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Notice of Termination of Environmental Impact Statement for the Comprehensive Port Improvement Plan

DEC Region: 2

County: New York

The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), as state co-lead agency is canceling the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Comprehensive Port Improvement Plan (CPIP). As originally planned, the CPIP and CPIP-EIS for the Port of New York and New Jersey would define economically viable and environmentally sound Port facilities and associated transportation network improvement initiatives to the year 2060; consider separate, ongoing, and planned environmental enhancements to natural resources of the Port and associated transportation network; incorporate Green Port principles to the maximum extent practicable; and evaluate, avoid, minimize and mitigate adverse environmental effects. ESDC published a Notice of Positive Declaration and Public Scoping for the CPIP in the ENB on December 3, 2003, and conducted several public scoping meetings in December 2003 and January 2004.

The CPIP presents an array of conceptual long-term port improvement scenarios, some of which would involve future federal, state and/or local actions were they to be advanced to the status of a real project. Given the considerable time period before the conceptual improvements identified in the CPIP-Plan become actual proposed projects with sponsors and the absence of any potential New York State actions at this time, a detailed environmental review and analysis, as conducted in an EIS, is not warranted at this time. As a result ESDC is canceling the CPIP-EIS process.

Contact: Soo Kang, Senior Planner, Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, phone: (212) 803-3253.


Rescoping Meeting

New York City (Queens) County - This is the revised Draft Scope of Work to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Downtown Jamaica Redevelopment Plan (the “proposed action”). A draft scope for the proposed action was issued on May 20, 2005 and a public scoping meeting for the proposed action was held on June 23, 2005 at the York College Atrium located at 94-30 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. Subsequently, changes have been made to the proposed action in response resulting in an increase in the proposed floor area ratio on a number of sites and additional actions have been proposed to comments received at the scoping meeting and comment period. These changes include a clarification of the proposed zoning text, resulting in an increase in the floor area ratio on a number of blocks and a decrease in floor area ratio facilitate developments on a number of other blocks, and two actions that would allow for specific development on two sites including a commercial development in the entirety of Block 9999 and the disposition by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of interest in real property for Block 10209, Lot 115 for future commercial development. The Department of City Planning has therefore determined the need to rescope the proposed action. This rescoping meeting would provide the public opportunity to comment on the revised proposed action. A rescoping meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 at 4:00 PM at York College (in the York College Performing Arts Center) at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens.

The proposed Downtown Jamaica Redevelopment Plan is located in Queens Community Districts 8 and 12 (see Figures 1A and 1B) and the communities of Jamaica, South Jamaica, Hollis, and St. Albans. The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) has determined that an EIS for the proposed action will be prepared pursuant to New York City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) with DCP as lead agency. The proposed action comprises zoning map amendments, a zoning text amendment to establish the Downtown Jamaica Special District (DJSD), an amendment to the City Map involving the elimination of a portion of a street and acquisition or disposition of real property related thereto, and Urban Renewal Area Designation. The actions would potentially facilitate the disposition to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of the City’s interest in real property for Block 10209, Lot 115, and other existing City-owned property or property that will become City-owned that is located within the boundaries of the proposed Jamaica Gateway Urban Renewal Area. This document provides a description of the proposed action, how it differs from the proposed action as described in the May 20, 2005 Draft Scope of Work, the projected development scenario, and task categories for all technical areas to be analyzed in the EIS.

Contact: Katherine Bucke, The Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Rm. 4E, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3493, fax: (212) 720-3495, email: kbucke@planning.nyc.gov.


Negative Declaration

New York City (Brooklyn) County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Sheepshead Bay Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Department of City Planning proposing to rezone portions of eight (8) blocks in the south Brooklyn neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach in Community District 15. The rezoning area is generally bounded by East 27th Street on the east, Emmons Avenue on the south, Shore Parkway on the north and the mid-block east of Ford Street on the east. A portion of the rezoning area is located within the Special Sheepshead Bay District (SSBD).

Portions of five blocks north of Emmons Avenue between Nostrand Avenue and the mid-block east of Ford Street would be rezoned from R5 and R5/C2-2(SSBD) to R4-1. A portion of one block north of Emmons Avenue between East 28th Street and East 29th Street would be rezoned from R5 (SSBD) to R4B. A portion of two blocks north of Emmons Avenue between East 29th Street and Haring Street would be rezoned from R5 and R5(SSBD) to R4-1 and R4B. The proposed action will limit new development to housing types that correspond to the neighborhood’s residential context and built form without precluding future development opportunities.

This zoning proposal responds to a request from the Sheepshead Bay Plumb Beach Civic Association and Community Board 15 for low density contextual zoning in the Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach community. An overwhelming majority of residences in the rezoning area are one-and two-family detached and semi-detached homes. However, the existing R5 zoning permits multi-family structures that could, over time, result in a substantial change in the neighborhood’s character. The proposed R4-1 and R4B zoning would preserve the existing neighborhood context.

The proposed action is not expected to have a substantial effect on the amount of new construction in the foreseeable future. It would neither induce nor preclude new development, but rather it would ensure that new construction and development would occur in a manner that reflects the existing low-scale character of the area.

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


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City County - The City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Manhattanville in West Harlem Rezoning and Academic Mixed-Use Development may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. to approximately 8:00 p.m., and will be held at I.S. 195, 625 West 133rd Street, between Broadway and Twelfth Avenue, New York, New York 10027. Written comments will be accepted by the lead agency until November 28, 2005. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment 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, Ph.D., Director (212) 788-2937. The action involves Columbia University proposing the Manhattanville in West Harlem Rezoning and Academic Mixed-Use Development project for an approximately 35-acre area (the "Project Area") in the Manhattanville section of West Harlem in Manhattan Community District 9. The Project Area is roughly bounded by the Hudson River to the west, West 133rd and West 135th Streets to the north, Broadway to the east, including several parcels located east of Broadway between West 131st and West 135th Streets, and West 125th Street and St. Claire Place to the south. The proposed action would amend the zoning map from M1-1, M1-2, M2-3, and M3-1 to M1-1, R8A, R8A with a C1-4 overlay, and C6-2 and establish a new Special Manhattanville Mixed-Use Zoning District in the Project Area.

The proposed action is intended to facilitate a proposal by Columbia to develop approximately 6.8 million gross square feet of new academic facilities and related uses over a 25-year period as part of an Academic Mixed-Use Development plan to meet its need for long-term growth and modernization. The Academic Mixed-Use Area is an approximately 17 acre area generally located between Broadway and Twelfth Avenue, from West 125th Street to West 133rd Street, including several parcels located east of Broadway between West 131st and West 134th Streets. The rezoning could also result in additional development on numerous sites within the Project Area that are not within the Academic Mixed-Use Area. In addition to the rezoning, implementation of the Academic Mixed-Use Development plan would require the adoption of a General Project Plan for the Academic Mixed-Use Area by the New York State Urban Development Corporation doing business as the ESDC.

Contact: Brad Kieves, NYC Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007, phone: (212) 720-3417, e-mail: bkieves@planning.nyc.gov.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

New York City (Bronx) County - The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed new Yankee Stadium to be constructed at East 161st Street; one block north and across the street from its current site (CEQR 05DPR006X). The proposed stadium would be built on land currently in recreational use: portions of Macomb’s Dam and John Mullaly Parks. East 162nd Street between Jerome and River Avenues would be demapped, mapped as parkland, and would be a part of the new stadium site. The proposed project would also add to and better consolidate the off-street parking inventory in the area, by constructing four new parking garages. Three of the garages would occupy existing parkland in portions of Macomb’s Dam and John Mullaly Parks. Two of theses garages would include recreational parkland on their roofs. This parkland would be accessible from street level at one of these garages. A fourth garage with frontage on River Avenue at East 151st Street would offer retail space at street level. The recreational facilities to be displaced by the construction of the proposed stadium and garages would be replaced as part of the proposed project with similar or improved facilities for active and passive recreation. New parkland and public open space would be created along the Harlem River waterfront, providing new public waterfront access. The site of the existing Yankee Stadium would be a major feature of the recreation plan, providing Heritage Field on the site of the existing Yankee Stadium playing field for the public’s use. Ruppert Place would also be demapped and reconfigured as part of the parkland provided south of the proposed stadium. Additionally, two small passive parks would be created at 157th Street and River Avenue. The project area is generally bounded by East 164th Street, East 151st Street, East 157th Street, River Avenue, and the Harlem River.

A public hearing on the DEIS will be held in conjunction with the City Planning Commission’s public hearing pursuant to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Written comments on the DEIS will be accepted until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing. Subsequent notice will be given as to the time and place of the public hearing and the close of the public comment period. The DEIS will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Bronx Borough President, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY and at www. http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/nyy_stadium/html/nyy_redevelopment.html.

Contact: Joshua Laird, City of New York/Parks and Recreation, The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021, phone: (212) 360-3402, fax: (212) 360-3453.