ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Brownfield Cleanup Program

Site Name: OCA LIC Fifth Street Mixed-Use Housing
Site Address: 5-20 46th Road
Queens, New York 11101
County: Queens
Site No.: C241098
Requestor: OCA Long Island City, 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 December 1, 2006 to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation - Region 2
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, New York 11101
Attention: Josslyn Shapiro

Repository address:

Court Square Library (CitiCorp. Building)
25-01 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, New York 11101


Negative Declaration

New York City (Kings) County - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Red Hook Water Pollution Control Plant - Electrical Distribution System Upgrade will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) proposing to install two new 2000 kilowatt (kW) diesel engine generators and upgrade the electrical support structures at the Red Hook Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). The new generators would be located within the confines of the existing outdoor substation. The existing generators, located within the Red Hook WPCP's Main Building, would be demolished and the space used to house the new generator distribution switchgear. To make room for the new generators, the outdoor substation must be rearranged; three new 38 kilovolt (kV) service circuit breakers would be housed in a new common enclosure, the existing station service transformers would be refurbished and relocated, and a new battery house would be constructed to house two new batteries and associated equipment. Inside the Main Building a new electrical mimic panel would be installed in the Control Room to allow control of the electrical distribution system from a central location. The Red Hook WPCP is located at 63 Flushing Avenue within the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Contact: Terrell Estesen, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Blvd, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: (718) 595-4473, fax: (718) 595-4479, e-mail:testesen@dep.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 94th Street High School Facility 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 New York City Department of Education (DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) proposing to lease and renovate an existing four-story manufacturing loft building into a high school facility containing approximately 1,650 seats in the Corona section of Queens. The proposed facility would serve students in ninth through twelfth grade. This project would be conducted pursuant to DOE's Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2009.

The proposed site is a triangular-shaped parcel of land located on the west side of 94th Street between Corona and 45th Avenues in the Corona section of Queens (Block 1600, Lot 61). The site is adjoined to the north by the Long Island Rail Road's right-of-way, and to the south by commercial and manufacturing uses that face Corona Avenue. The property is privately-owned and contains a four-story (with cellar) 100-foot by 400-foot concrete structure originally built in the 1920s. A one-story addition to the four-story structure was built in the 1950s. Although currently largely vacant, the building has been occupied historically by manufacturing uses.

The purpose of the proposed project is to provide additional permanent capacity at the high school level in the Borough of Queens, and specifically within DOE Region No. 4. All three high schools within a two-mile radius of the proposed site in Region No. 4 operated well above their buildings' intended capacities during the 2004-2005 school year. Newtown High School, which is located approximately five blocks from the site, operated at 158 percent of capacity, while Bryant High School and Forest Hills High School respectively operated at 123 percent and 146 percent of capacity. Collectively, the enrollment at these three schools exceeded their buildings' capacity by 3,336 students.

Under the proposed project, the SCA would execute a lease for approximately 237,000 square feet of interior space and approximately 70,000 square feet of exterior space, and would expend capital funds to convert the site for high school use and occupancy. As part of the conversion project, the one-story addition to the existing building would be demolished, and that area redeveloped as paved open space for the school. The proposed facility would contain classrooms, special education facilities, library, lunchroom/kitchen, multipurpose rooms, and administrative/support space. The front entrance to the school would be located on 94th Street.

The conditions are:

1. The SCA will continue consultations with OPRHP during the design process regarding the exterior and interior treatment of the National Register-Eligible four-story structure. Any additional measures determined to be necessary to avoid significant adverse impacts to the historic building shall be established in consultation with OPRHP and implemented by the SCA.

2. The SCA will complete Phase 1B archaeological field testing of the area where archaeological remains may be present, should the project's final design call for construction within that area. The results of the testing shall be submitted to OPRHP for review and consultation. Any additional measures determined to be necessary to avoid significant impacts to archaeological resources will be established in consultation with OPRHP and implemented by the SCA.

3. The SCA will petition the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) prior to the completion of construction to implement signal timing modifications and installation of additional traffic signals such that the new school facility will not result in a significant adverse impact to local traffic conditions.

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101-3045, phone: (718) 472-8220.