Consolidated SPDES Renewals
New York City (Brooklyn) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Achievement First Endeavor Charter School New Charter School Facility containing approximately 688 seats 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. In response to the Charter Facilities Matching Grant Program offered by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and SCA, Civic Builders (Applicant) proposes to obtain capital funding from the DOE for the acquisition and renovation of a light industrial building located in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. The proposed facility would provide capacity for approximately 688 students from kindergarten through eighth grade, and would be occupied by the Achievement First Endeavor Charter School.
The proposed site is an approximately 17,750 square foot parcel of land located on the west side of Waverly Avenue between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue (Block 2011, Lot 39). The site contains an approximately 80,000 square foot building consisting of a six-story structure on the northern portion of the site as well as a three-story addition located on the southern portion of the site. The building is currently occupied by two businesses: Business Relocation Services, which provides warehousing and moving services, and, Kibawi's Leather Studio. The current building occupants would vacate the building prior to the Applicant's acquisition of the property.
The proposed project would provide additional permanent school capacity at the primary and intermediate levels in Fort Greene and its surrounding neighborhoods, which are generally located within DOE Region No. 8/Community School District No. 13. Further, the proposed facility would anchor a "best of breed" educator within a school district that currently ranks twentieth out of the City's 32 districts in terms of performance on English and Math tests, and would support DOE's efforts to provide innovative, high quality educational options in Brooklyn.
The Applicant's proposal calls for conversion of the existing on-site building for charter school use and occupancy. Although design plans have not been finalized, the proposed facility would contain classrooms, gymnasium, library, music and art studios, computer lab, science lab, cafeteria/auditorium, and support spaces. In addition, an outdoor rooftop playground would be provided on either the higher or lower portion of the converted structure. If approved, the DOE and SCA would provide capital funding to the Applicant starting in 2006 for property acquisition, design and construction, and the charter school organization would expect to begin occupancy of the facility in 2008. The project is located at 510 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, Tax Block 2011, Tax Lot 39.
The conditions are:
1. The Applicant shall develop and implement a construction-protection plan that would comply with the New York City Department of Buildings' Technical Policy and Procedure Notice #10/88 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission's Protection Programs for Historic Buildings to avoid impacts to the building located at 547-555 Clinton Avenue.
2. The Applicant shall petition the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) prior to the completion of construction to implement signal timing modifications such that the new school facility will not result in a significant adverse impact to local traffic conditions.
3. The Applicant shall design the project such that the HVAC stack shall be sited at least sixty-five (65) feet (if No. 2 oil is used), or forty-eight (48) feet (if natural gas is used) from the nearest sensitive receptor. Further, the project's design shall locate the HVAC exhaust stack and rooftop playground consistent with the parameters described above to avoid significant air quality impacts to the rooftop playground. The design of the HVAC stack and location of the playground shall be approved by the SCA prior to the start of construction.
4. The Applicant shall design the project such that the fume hood exhaust stack is at least ten (10) feet tall to avoid potential recirculation from a chemical spill into the school's air intake system. Further, the Applicant shall require the charter school occupant of the facility to restrict the container size of Nitric Acid and Hydrofluoric Acid to 0.010 liters. The manner in which this restriction shall be implemented shall be approved by the SCA prior to the start of the charter school's occupancy.
5. The Applicant shall design the project to provide a minimum of 30 dBA window-wall attenuation, such that interior classroom noise levels shall not exceed 45 dBA under a closed window condition. The design, which may include the double-glazed windows identified above, shall also incorporate a forced air circulation system to provide appropriate ventilation to all classrooms under a closed window condition, and shall be approved by the SCA prior to the start of construction.
6. Should the project's final design locate the playground on the lower roof within a direct line of sight to the residential units at 537-545 Clinton Avenue, the Applicant shall offer, at no cost to the affected residents and/or property owner(s), to provide alternative ventilation for the rooms facing the playground, so the windows may remain closed during periods of playground activity. Alternatively, the Applicant shall design a parapet or noise barrier wall that would fully shield all exposed windows of that building from playground noise.
7. The Applicant shall conduct surveys for ACM, LBP, and PCB-containing equipment, and handle and dispose of such materials in accordance with all applicable Federal, State and local regulations. The Applicant shall develop and implement a Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP), including dust suppression measures, and appropriate Health and Safety Plan (to minimize construction workers' exposure to contaminants), and shall characterize and dispose of excavated soil in accordance with all applicable Federal, State and local regulations. The Applicant shall also cover any exposed areas of the site with a twenty-four (24) inch certified-clean soil cap. These measures shall be developed in consultation with the SCA, and shall be approved by the SCA prior to the start of construction.
Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101, phone: (718) 472-8220.
New York City (Queens) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final 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). 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.
Copies of the FEIS 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.
Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.