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Brownfield Cleanup Program

Site Name: Waterpoint - Whitestone, New York
Site Address: 151-45 6th Road
Whitestone, New York 11357
County: Queens
Site No.: C241091
Requestor: 151-45 Sixth Road Whitestone Partners, LLC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) administers the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) pursuant to State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 27-1400 et seq. The BCP was created to encourage the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties known as brownfields. The requestor indicated above has submitted a BCP application for investigation of the site indicated above.

NYSDEC will accept public comments concerning the application. A copy of the application and other appropriate documents (application package) is available in the site document repository located at the address indicated below.

NYSDEC will review the application package and public comments received and then make a determination on the eligibility of the application.

Comments should be submitted by January 13, 2006 to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-7016
Attention: P. David Smith

Repository address:

Queens Library
Whitestone Branch
Nonyem Iloabachie
Branch Manager
151-10 14th Road
Whitestone, New York 11357

Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Brooklyn) County - The NYC City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Kedem Winery Redevelopment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the applicant, Rector Hylan Corporation, seeking the following discretionary approvals in connection with the proposed redevelopment of a property located at 420-430 Kent Avenue (Block 2128, Lots 5 and 25; Block 2134, Lots 48, 50, 56, and 250) in the South Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 1:

1) An amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation of a) a property owned by the applicant (Block 2128, Lots 5 and 25; Block 2134 Lots 50, 56, 250, p/o 48) from M3-1 and C4-3 to R7-3 and R7-3/C2-4; b) a property located adjacent to the applicantís property on the north (Block 2128, Lot 1) from C4-3 to R7-3; and c) city-owned properties (Block 2128, Lot 15; Block 2134, Lots 148, 156) consisting of lands underwater within the East River from M3-1 to R7-3.

2) A special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 62-736, "Bulk modifications on waterfront blocks" to permit the following modifications:

a) Section 62-341(a)(2) to waive the initial setback distances;

b) Section 62-341(c)(1) to allow for a maximum base height of 85 feet, which exceeds the permitted height of 65 feet;

c) Section 63-341(c)(2) to allow for a maximum building height of 245 feet for a proposed south tower, which exceeds the permitted height of 225 feet;

d) Section 63-341(c)(4) to allow for a 15,607 square foot floor plate for the north tower and a 12,745 square foot floor plate for the south tower, which exceeds the permitted maximum residential tower floor plate size of 8,100 square feet;

e) Section 63-341(c)(5) to fully waive the additional setback requirement of 150 feet;

f) Section 63-341(c)(6) to allow the shoreline facade of the north tower to extend for 101 feet and 6 inches, exceeding the maximum permitted frontage of 100 feet.

3) A Chairperson certification pursuant to ZR Section 62-711, "Waterfront public access and visual corridors" for compliance with waterfront public access and visual corridor requirements.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop a mixed residential development on the project site, an approximately 125,774 square foot parcel located on the waterfront between Broadway and South 9th Street. Current plans call for the development to contain up to 450 dwelling units, 26,413 square feet of neighborhood retail, 225 accessory parking spaces, and a .50-acre shore public walkway. The development would consist of two residential towers (north tower and south tower) which would be 18 stories (approximately 185 feet in height) and 24 stories (approximately 245 feet in height) respectively. The towers could contain a mix of 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom units. The commercial space would front on Kent Avenue and would be located on the ground level of both of the proposed towers. Parking would be provided beneath each building with separate access from Kent Avenue. A central driveway at South 8th Street would allow for vehicular drop-off and deliveries as well as provide an upland connection to the shore public walkway. The projectís south curb cut and corresponding driveway would be shared with the adjacent Schaefer Landing building, a recently completed residential development located at 460 Kent Avenue (Block 2134, Lot 36).

Although the applicant intends to construct a development with 450 dwelling units on the projects site, a development with more dwelling units could be built under the proposed zoning. The reasonable worst case development scenario (RWCDS) to be analyzed in the EIS assumes that 600 units could be constructed on the project site, which would be the maximum number of dwelling units that could be achieved on the site under the proposed zoning. The RWCDS would also include 300 parking spaces, 26,413 square feet of retail, and an 0.50 shore public walkway.

The project site is occupied by the former Royal Wine Company (also known as the Kedem Winery), which comprised three buildings that housed the companyís production and distribution operations. One of the former winery buildings is now occupied by the Zafir Jewish Center for Special Education, a yeshiva. A second winery building is currently vacant. The third building and a parking area are currently occupied by a warehouse company. All of the existing structures on the project site would be demolished and the site would be graded for new construction. Construction of the proposed project is expected to be completed in 2008.

The conditions are:

1. The applicant agrees via a restrictive declaration to prepare a hazardous materials sampling protocol including a health and safety plan, which would be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for approval. The applicant agrees to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocol and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous material remediation plan including a health and safety plan to DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plan. With the implementation of the condition described above, no significant adverse impact related to hazardous materials would occur.

2. The applicant agrees via a restrictive declaration to fund the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Kent Avenue and Division Avenue, if determined to be warranted by the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), upon completion of construction of the project. With the implementation of this condition, no significant adverse traffic impacts would result from the proposed project.

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.