Consolidated SPDES Renewals
New York City County - The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hudson River Park Segment 3 project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the renovation of Piers 25 and 26 for public recreation, as well as the construction of an ecological pier, an adjacent upland park and an educational and research center devoted to the Hudson River. The public facilities created would include habitat planting areas, boathouse and docking facilities, a restaurant, a childrenís playground, volleyball courts, basketball courts, open lawn, a miniature golf park, an informal athletic field and a skate park. These facilities would be linked by pathways, planted areas and a pedestrian esplanade. Segment 3 is located in New York City on the waterfront between Chambers Street and approximately Charlton Street on Manhattanís west side (excluding Pier 40).
Contact: Victor Gallo, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10006, Telephone Number: (212) 962-2300
New York City County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed First Avenue Properties Rezoning (ULURP Nos. Pending - CEQR No. 06DCP039M) may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves an application by East River Realty Company, LLC, (ERRC) for a zoning map amendment to change existing C1-9, M1-5 and M3-2 zoning districts to C4-6 and C5-2 zoning districts. The proposal also includes several zoning text amendments, special permits and certifications, described in greater detail below. The project area is generally bounded by First Avenue and the FDR Drive and East 35th and East 41st streets and is located within Community District 6, Manhattan.
A Positive Declaration was issued for the proposal on January 20, 2006. The public scoping meeting, which was previously scheduled for February 28, 2006, has been rescheduled for March 28, 2006. This Positive Declaration has been revised to note the new date and supercedes the earlier document.
The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop four parcels located at 616 First Avenue (Block 967, Lot 1), 685 First Avenue (Block 945, Lot 33) and 700 and 708 First Avenue/Waterside (Block 970, Lot 1). The development parcels contains an aggregate area of approximately 378,280 square feet.
The applicant intends to develop a total of 4,324,635 gross square feet (gsf) of residential use, 60,725 gsf of community facility use, 1,119,979 gsf of commercial office use, 40,433 gsf of retail use, and 721,018 gsf of below-grade space (which includes 314,460 gsf of parking, or 1,183 public spaces and 376 accessory spaces). The proposed development program also includes 149,863 sf (3.44 acres) of publicly accessible open space. The development parcels, previously owned by Con Edison, are presently vacant, with the exception of a parking lot and a decommissioned power generating plant (undergoing demolition). Some portions of the vacant sites are currently being used as support area in connection with ongoing demolition and remediation work.
On November 15, 2000, Con Edison entered into a contract of sale with ERRC for the transfer of its fee interest in the four parcels. The sale of the parcels required discretionary approval from the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) and, therefore, compliance with Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law, State Environmental Quality Review Act, and its implementing regulations (6 NYCRR Part 617) (SEQRA). On June 24, 2002, PSC, acting as the lead agency for the environmental review, accepted the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) as complete and issued it for public comment. Based on the comments received and announcements of other projects in the immediate area of the parcels, the PSC determined that additional environmental analysis would be necessary and prepared a Supplemental DGEIS. The Supplemental DGEIS was completed on May 23, 2003. On January 30, 2004, the PSC adopted and issued a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS), which incorporated the DGEIS and Supplemental DGEIS.
Because the applicantís development program may result in significant adverse environmental impacts not identified in the FGEIS, a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is being prepared. The SEIS will analyze the extent to which the proposed action could result in any significant adverse environmental impacts not previously identified in the FGEIS.
As noted above, the proposed action would change the existing C1-9, M1-5 and M3-2 zoning districts to C4-6 and C5-2 zoning districts. C1-9 zoning districts allow residential and commercial retail uses built to a maximum FAR of 12.0 (maximum FAR of 2.0 for commercial uses). M1-5 and M2-3 zoning districts allow manufacturing and some commercial uses built to FARs of 5 and 2, respectively. The proposed C4-6 and C5-2 zoning districts allow residential and commercial uses to a maximum FAR of 12 (residential use is allowed in mixed-use buildings in C5-2 districts only if the residential use is located above a commercial use).
In addition to the zoning map amendments, the proposed action includes zoning text changes, special permits and certifications, which are described in detail below.
The proposed action includes the following zoning text amendments to:
The proposed action includes the following special permits:
The proposed action includes the following ministerial certifications pursuant to:
The applicant intends to record a Restrictive Declaration that will contain provisions governing as-of-right development on the four parcels (under the proposed zoning map amendments), in the event that the General Large Scale Development Special Permit is not exercised. These provisions will:
In addition to the actions described above, the applicant is seeking modification to a previously approved New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) special permit authorizing development of a substation at 685 First Avenue. The modification of the special permit is required for new development at the site.
The proposal has an anticipated completion date of 2014. According to the EAS, absent the proposed action in 2014, conditions on the development parcels would remain the same as the existing conditions, with the exception of the ongoing demolition of the decommissioned Waterside power plant (which will occur in the absence of the proposed action).
Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423.
New York City (Bronx) County - The City of New York/Parks and Recreation, as lead agency has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Yankee Stadium. The action involves the proposed new Yankee Stadium to be constructed at East 161st Street; one block north and across the street from its current site (CEQR 05DPR006X). The proposed stadium would be built on land currently in recreational use: portions of Macombís Dam and John Mullaly Parks. East 162nd Street between Jerome and River Avenues would be demapped, mapped as parkland, and would be a part of the new stadium site. The proposed project would also add to and better consolidate the off-street parking inventory in the area, by constructing four new parking garages. Three of the garages would occupy existing parkland in portions of Macombís Dam and John Mullaly Parks. Two of theses garages would include recreational parkland on their roofs. This parkland would be accessible from street level at one of these garages. A fourth garage with frontage on River Avenue at East 151st Street would offer retail space at street level. The recreational facilities to be displaced by the construction of the proposed stadium and garages would be replaced as part of the proposed project with similar or improved facilities for active and passive recreation. New parkland and public open space would be created along the Harlem River waterfront, providing new public waterfront access. The site of the existing Yankee Stadium would be a major feature of the recreation plan, providing Heritage Field on the site of the existing Yankee Stadium playing field for the publicís use. Ruppert Place would also be demapped and reconfigured as part of the parkland provided south of the proposed stadium. Additionally, two small passive parks would be created at 157th Street and River Avenue.
In response to comments received on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement issued on September 23, 2005, an alternative park replacement plan was formulated and is analyzed in the Alternatives Chapter of the FEIS and is the preferred park plan.
Copies of the FEIS are available at 1) the Office of the Borough President located at 198 E. 161st Street, Second Floor, Bronx, New York, 10451 2) Community Board 4 at 1650 Selwyn Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10457 3) the High Bridge Branch of the New York Public Library, 78 West 168th Street, Bronx, New York, 10452 4) the Melrose Branch of the New York Public Library, 910 Morris Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10451 5) the Grand Concourse Branch of the New York Public Library, 155 East 173rd Street, Bronx, New York, 10457, and 6) at the lead agency through the contact information listed below.
Contact: Joshua Laird, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10021, phone: (212) 360-3402, fax: (212) 360-3453, Email:Joshua.Laird@parks.nyc.gov