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New York City (Staten Island) County - The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed New Stapleton Waterfront Development Plan. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the New York City Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on September 5, 2006 and may be submitted at the public hearing or to Mr. David Quart at the address below. The DEIS is available for free download on the websites of the NYC Office of Environmental Coordination (http://www.nyc.gov/html/oec/html/ceqr/stapleton_deis.shtml) and the NYC Economic Development Corporation (http://www.nycedc.com/Library/Studies/StapletonWaterfront.html). The New Stapleton Waterfront Development Plan is a comprehensive effort to redevelop the former 35-acre U.S. Navy Homeport in the Stapleton section of Staten Island, and to encourage new development on adjacent blocks. The Plan was the product of a collaborative planning process led by the Mayor's Homeport Task Force, comprised of City and elected officials and community and business representatives. The Plan would assist in the revitalization of the Stapleton community and create a new publicly-accessible waterfront destination for the borough. The project would allow for private mixed-use development on development parcels within the Homeport site and would include residential, restaurant/banquet facility, sports complex, local retail, farmers market, and commercial uses. The project also includes the creation of approximately 12 new acres of waterfront esplanade and public open space, street reconstruction and other infrastructure improvements. In addition, the project would encourage complementary private mixed-use development in the area west of Front Street and east of the Staten Island Railway tracks through the establishment of a special zoning district allowing mixed-use development. Public land-use actions required to implement the project include zoning map and text amendments, the establishment of the Special Stapleton Waterfront District, City map amendments, and the disposition of City-owned property. The project area is bound by Hannah Street to the north, the Staten Island Railway tracks to the west, the Front/Bay/Edgewater Street intersection to the south and the U.S. Pierhead line to the east. (Street address for the former Homeport site: 455 Front Street, Staten Island, NY.)

Contact: David Quart, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, phone:(212) 312-3620, fax: (212) 312-3989, e-mail: dquart@nycedc.com.

New York City (Kings) County - The New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the New York City Technical College (Klitgord Auditorium), 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY. Comments on the DEIS may be made orally or submitted in writing at the Public Hearing. Comments must be received within 30 days of the date of the Public Hearing (i.e., on or before 5:30 p.m. on September 22, 2006). Written comments may be submitted by email to: atlanticyards@empire.state.ny.us or by mail to the attention of Maria Mooney, ESDC, 633 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10017. Written comments, whether received at or after the Public Hearing will be afforded the same weight as oral testimony, and those wishing to submit lengthy or complex testimony are urged to do so in writing or by email. Oral or written comments may also be made or submitted at a community forum, which will be held at New York City College of Technology (Klitgord Auditorium), 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on September 12, 2006. Copies of the DEIS are available for inspection at ESDC, 633 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10017. A CD of the entire DEIS and/or a paper copy of the executive summary of the DEIS are available at no charge upon request. Paper copies of the complete DEIS are available for purchase. The DEIS is also available at ESDC's web site at: http//www.nylovesbiz.com/AtlanticYards. In addition, the DEIS is available at branches of the Brooklyn Public Library at: Grand Army Plaza, 496 Franklin Avenue, 380 Washington Avenue, 25 4th Avenue, and 93 St. Edward Street. An inspection copy of the DEIS will also be available at the Public Hearing. To inspect and/or obtain copies of the DEIS from ESDC, please call (212) 803-3233 or email: atlanticyards@empire.state.ny.us. The action involves the development of an approximately 18,000 seat arena, 16 buildings for residential, office, retail, community facilities, parking, and possibly hotel uses, and a minimum of 7 acres of publicly accessible open space. The proposed project would also include a reconfigured and improved Vanderbilt rail yard and improved access to the Atlantic Terminal subway station. The project would occupy an approximately 22-acre site in the Atlantic Terminal area of Brooklyn, roughly bounded by Flatbush and 4th Avenues on the west, Vanderbilt Avenue on the east, Atlantic Avenue on the north, and Dean and Pacific Streets on the south.

Contact: Rachel Shatz, Empire State Development Corporation, Planning and Environmental Review, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, phone: (212) 803-3100.