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New York (Queens) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Silvercup West (CEQR No. 05DCP080Q - ULURP Nos. 060323 ZMQ, 060324 ZRQ, 060325 ZSQ, 060326 ZSQ, 060327 ZSQ, N060328 ZAQ, N060330ZCQ). A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on May 24, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at the City of New York Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York. Comments are requested on the DEIS and will be accepted until ten days after the close of the public hearing. Copies of the DEIS may be obtained from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, NY 10007, Robert Dobruskin, Director (212) 720-3423; or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038, Robert Kulikowski, Ph.D., Director (212) 788-2924. The action involves a proposal by Terra Cotta, LLC to develop "Silvercup West", an approximately 2.77 million gross square foot (gsf) mixed-use development on an approximately 6-acre waterfront site (the project site) located at 42-20 Vernon Boulevard (Block 477, Lots 13, 15, 20 and 24) in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens Community Board 2. The project site is generally bounded by the Queensboro Bridge to the north, Vernon Boulevard to the east, 43rd Avenue to the south, and the East River to the west, and is located within the area covered by the Waterfront Access Plan (WAP) Q-1 for Northern Hunters Point. The proposed development would be comprised of the following uses:

The proposed project would contain three towers. Two residential towers at the southern portion of the building would be 517 feet and 600 feet in height, respectively, and a commercial tower at the northern portion of the building would be 557 feet in height. The project would also include a 1,400-space accessory parking garage with access provided by two driveways on Vernon Boulevard. Also, the portion of 43rd Avenue along the southern portion of the project site, between Vernon Boulevard and the East River, which is a mapped but currently unimproved street, would be re-graded and improved as part of the proposed project, and the East River bulkhead would be reestablished along the project site’s western boundary. The proposed project would provide a publicly accessible waterfront esplanade between the project site’s western boundary and the East River and an upland connection along the project site’s northern boundary. The development requires the following actions:

The project site is currently occupied by a New York Power Authority (NYPA) power generating facility and a New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) open storage pile of de-icing salt and sand, both of which would be relocated from the site prior to construction of the proposed project. The site also contains the Terra Cotta Company building (Lot 20), which is a New York City designated landmark and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. This building is currently being renovated and would be retained as part of the proposed project. Construction of the proposed project is expected to be completed by 2009.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, 1W, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423

New York City County - The New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development Corporation, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Farley Post Office Moynihan Station Redevelopment Project. A public hearing will be held on May 31, 2006, at 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the James A. Farley Post Office Building, entrance located at 380 West 33rd Street, Room 4500, New York, NY. The public comment period ends June 30, 2006. The action involves the conversion of a portion of the Farley Building into a rail passenger terminal (the Moynihan Station Project); the redevelopment of approximately 1.1million square feet of the Farley Complex through a lease to a private developer; sublease to the United States Postal Service for its continued operational needs; and an option to the selected developer to utilize up to approximately 1 million additional square feet of unused development rights that could be used to construct a commercial, residential, or mixed-use building over the Western Annex or could be used at an off-site parcel at the northeast corner of Eighth Avenue and West 33rd Street. he James A. Farley Building and the Western Annex (collectively referred to as the Farley Complex) occupies the superblock over the Pennsylvania Station rail yard between Eighth and Ninth Avenues from West 31st to West 33rd Streets in Manhattan.

Contact: Rachel Shatz, Planning & Environmental Review, Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, phone: (212)803-3252, fax: (212)803-3855, e-mail:rshatz@empire.state.ny.us.