ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Availability of Remedial Action Work Plan for Comment

Site Name: Queens West Development - Stage 2
Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Site Number: VCP No. V00505

Site Location and Background – The entire QWD-Stage 2 Site consists of approximately 21 acres bounded by the 11th Street Basin on the north, 5th Street on the east, 47th Road on the south, and the East River on the west. The Site is divided into four parts called Operable Units. Remedial Action Work Plans have been prepared and submitted to the NYSDEC for OU-1 and OU-2, which consist of approximately 10 acres located within the southern half of the Site.

The entire Site was part of the Hunter family farm in the early 1800s and by the 1850s was developed for industrial uses. An oil refinery operated on the northern part of the Site until 1937, when PepsiCo acquired the property for soft drink bottling and distribution. At the south end of the Site, various manufacturing businesses operated until 2003. Former buildings have been demolished and following completion of the remedial actions described below, development has partially begun on the southern part of the Site (a high-rise residential building) and the waterfront areas (bulkhead replacement).

Summary of remedial action work plans – The RWAP for Operable Units 1 and 2 (OU-1 and OU-2) now available for public comment. These plans describe remedial measures and site management required to assure long-term controls for residual contamination remaining after remedial construction is complete in addition to remedial actions already conducted under the Interim Remediation Measures Work Plan (IRMWP) approved last year. Development activities will include new buildings, roads, utilities and landscaped areas. Buildings will be constructed with sub-slab ventilation systems to prevent the possibility of soil vapor from entering the buildings in the future. Roads and utility corridors will be backfilled with at least two feet of clean fill and paving. Landscaped areas will have at least two feet of clean fill. Deed restrictions, incorporating a Site Management Plan (SMP), will be filed. The SMP will specify procedures for soil management, groundwater monitoring, sub-slab ventilation systems and annual certifications to insure that engineering and institutional controls continue to protect public health and the environment.

Interim Remedial Action Completed – Under the terms of Voluntary Cleanup Agreements entered into under the VCP, NYSDEC approved an IRMWP for OU-1 and OU-2 and waterfront areas in August 2004, following a public comment period. Under the IRMWP, environmental investigations were performed and the results were reported to the NYSDEC in Site Investigation and Design Reports (SIDRs), which can be reviewed in the document repositories described on the left hand side of this page. Remediation performed under the IRMWP included excavation and off-Site treatment and/or disposal of approximately 80,000 tons of impacted soil, underground storage tank removals, decommissioning and removal of historic subterranean refinery systems, and monitoring of post-remediation soil, groundwater and soil gas conditions. Remediation proposed for OU-1 and OU-2 in the IRMWP is essentially completed.

Public comment period: NYSDEC will accept public comments concerning the Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP) until November 30, 2005. Copies of the RAWP and other appropriate documents are available in the site document repositories located at the addresses listed below. NYSDEC will review the RAWP and public comments received and then make a determination on approval of the RAWP.

Contact: Shaminder Chawla, Project Manager, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, phone: (718) 482-4897, email: spsingh@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Document Repositories:
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) 482-4897

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 County - The NYC City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 27 West 19th Street EAS (CEQR No. 05DCP079M, ULURP No. 060111 ZSM) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an application by 27 West 19th Street LLC, for a Special Permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-712 to modify certain bulk regulations in connection with a proposed residential development located within the Ladies' Mile Historic District.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct a 150-foot high, 25,550 gross square foot residential building containing up to 21 dwelling units on a 2,300 square-foot site located at 27 West 19th Street (Block 821, Lot 24) in the Flatiron neighborhood of Community District 5, Manhattan. The project site is zoned C6-4A and is located within the Ladies' Mile Historic District. It is currently occupied by a public parking lot with a licensed capacity of 18 spaces.

The bulk modifications sought under the special permit would allow the proposed building to have a 150-foot street wall rather than a 60-foot street wall; to provide a 26-foot, 8-inch, rather than a 30-foot rear yard; to locate legally required windows on the rear of the proposed building 26 feet, 8 inches from the rear lot line rather than 30 feet from the lot line; and to not provide a rear setback of ten feet above a height of 125 feet. Development of the proposed building is expected to be completed by 2007.

Because the project site is located within a Historic District, any new development on it is subject to approval by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). The LPC issued a Certificate of Appropriateness for the proposed building on May 5, 2005.

Contact: Patrick Blanchfield, New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street - Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3346, fax: (212) 720-3495.


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City (Queens) County - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Long Island Jewish Medical Center - Modernization Program may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the Draft Scoping Document 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 Scoping Meeting. A public scoping meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2005 in The Phyllis and Joseph Gurwin Teaching and Conference Center, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 270-05 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, New York (entrance to the left of the main hospital building). A copy of the Draft Scoping Document can be obtained via a written request to the contact person or at the public scoping meeting. The action involves DASNY’s authorization of the issuance of tax-exempt bonds in one or more series or subseries pursuant to DASNY’s Hospitals Program on behalf of NSLIJ. The proceeds of the bond issuance will finance the projects described below. Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s 48-acre campus contains 829 beds and is composed of three constituent entities: Long Island Jewish Hospital, Schneider Children’s Hospital and Hillside Hospital. The campus is located in the Glen Oaks/New Hyde Park area of Queens and Nassau Counties, New York.

More specifically, the proposed project includes the following elements:

New Women’s Hospital. This element of the Project involves the creation of a Woman's Hospital through the demolition of the current Finkelstein Pavilion (Staff Residence) and the extensive renovation and addition to the current Cancer Care (Oncology Institute). This renovation and expansion will result in the addition of approximately 72,440 gsf of space to the existing 35,560-gsf facility. The program will include 72 replacement beds. The footprint of the addition will be 7,260 gsf and the footprint of the building demolished is 4,160 gsf which results in a net addition of 3,100 gsf. This additional coverage would eliminate the overall reduction in site coverage and make all of the above projects site coverage neutral.

New Parking Garage. Concurrent with the proposed project, LIJMC will construct a new parking garage with 1,600 attended parking spaces within an approximately 103,000-gsf building. The new parking garage, to be financed privately, was the subject of a previous City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) by the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (CEQR #03-BSA-114Q) which resulted in a CEQR Negative Declaration Determination of Nonsignificance on December 9, 2003.

Existing Obstetrical Service Decanting. Phase II of the Project also includes the decanting of the existing obstetrical service (pre and postpartum beds and labor and delivery service) into the new Woman’s Hospital.

Modernization Program – Phase III

New Bed Tower. The construction of a new bed tower to include approximately 176,000 gsf , 64 new beds, and ancillary uses and two shell floors.

Construction of the proposed project would commence in 2006 and be completed in 2010. Certificate of Need (CON) applications for the respective components of the Modernization Program have been or will be submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). Upon full implementation of the proposed project, the total bed complement at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center will increase by 104 beds from 829 beds to 933 beds.

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.