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New York City County - The NYC City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Tribeca North Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the applicant, Truffles LLC, proposes an amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation of a four block area from M1-5 to C6-3A and C6-2A in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan Community Board 1. The proposed rezoning area is bounded by Route 9A/West Street on the west, Hubert Street on the south, Washington Street on the east, and Watts Street on the north (Block 217, Lots 1 and 1001-1033; Block 218, Lots 14, 18, 20, 23, 24 and 28; Block 223, Lots 3, 5, 7, 9, 11-13, 15, 18 and 20; Block 224, Lots 1, 3, 7, 8, 13 and 16) and is located within Area B2 of the Special Tribeca Mixed Use District. The southern portion of the proposed rezoning area is located within the Tribeca North Historic District, a designated New York City Historic District. The applicant is also proposing a zoning text amendment to establish a new Area A4 within the Special Tribeca Mixed Use District, and to amend Zoning Resolution (ZR) Sections 111-102, 111-103 and 111-104 to establish use and bulk regulations for area A4. In addition, the applicant is seeking a special permit pursuant to ZR Sections 13-562 and 74-52 to permit a 180-space public parking garage in connection with a proposed residential building.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop a residential building occupying the entire block bounded by West, Washington, Desbrosses and Watts Streets (Block 224, Lots 1, 3, 7, 8, 13 and 16). The residential building would be developed in accordance with the proposed zoning map and text amendments, and would contain a 180-space public parking garage subject to the proposed special permit. The proposed public parking garage would be on the cellar level of the building and ingress and egress would be provided on Desbrosses Street. Under the Reasonable Worst Case Development Scenario (RWCDS) for the proposed action, the site would be developed with an approximately 262,095 gross square foot (gsf) residential building consisting of 308 residential units and a maximum height of 160 feet.

Under the RWCDS, new residential development is projected on two other sites within the proposed rezoning area. A 236,904 gsf residential building containing 279 dwelling units could be developed on a site located at 264-271 West Street/58-74 Vestry Street (Block 223, Lots 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15 and 20), and a 25,068 gsf residential building containing 29 dwelling units could be developed on a site located at 414 Washington Street (Block 218, Lot 14), at the northeast corner of Laight and Washington Streets. Also, the RWCDS projects that the existing residential building located at 428 Washington Street (Block 223, Lot 18) would be enlarged with an additional 7 dwelling units. In total, development under the proposed action would be expected to result in 623 dwelling units in the rezoning area.

Due to the potential presence of hazardous materials on the two properties owned by the applicant -- the full block property bounded by West, Washington, Desbrosses and Watts Streets Block 224, Lots 1, 3, 7, 8, 13 and 16) and 264-271 West Street/58-74 Vestry Street (Block 223, Lots 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15 and 20) -- the applicant has agreed via restrictive declarations to prepare hazardous materials sampling protocols including health and safety plans, which would be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for approval.

The applicant has agreed to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocols and, if any such impacts are found, submit hazardous material remediation plans including health and safety plans to DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plans.

The restrictive declarations also restrict the manner in which the properties may be developed or redeveloped, by requiring the sampling protocols and remediation measures to serve as a condition precedent to any change of use in any such development or redevelopment of the properties.

The declarations would serve as a mechanism to assure that the potential for hazardous materials contamination would be characterized prior to any site disturbance (i.e. site grading, excavation, demolition, or building construction) and is binding upon the propertiesís successors and assigns.

In addition, to avoid the potential for hazardous materials impacts on the properties located at 414 Washington Street (Block 218, Lot 14) and 428 Washington Street (Block 223, Lot 18), which are not owned by the applicant, (E) designations for hazardous materials will be mapped on these properties (Block 218, Lot 14; Block 223, Lot 18) as part of the proposed rezoning.

The (E) designations would ensure that sampling and remediation take place on the subject properties, and would avoid any significant impacts related to hazardous materials at these locations. The (E) designations would require that the fee owner of the sites conduct a testing and sampling protocol, and remediation where appropriate, to the satisfaction of the NYCDEP before the issuance of a building permit by the Department of Buildings pursuant to the provisions of Section 11-15 of the Zoning Resolution (Environmental Requirements). The (E) designations also include a mandatory construction-related health and safety plan which must be approved by NYCDEP.

To avoid any potential impacts associated with noise, as part of the proposed rezoning, the following (E) designation for noise will be placed on the full block property bounded by West, Washington, Desbrosses and Watts Streets (Block 224, Lots 1, 3, 7, 8, 13 and 16) and the property located at 264-271 West Street/58-74 Vestry Street (Block 223, Lots 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15 and 20):

In order to ensure an acceptable interior noise environment, future residential uses must provide a closed window condition with a minimum of 45 dB(A) window/wall attenuation in order to maintain an interior noise level of 45 dB(A). In order to maintain a closed-window condition, an alternate means of ventilation would also have to be provided. Alternate means of ventilation would include, but would not be limited to, central air conditioning or air conditioning sleeves containing air conditioners or HUD-approved fans.

In addition to the above (E) designation, to avoid any potential impacts associated with noise at the property located at 414 Washington Street (Block 218, Lot 14), the following (E) designation for noise will be placed on this property:

In order to ensure an acceptable interior noise environment, future residential uses must provide a closed window condition with a minimum of 30 dB(A) window/wall attenuation in order to maintain an interior noise level of 45 dB(A). In order to maintain a closed-window condition, an alternate means of ventilation would also have to be provided. Alternate means of ventilation would include, but would not be limited to, central air conditioning or air conditioning sleeves containing air conditioners or HUD-approved fans.

The (E) designations for noise on the above properties will ensure that the proposed action would not result in significant adverse impacts due to noise.

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


New York City County - The NYC DEP, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed North River Water Pollution Control Plant Emergency Generator Reliability Improvements will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves installing a new 2000 kW/2500 kVA (0.8 power factor) trailer mounted diesel generator to be located inside the North River WPCP. The mobile generator package is a self-contained transportable module containing all necessary items for a complete operating generator system. This work would include minimal electrical modifications to allow for code compliant quick connection of the mobile generator. The proposed unit would require ultra low sulfur diesel fuel oil, electrical service power connections and output power connections to make it functional. It would be rated at 2000 kW standby and operates at a voltage of 4160 VAC, 3 phase, 3 wire, 60 Hz. Exhaust piping would be extended approximately 70 feet to the building exterior. It would also include sound attenuation, an insulated critical grade exhaust silencer and an oxidation catalytic converter-silencer. The generator would be operated during an emergency black-out situation and periodically for testing purposes. The project is located at 725 West 135th Street, West of the Henry Hudson Parkway, in Manhattan.

Contact: Darryl H. Cabbagestalk, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor City: Flushing State: New York Zip: 11373, phone: (718) 595-4451, fax: (718) 595-4479, e-mail: dcabbagestalk@dep.nyc.gov.