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Brownfield Cleanup Program

Site Name: 316 Eleventh Avenue Site
Site Address: 534-556 W30th Street
New York, NY 10001
County: New York
Site No.: C231055
Requestor: DD 11th Avenue, 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 August 18, 2006 to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation - Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21 Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Attention: Dan Walsh

Repository address:

New York Public Library
Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016


Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Douglaston/Littleneck Rezoning and R2A Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Department of City Planning (NYCDCP) proposing to amend the Zoning Map on all or portions of 135 blocks, encompassing 2,331 lots, in the northeastern Queens neighborhoods of Douglaston and Little Neck, Community District 11, from R1-2, R2, R3-1, R3-2, R4 and C3 to lower-density or contextual zones where appropriate. The rezoning area is generally bounded by Little Neck Bay and Long Island Sound to the north, the boundary of the City of New York and Nassau County to the east, Grand Central Parkway to the south and Douglaston Parkway, Alley Pond Park and Little Neck Bay to the west.

The proposed amendments to the Zoning Map are as follows:

These actions are intended to preserve the predominant one- and two-family character of Douglaston and Little Neck and encourage future residential development that reflects the surrounding building patterns, scale and character. The proposed modifications to the commercial overlay districts will preclude commercial development on residential side streets and reinforce their residential character.

Also included in the application is a zoning text amendment to create a new subsection of Zoning Resolution section 11-33. The proposed section 11-335, Building Permits for Other Construction in R2A Districts, would allow homeowners with alterations in newly-designated R2A districts to vest if they have completed the structural framing for their alterations and continue construction without having to file an application with the Board of Standards and Appeals to renew the building permit. It would allow an alteration to continue based on a determination by the Commissioner of Buildings that structural framing for the alteration is complete. The proposed text amendment would apply to the rezoning proposal included in this application and to all subsequent R2A rezonings.

The majority of the rezoning area is composed of detached housing. The Douglaston/Little Neck rezoning proposal would limit new development to a housing type and density that corresponds to the neighborhood's residential context and form.

The proposed actions are not expected to have a substantial effect on the amount of new construction in the foreseeable future. It would neither induce nor preclude new development, but rather it would ensure that new construction and development would occur in a manner that reflects the existing low?scale character of the area.

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 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, proposing 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 City Planning Commission (CPC) is modifying the application so that in the proposed C6-3A district, the maximum residential FAR would be reduced from 7.52 to 6.5, and the maximum street wall height would be reduced from 150 feet to 102 feet. Also, the C6-2A district boundary line would be relocated from 85 feet west of Washington Street to 100 feet west of Washington Street. This would result in a greater portion of the rezoning area being located in the C6-2A district and a commensurate reduction in the portion of the rezoning area located in the C6-3A district. The original proposal also would have allowed floor area to be transferred from the C6-2A district to the C6-3A district on zoning lots greater than 30,000 square feet, which would not be permitted under the modified proposal. The zoning district boundary line bisects the properties controlled by the applicant.

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 as modified by the CPC, 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. The site would be developed with an approximately 231,109 gross square foot (gsf) residential building consisting of 271 residential units.

As a result of the proposed action, new residential development is projected on four other sites within the proposed rezoning area. A 205,904 gsf residential building containing 242 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), 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, and a residential conversion containing 287 dwelling units is projected for the warehouse building located at 250 West Street (Block 217, Lot 1), which currently contains an office use. Also, the existing residential building located at 428 Washington Street (Block 223, Lot 18) could be enlarged with an additional 7 dwelling units. In total, development under the proposed action would be expected to result in 836 dwelling units in the rezoning area.

Due to the potential presence of hazardous materials on the two properties controlled 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 restricts 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), 428 Washington Street (Block 223, Lot 18), and 250 West Street (Block 217, Lot 1), which are not controlled by the applicant, (E) designations for hazardous materials will be mapped on these properties (Block 218, Lot 14; Block 223, Lot 18; and Block 217, Lot 1) 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), the property located at 264-271 West Street/58-74 Vestry Street (Block 223, Lots 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15 and 20), and the property located at 250 West Street (Block 217, Lot 1):

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:

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 (Staten Island) County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Clifton Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Department of City Planning proposing to amend the Zoning Map by rezoning all or portions of nine (9) blocks in the Clifton area of Staten Island Community District 1 from R3-2 to the lower density contextual district of R3X. The proposed rezoning would preserve the area's low-density character and ensure that further residential development is consistent with its surrounding neighborhood. The neighborhood of Clifton is located in northeast Staten Island area and is generally bounded by Vanderbilt Avenue to the north, Bay Street to the east, Greenfield Avenue to the south, and Park Hill Lane to the west.

The area that is subject to this action is currently zoned with an R3-2 classification that does not reflect the contextual makeup of this area, which is almost fully developed with one-and two-family detached homes. R3-2 districts typically allow low-rise attached houses, small multi-family apartment houses, and detached and semi-detached one-and two-family residences. In recent years, due to strong development pressures, the trend has increasingly been to demolish large one - and two - family homes and to replace them with attached housing. The provisions of the proposed R3X zones would limit the building type that could be developed in the rezoning area to one-and two-family detached structures.

This application to rezone the area from R3-2 to R3X would preserve the existing character of the neighborhood by encouraging construction of new homes that reflect and preserve historical character and prevent the demolition of older homes and the construction of out of character new, attached homes. The proposed action is not expected to induce or preclude new development, but rather it would ensure that new construction and development would occur in a manner that reflects the existing low-scale character of the area.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planning Commission, DCP, 22 Reade Street Rm.4E, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3628, fax: (212) 720-3495.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County - The NYC City Planning Commission, as lead agency has determined that the proposed New York Hospital Queens Expansion and Modernization (CEQR No. 05DCP066Q-ULURP Nos. N060304 ZAQ, 060305 ZSQ, 060303 ZMQ and 060306 GFQ- BSA Reference Nos. 41-06BZ and 42-06BZ) 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. Tha action involves an application by New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) for the following actions in connection with the proposed upgrading and modernization of its Flushing Campus in Queensboro Hills, Community District 7, Queens:

1. a zoning map amendment to rezone one block from an R4 zoning district to an R6 zoning district;

2. a CPC authorization, pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 79-31, to permit accessory off-street parking spaces to locate anywhere within a Large Scale Community Facility Development (LSCFD);

3. a special permit, pursuant to Section ZR 74-53, for an accessory parking garage and rooftop parking; and

4. a revocable consent to construct, maintain and use an enclosed pedestrian bridge over Booth Memorial Avenue, connecting the hospital to the proposed parking garage.

The NYHQ campus occupies approximately six acres (280,163 sf lot area) on two blocks bounded by 56th Avenue to the north, 141st Street to the east, 58th Avenue to the south and Main Street to the west. Booth Memorial Avenue separates the two hospital blocks that, together, comprise the LSCFD.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by NYHQ to construct: a new five-story, 97,217 square-foot (sf) West Building, which would house expanded cardiology and surgery services, consolidated acute care services and an additional 80 acute care beds; a four-level, 372-space accessory parking garage on the south hospital block; a pedestrian bridge over Booth Memorial Avenue, connecting the new parking garage with the Main building of the hospital on the north hospital block; and a new 2,098 square-foot hospital entrance, which would be constructed on the north hospital block at Main Street and Booth Memorial Avenue. The rezoning area, consisting of Block 5165, Lots 1 and 28 is bounded by 56th Avenue, Main Street, Booth Memorial Avenue and 141st Street, and would be rezoned from an R4 district to an R6 district.

In addition to the City actions described above, the proposed action includes a request for authorization of the issuance of tax-exempt, fixed-rate bonds on behalf of NYHQ as part of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) Hospitals Program. A coordinated environmental review of the proposed action has been conducted with DASNY acting as an involved agency.

The proposed action includes an (E) designation for hazardous materials on Block 5165, Lot 28 to avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts. The (E) designation would ensure that adequate testing, and, if necessary, remediation would occur prior to any potential redevelopment of the site, therefore eliminating the potential for adverse hazardous material impacts.

The conditions are:

1. Hazardous Materials

2. Traffic and Parking

In order to mitigate the significant adverse traffic impact at Main Street and Booth Memorial Avenue, the applicant agrees to notify NYCDOT prior to completion of the project so that NYCDOT can evaluate implementation of the proposed mitigation measures described below. With these measures in place, no significant adverse impacts to traffic would occur as a result of the proposed action.

3. Transit and Pedestrians

4. The applicant agrees to submit all of the required drawings and designs as per NYCDOT specifications for NYCDOT review and approval. The proposed pedestrian bridge will be designed in accordance with the latest guidelines and design standards of NYCDOT, NYSDOT, AASHTO and seismic design standards. NYCDOT will participate in the review process relating to the proposed pedestrian bridge, as well as all future modifications to geometric alignment, striping and signage during the preliminary and final design phase of the project. The applicant will be responsible for any cost associated with the design, construction and maintenance of all improvements, including the proposed pedestrian bridge, consistent with customary and standard NYCDOT practice.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planning Commission, DCP, 22 Reade Street Rm.4E, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3628, fax: (212) 720-3495.


New York City County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed West 43rd and 44th Street Hotel Complex 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, SCW West, LLC., requesting a special permit pursuant to the New York City Zoning Resolution, Section 74-681, for development over a railroad right-of-way. The project site is a 20,010 square foot lot with frontage on West 43rd and West 44th Streets between 10th and 11th Avenues (Block 1072, Lot 24) in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 4. An Amtrak railroad right-of-way occupies approximately 11,200 square feet of the project site.

The project site is located within an M1-5 district and an R8/C2-5 district within the Special Clinton District. The R8/C2-5 portion is within the Preservation Area and the M1-5 portion is in the Other Area of the special district.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to erect a platform over the easement and develop the site with a hotel complex consisting of one ten-story and one eleven-story hotel with a total of 350 rooms and a 23-space accessory parking garage. The ten-story hotel would have an entrance on West 44th Street and the eleven-story hotel would have an entrance on West 43rd Street. The accessory parking garage would be accessed via a new curb cut on West 43rd Street. It is expected that the complex would be constructed and occupied by 2008.

The project site is currently vacant and consists of an open railroad right of way, flanking steeply sloped rock walls which form ledges to its west and east. The area immediately surrounding the proposed project site consists of residential, commercial, automotive and institutional uses.

The conditions are:

1. The applicant, SCW West, LLC 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.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planning Commission, DCP, 22 Reade Street Rm.4E, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3628, fax: (212) 720-3495.


New York City County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 60 Central Avenue Rezoning (CEQR No. 06DCP029K) 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, Downtown Real Properties, LLC, proposing an amendment to the Zoning Map to change an M3-1 district to an R6A district, an R6A/C2-4 district, and a M1-2 district within a two block area in the Bushwick neighborhood of Community District 4, Brooklyn. The area proposed to be rezoned is bounded by Noll Street on the north, the prolongation of Melrose Street on the south, Central Avenue to the east and Evergreen Avenue to the west; and includes Block 3153, Lots 1, 7, 8, 9, 11, 31, 49, 50 (all); Block 3156, Lot 1; and Block 3163, Lots 50 (part) and 100.

The proposed action would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to develop a six-story residential building with ground-floor retail uses on a 45,400 SF parcel located at 60 Central Avenue (Block 3163, Lot 100) within the rezoning area. The applicant has stated that it intends to redevelop the property, which is currently used for vehicle and open storage, with a mixed building containing 165 dwelling units affordable to low-to-moderate-income households and 6,200 gsf of ground floor retail space.

In addition to facilitating development on the applicantís site, the proposed action may also induce development on a 22,276 SF parcel located at 87 Evergreen Avenue (Block 3153, Lots 1, 7, 8, 9, 49, and 50). Under the proposed R6A district, the site could be redeveloped with a 6-story apartment building containing approximately 67 dwelling units. The other lots in the proposed R6A rezoning area are occupied by PS 145, the Andrew Jackson elementary school at 100 Noll Street (Block 3153, Lot 11) and Williamsburg Community Church of God at 31 George Street (Block 3153, Lot 31), and they are not expected to be redeveloped as a result of the proposed action. The proposed M1-2 rezoning area is occupied by a parking on Block 3163, Lot 50 and a 5-story commercial and light industrial building on Block 3156, Lot 1; no new developments are projected on these lots as a result of the proposed action.

The proposed action includes (E) designations for hazardous materials and noise to avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts.

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.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planning Commission, DCP, 22 Reade Street Rm.4E, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3628, fax: (212) 720-3495.