ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

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Negative Declaration

New York City (Bronx) County - The NYC Department of Environmental Protection, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hunts Point Water Pollution Control Plant Barretto Point Site Remediation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the remediation of 2.75 acres which includes contaminated soils in 0.7-acre area, a former paint and varnish manufacturing facility, to remove the presence of hazardous substances and place two feet of clean fill on the total 2.75 acres. These remedial actions are being undertaken pursuant to a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) December 2003 Record of Decision (ROD) for the Barretto Point Brownfield Site. Remedial activities under the proposed action are expected to last a total of twelve months with excavation occurring on the site for approximately six months. The site of the proposed action consists of a portion of a brownfields site located on Viele Street between Barretto and Manida Streets adjacent to the Hunts Point WPCP on the East River in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx.

Contact: Julie Stein, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th floor, Flushing, NY 11373, phone: (718) 594-4397, fax: (718) 595-4479, e-mail:julies@dep.nyc.gov.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

New York City County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed West 61st Street Rezoning and Citywide General Large-Scale Development Text Amendment. A public hearing on the DEIS will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at 10:00 a.m., at City of New York Department of City Planning, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007, to receive comments from the public on the DEIS. 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 DEIS analyzes a proposal by West End Enterprises, LLC and West 60th Street Associates, LLC, to develop a mixed-use building on a property located at 239 West 60th Street (Block 1152, Lots 5, 8, 10-13, 43, 52, 53, and 55), which is a through-lot site with frontages on both West 60th Street and West 61st Street, in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan Community Board 7.

The proposed project requires the following discretionary approvals: an amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation of the western half of the block bounded by West End Avenue, West 61st Street, Amsterdam Avenue, and West 60th Street (Block 1152, Lots 1, 5, 8, 10-13, p/o 43, 52, 53, 55-58, and 61) from M1-6 to C4-7 and C6-2; a special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-52 for a public parking garage; a special permit pursuant to ZR Section 74-74 for a General Large-Scale Development (GLSD); and a zoning text amendment to the provisions of ZR Section 74-743 to waive the height factor and open space requirements for GLSDs located partially in C6-1, C6-2, or C6-3 zoning districts citywide.

The proposed text amendment to modify the provisions of ZR Section 74-743 would allow the City Planning Commission to permit developments at their maximum floor area ratio without regard for height factor and open space requirements for proposed GLSDs located partially in C6-1, C6-2, or C6-3 zoning districts provided that certain requirements related to the amount of open space and quality of landscaping provided on the site are met. The zoning districts within which the proposed text amendment could potentially be utilized (C6-1, C6-2, and C6-3) are located within areas of Manhattan Community Districts 1-8, and 12; Queens Community District 12; and Brooklyn Community District 2.

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct an approximately 481,425 gross square foot (gsf) building consisting of 342 residential units; 4,420 gsf of medical office space; 10,340 gsf of ground-floor retail space; and 200 parking spaces below-ground, of which 121 would be accessory parking spaces and 79 would be public parking spaces. The applicant has merged the properties located at 242 West 61st Street (Block 1152, Lot 56) and 244 West 61st Street (Block 1152, Lot 57) with the project site to create a combined zoning lot. This would allow a portion of the unused development rights from these properties, which are developed with two 5-story residential buildings, to be used in developing the proposed project. The proposed project would be comprised of a 27-story tower with a maximum height of 304 feet and three mid-rise components of 7, 9 and 14 stories. Construction of the proposed project is expected to be completed in 2008.

Although the applicant intends to construct a development with 342 dwelling units on the projects site, a development with more dwelling units could be built under the proposed zoning. The DEIS analyzes a reasonable worst case development scenario (RWCDS) which assumes that 559 units would be constructed on the project site, which would be the maximum number of dwelling units allowed under the proposed zoning. The RWCDS also projects that four additional properties would be developed as a result of the proposed rezoning. The property located at 246 West 61th Street (Block 1152, Lot 58), which is not under the control of the applicant, would be developed with a 10-story residential building containing approximately 61 dwelling units, and the property located at 28 West End Avenue (Block 1152, Lot 61), also not under the control of the applicant, would be developed with a 31-story building containing approximately 190 dwelling units and a 100,000 gsf middle school. The RWCDS also assumes that the two 5-story residential buildings located at 242 West 61st Street (Block 1152, Lot 56) and 244 West 61st Street (Block 1152, Lot 57), which are under the applicantís control, would each be enlarged with an additional penthouse unit.

The DEIS identifies significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials and traffic, and identifies measures that would mitigate the impacts. The DEIS considers four alternatives to the proposed project: the No Action Alternative, the As-Of-Right Alternative, the Height Factor Building Alternative, and the Quality Housing Building Alternative.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planning Commission, Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007, e-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.