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Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City (Bronx) County - The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan Amendment may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on January 9, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. at the Lincoln Hospital, Conference Room 3, located at 234 East 149 Street, at the corner formed by East 149th Street and Morris Avenue, The Bronx, New York. The action involves a proposed amendment to the referenced Urban Renewal Plan including, but not limited to, building heights, placement of curb cuts and modification of land use within the Urban Renewal Area, which will enable the development of: Boricua College and the Boricua Village residential development including up to approximately 754 affordable housing units, 46,000 square feet of retail space and a 120,000-square-foot college on Urban Renewal (UR) Sites 48, 49, 59 and 60 in the northeast corner of the UR area. The development is proposed to include approximately eight, 4- to 13-story, residential buildings and one 14-story building to house the Bronx campus of Boricua College. It would also include open space that would be publicly-accessible and 150 (approx.) accessory parking spaces; Courtlandt Corners North and South, a mixed-use development of up to approximately 407 affordable housing units, 25,900 square feet of retail space, and 5,000 square feet of public open space. Courtlandt Corners North is proposed for UR Sites 56 and 57and also for two sites which are not UR sites-- Block 2408, Lots 2 and 5. Courtlandt Corners South is proposed for UR Sites 45 and 46; other developments made possible through the above-referenced modification of the Urban Renewal Plan.

The Urban Renewal Area is located in the Bronx, City of New York, and is generally bounded by East 163rd Street to the north; Third and St. Ann's Avenues to the east; East 156th, East 157th, and East 158th Streets and Courtlandt Avenue to the south; and Park Avenue, East 162nd Street and Courtlandt Avenue to the west.

Contact: John E. Gearrity, NYC Department of Housing Preservation, Env. Planning, 100 Gold Street, New York, NY 10038, phone: (212) 863-8052, fax: (212) 863-7988, e-mail:gearritj@hpd.nyc.gov.