning area is generally bounded by Hicksville Road to the north, Beach 9th Street and Beach 6th Street to the west, Seagirt Avenue and the Far Rockaway Inlet to the south, and the Nassau County line to the east.

The amendments to the Zoning Map are as follows:

The purpose of the rezoning is to ensure that future development will reinforce the one- and two-family detached and semi-detached housing mix that typifies much of the area by preventing out-of character development. 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.

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


New York City (Queens) County - The New York City City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed College Point Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) proposing Zoning Map amendments for all or portions of 161 blocks in the northern Queens neighborhood of College Point located in Community District 7. The rezoning area is generally bounded by Flushing Bay on the west, the East River on the north and 132nd Street to the east, and 30th Avenue to the south.

The amendments to the Zoning Map are as follows:

In addition, the Zoning Map amendment would also include the following changes to commercial overlays:

The objective of the proposed rezoning is to comprehensively establish contextual zoning districts for residentially-developed portions of College Point. This rezoning is intended to preserve the one- and two-family character of neighborhood and ensure that future residential development will reinforce the established character.

The College Point rezoning proposal would limit new development to a housing type and density that corresponds to the neighborhood’s residential context and form. The proposed contextual zoning districts would prevent out-of-character, multiple-family, attached buildings. For five blocks or block portions within the rezoning area, the proposal will reflect the predominantly residential character of these blocks by changing the zoning designation from light manufacturing to a residential zone allowing one- or two-family housing developments. In addition, the proposed rezoning to a higher residential density with commercial overlays would reinforce the role of College Point Boulevard as the community’s central corridor.

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


New York City (Bronx) County - The New York City City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Morris Park Rezoning, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) proposing Zoning Map amendments for all or portions of 36 blocks in the central Bronx neighborhood of Morris Park, Community District 11. The rezoning area is generally bounded by Rhinelander/Morris Park Avenue to the north, Sackett Avenue to the south, Bronxdale Avenue to the west and Newport/Tenbroeck Avenues to the east.

The amendments to the Zoning Map are as follows:

The purpose of the rezoning is to maintain the current character of the neighborhood, which is primarily comprised of low-density detached- and semi-detached homes. Given the existing zoning there is an incentive to demolish existing housing stock to make way for out-of-scale attached or multifamily structures. 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.

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


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

New York City County - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Harlem Hospital Center Modernization Project [Design, Development and Construction]. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at 6:00 P.M. in the Herbert Cave Auditorium, on the 2nd Floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Pavilion, Harlem Hospital Center, 506 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York. Written comments on the DEIS may be sent to the contact person and will be accepted for a period of ten (10) calendar days following the close of the Public Hearing. Copies of the DEIS are also available for viewing at the following Manhattan branches of the New York Public Library: Countee Cullen Branch, 104 West 136th Street; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard; and Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street. The proposed action consists of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s (DASNY) authorization of the undertaking of the design, development and construction of the Modernization Project on behalf of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) pursuant to DASNY’s Municipal Health Facilities Improvement Program. The proposed project is being financed with New York City General Obligation Bonds. Harlem Hospital Center (the “Hospital”) is a public hospital in Manhattan, New York County, New York.

The proposed project involves demolition, construction and renovation activities. Hospital buildings to be demolished include the 7-story, 138,000-gross-square-foot (gsf) Women’s Pavilion; the 5-story, 24,500-gsf Old Nurses Residence; 9-story, 64,300-gsf New Nurses Residence; 6-story, 53,500-gsf Outpatient Department; an existing 160-space surface parking lot; and an approximately 6,000-gsf, 2-story Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Emergency Medical Service (EMS) building. The total approximate gross square footage of the buildings to be demolished is 286,300. New construction includes a new, approximately 155,800-zoning-square-foot (zsf) Patient Pavilion, consisting of 5 stories above grade, a rooftop mechanical penthouse, and a 1-story basement (below grade), and a 4-level, approximately 67,000-zsf, 450-space parking garage which includes a new EMS building and ambulance drop-off. The new garage would front on West 137th Street while the EMS facility would face the internal campus service road.

The proposed project also includes the renovation of the existing Martin Luther King, Jr. Pavilion, including upgrading bed and support areas, modernizing elevators, air conditioning and heating systems and, allocating additional space for expansion of bed space and future projects.

Contact: Matthew A. Stanley, 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) 273-5097, fax: (212) 273-5121.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Final EIS

New York City County - The NYC City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Special West Chelsea District Rezoning and High Line Open Space (N 050161 ZRM, C 050162 ZMM, C 050163 PCM , N 050161(A) ZRM, C 050162(A) ZMM). The action involves The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) proposing to rezone portions of the West Chelsea area in Manhattan Community District 4. The rezoning area is generally bounded by W. 30th Street, W. 17th Street, Tenth Avenue, and Eleventh Avenue (the rezoning area also includes the east side of Tenth Avenue between W. 16th and W. 18th Streets to a point 400 feet east of Tenth Avenue). The proposed action would change the existing M1-5 zoning district, mapped over much of the rezoning area, to C6-2, C6-3 and C6-4 zoning districts and the existing MX-3 zoning district (M1-5/R8-A and M1–5/R9A mixed-use districts), mapped between W. 22nd and W. 24th Streets, to C6-2A and C6-3A zoning districts. The existing M1-5 district would be retained in the midblocks between W. 20th and W. 22nd Streets and W. 24th and W. 27th Streets. The proposed action also includes zoning text amendments to Article IX (Special Purpose Districts) of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) pertaining to the establishment of the Special West Chelsea District. The proposed zoning map and text amendments would require approval by the City Planning Commission (CPC) and the City Council.

Also included in the proposed action is the acquisition and site selection action of the High Line to facilitate its conversion to a publicly accessible open space. This includes the High Line elevated structure extending from Eleventh Avenue and W. 30th Street to its southern terminus at Gansevoort Street. It also includes the Post Office spur north of W. 30th Street and east of Tenth Avenue. The entire length of the High Line open space would be publicly accessible. The section of the High Line west of Eleventh Avenue is not part of the proposed action. Accordingly, the proposed action area includes the rezoning area and the portion of the High Line that would be acquired by the City to facilitate its conversion to publicly accessible 6.7-acre open space. Regulations specific to the Special District would include: a mechanism to allow the transfer of floor area from lots occupied by the High Line and immediately to the west, to designated receiving sites for new residential and commercial development; special bulk controls to regulate the height and massing of buildings throughout the Special District; and a floor area bonus in exchange for providing access to and improvement of the High Line open space.

The creation of the proposed High Line publicly accessible open space and the use of zoning bonuses related to improvements of the High Line and the transfer of development rights from the High Line Transfer Corridor, included in the proposed action, are contingent on the City receiving a Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU) for the High Line. The CITU is necessary to allow the City to change the High Line to a non-railroad use as the federal government has jurisdiction over railroad corridors used for interstate commerce, including inactive lines such as the High Line [refer to 49 CFR § 1152.29(d)(1)]. In December, 2002, the City filed a request with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a CITU for the High Line, which was issued on June 13, 2005.

Copies of the Final Environmental Impact Statement may be obtained from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, New York 10007, Robert Dobruskin, Director (212) 720-3423; or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10038, Robert Kulikowski, Director, (212) 788-2937.

Contact: Glen A. Price, Studies Implementation Division, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3491, fax: (212) 720-3495.