ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Completed Applications
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Negative Declaration

New York City County - The NYC City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Madison Park West will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the applicant, 200 Fifth, LLC, requesting an amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation of an approximately 47,797 square foot area on a portion of two blocks bounded by West 23rd and West 25th Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues (Block 825, Lots 29 and 31; and Block 826, Lots 33, 37 and 46) from M1-6 to C5-2 in the Flatiron District neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 5. A portion of the proposed rezoning area is located in the Ladies Mile Historic District, a designated New York City Historic District.

The project site consists of four properties under the control of the applicant – 200 Fifth Avenue (Block 825, Lot 31), 23 West 23rd Street, (Block 825, Lot 29), 1107 Broadway (Block 826, Lot 37), and 7 West 24th Street (Block 826, Lot 33). The eastern portions of the applicant’s properties are currently located in a C5-2 district and the proposed action would shift the C5-2 district boundary line to 275 feet west of Fifth Avenue to cover the entire project site.

The 200 Fifth Avenue property, which occupies the entire block front between West 23rd and West 24th Streets, is developed with a 14-story office building with ground floor retail, and is located within the Ladies Mile Historic District. 1107 Broadway occupies the northwest corner of Broadway and West 24th Street and is developed with a 16-story office building with ground floor retail. These two buildings are connected via an upper level bridge, and are collectively know as the International Toy Center (ITC), a wholesale market for the Children’s Entertainment and Seasonal Products industry. The ITC provides permanent showroom space, temporary exhibit space, and hosts trade shows and conferences for the toy industry.

The proposed rezoning would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to convert the existing buildings at 200 Fifth Avenue and 1107 Broadway to residential use with ground floor retail. The applicant would also build a two-story addition on the roof of 200 Fifth Avenue and a six-story addition on the roof of 1107 Broadway. Because the 200 Fifth Avenue building is located in the Ladies Mile Historic District, any exterior changes to the building would require a Certificate of Appropriateness from the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC). The building at 1107 Broadway is not located within the historic district and, therefore, exterior changes to this building would not require LPC review and approval. The proposed project would contain a total of 1,085 residential units. In addition to the proposed rezoning, the applicant is requesting a special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Sections 13-562 and 74-52 for a 54-space public parking garage to be located in the basement of 1107 Broadway. Access to the garage would be provided through the ground floor of the building at 7 West 24th Street. No changes would occur to the building at 23 West 23rd street. Construction of the proposed project is expected to be completed in December of 2007.

The proposed rezoning could also facilitate the conversion of a portion of an existing 12-story, loft-style office building located at 1115 Broadway (Block 826, Lot 46), which is not under the applicant’s control, to residential use. A portion of the building is located within the proposed rezoning area and could be converted to contain approximately 143 apartments.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, New York NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423, email:rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


New York City (Brooklyn) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Park Slope Armory Drill Floor Conversion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the conversion of the existing drill floor within the Park Slope Armory (also known as the Fourteenth Regiment Armory) into an approximately 55,000 square foot indoor multipurpose athletic and recreation center. On behalf of the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) would provide capital funding for this project’s design and construction from DOE’s Five-Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2009.

The Park Slope Armory is an approximately 110,000 square foot building located on 8th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn (Block 1102, Lot 12). The building and property are owned by the City of New York, and the garrison portion of the building is currently used and occupied by a 70-bed shelter for homeless women and the Park Slope Veterans’ Center. The proposed project would not affect or displace those uses, which would remain in their current location.

The Park Slope Armory is Listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and has also been designated as a New York City Landmark. The proposed project would primarily involve interior renovations. Exterior work involving the replacement of existing doors, installation of new doors and steps, and installation of rooftop mechanical equipment has been reviewed and approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The proposed project would involve the renovation of the Armory’s existing drill floor, which is currently used for parking of a small number of vehicles and facility trash storage, into an indoor athletic facility which would accommodate track and field, and other sports activities. The renovated drill floor would be available for use by Department of Education organizations during the school day, and by the broader community outside of school hours. Renovation activities are expected to begin in late 2005, with completion expected in 2007.

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.


New York City (Staten Island) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gateway Cathedral Expansion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the applicant, Gateway Cathedral, is requesting the following actions in connection with the proposed expansion of Gateway Cathedral, located at 200 Boscombe Avenue (Block 7577, Lot 3):

The project site is located in an R3-2 zoning district in the Special South Richmond Development District in Staten Island Community Board 3. It is bounded by Boscombe Avenue to the north, Weiner Avenue to the east, Richmond Valley Road to the south, and Madsen Avenue to the west. The site is accessed by two curb cuts on Boscombe Avenue and one on Richmond Valley Road. The project site is 22.51 acres in size and is currently improved with a church with a seating capacity of 1,204, an 18,120 square foot school facility, and accessory parking for 225 vehicles.

The proposed project would include an expansion of the church by 2,250 seats to 3,454 seats, an expansion of the parking lot from 225 spaces to 941 spaces, a new recreational field, a memorial garden, a new entry plaza; and additional classroom and school facilities. The authorizations are required for the proposed church and parking lot expansion, recreational field, memorial garden, and entry plaza. The school expansion is as-of-right and does not require any approvals. Additionally, as a part of the proposed project, traffic signal timing at the intersections of Page Avenue and Richmond Valley Road and Page Avenue and Amboy Road would be modified as required by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). The applicant would also notify DOT within six months of the completion of construction for the possible modification of the signal timing at traffic signals located at both drives onto the property along Boscombe Avenue. The applicant would also re-stripe the western most facility driveway on Boscombe Avenue to provide a single fifteen foot wide ingress and two eleven foot wide egress lanes. It is expected that the expansion will be completed in December 2006.

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 (Staten Island) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed New, Approximately 822-Seat Primary/Intermediate School Facility, Staten Island. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on Monday, December 5, 2005, at 3:30 p.m. at P.S. 44, located at 80 Maple Parkway, Staten Island. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until until December 15, 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, approximately 822-seat primary/intermediate school facility and associated recreational facilities in the Graniteville section of Staten Island.

The proposed new facility would be built on an approximately 92,580 square foot site located on the western portion of the block bounded by Regis Drive to the north, Elson Court to the east, Jules Drive and Goethals Road North to the south, and Farragut Avenue to the west (Block 1653, Lot 1). The site is owned by the City of New York and is under the control of the DOE. The site is currently occupied by a one-story public school annex building, which was originally constructed as a temporary facility in the 1970s. This building would be demolished and replaced by the proposed new school facility.

The proposed facility would be located within the boundaries of DOE Region No. 7/Community School District No. 31, and would serve children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, along with District 75 special education students. The purpose of this project is to provide additional permanent public school capacity in District No. 31 to relieve the overcrowding of existing facilities within the district, and also to accommodate projected enrollment increases.

According to preliminary design plans, the proposed new school facility would contain up to approximately 105,942 square feet within a four-story structure. The building would contain classrooms, administrative space, library, auditorium, kitchen/dining area, and gymnasium. The project would also include a play area located on the southern and eastern portions of the site, adjacent to Jennifer’s Playground, which is an approximately 1.6-acre playground operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The school building’s main entrance would be located on Regis Drive, along which the site possesses approximately 350 feet of street frontage.

The SCA would begin construction of the facility in 2006, with student occupancy of the building expected to begin in September 2008. The proposed project would be undertaken pursuant to DOE’s Five-Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2009.

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.