ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Brownfield Cleanup Program

Site Name: 70 Bethune Street
Site Address: 70 Bethune Street
New York, New York 10014-1768
County: New York
Site No.: C231058
Requestor: Bethune West Associates, LLC, c/o The Related Companies

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 remediation 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. Comments on the application should be submitted by December 28, 2006 to the DEC Region 2 office at the address indicated below.

Please note the application package also includes the Remedial Action Work Plan and implements the design document for the remedy selection process for the site. Comments on the Remedial Action Work Plan should be submitted by January 12, 2007 to the DEC Region 2 office at the address indicated below:

NYSDEC will review the application package, the Remedial Action Work Plan and public comments received and then make a determination on the eligibility of the application.

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

Repository addresses:

Jefferson Market Library
425 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011


Public Meeting

Date: December 18, 2006 (Monday), 1 p.m.
Place: Community Board 3, Conference Room
1426 Boston Road
Bronx, New York

On December 18, 2006, the City of New York will hold a public meeting to discuss the upcoming environmental investigation for the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area Park Site (Site 32). Representatives from New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York City Office of Environmental Coordination (OEC) will give a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session and your opportunity to comment on the proposed investigation. Representatives of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will also be in attendance.

Introduction

The City of New York has prepared this fact sheet to inform you about an upcoming environmental investigation in Bronx County, New York. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development will conduct an investigation at the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area Park Site (Site 32), under the NYSDEC's Environmental Restoration Program (ERP). The ERP is a part of the 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act and is designed to help municipalities cleanup and redevelop brownfield sites in their communities by providing up to 90% of the funding for on-site and 100% of the funding for off-site investigation and remediation.

I. Site Description
The site is approximately 1.07 acres in size and is located on the east side of Melrose Avenue between East 159th Street and East 160th Street in the Melrose Section of The Bronx. One small structure consisting of a 1 story abandoned building formerly used as commercial automotive repair garage with the entrance from East 160th Street.

Previous activities undertaken at this site that may have potentially contributed to environmental problems are: automotive repair facilities, and a pickle works. Presently the site is vacant, but a portion is being used to stage construction materials for a NYC HPD sponsored affordable housing project occurring along the north side of East 160th Street, across from the site. In addition, the records indicate several storage tanks were located at the site, which may have been used to store waste fluids from automotive repair operations (oils, lubricants, solvents).

Historical information and data show petroleum and solvents commonly used during various industrial operations impacted groundwater in the area. Public water is available for all buildings in the neighborhood surrounding the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area Park Site (Site 32). The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) manages the water supply and distribution and a copy of the New York City 2005 Drinking Water Supply and Quality report is available by calling 311 or from outside New York City by calling (212) New-York. To view the 2005 Statement, you may also visit DEP's web site at: www.nyc.gov/dep

II. Purpose and Objective of Investigation
NYSDEC and NYSDOH believe additional environmental testing is required to delineate the nature and extent of contamination. The study to be performed at the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area Park Site (Site 32) is called a "Remedial Investigation/Alternative Analysis" (RI/AA). The Remedial Investigation will determine the nature and extent of the contamination at the site, as well as potential threats to public health and the environment. The Alternative Analysis will evaluate possible actions to cleanup the site and will be developed concurrently with the RI and completed after the RI is complete. Based on the results of the RI/AA, the NYSDEC, in consultation with the NYSDOH, will propose a means for cleaning up the site and present a Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) to the public. Following consideration of public comments on the proposed cleanup plan and its alternatives, the NYSDEC, in consultation with the NYSDOH, will select the site remedy.

III. Proposed Fieldwork
Fieldwork is slated to begin this winter and will include a geophysical survey, a subsurface soil investigation, the installation and sampling of groundwater and soil vapor monitoring wells, and potentially Interim Remedial Measures including the removal and closure of any underground storage tank systems identified at the site. You will be kept informed of the results through fact sheets like this one or you may call the individuals listed in this fact sheet.

For More Information:
The public is encouraged to review Primary and/or major documents pertinent to this project at the following location:
New York Public Library - Melrose Branch
910 Morris Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451
Contact: Ms. Crystal McKay, Branch Librarian
Phone: 718-588-0110
Hours of operation: Mon 12-7 PM; Tues, Thurs 10 AM-6 PM; Fri 1-6 PM; Sat 10AM-5 PM; Closed Wednesdays and Sundays

Or by contacting the following offices:

New York City
Department of Housing Preservation and Development
100 Gold Street
New York, NY 10038
Contacts: John Gearrity, Director, Environmental Planning, 5th fl, 212-863-8052; or
Winifred Hamilton-Campbell, Dep. Director, Bronx Planning, 9th floor, 212-863-6522

New York City
Office of Environmental Coordination
253 Broadway
New York, NY 100
Contacts: Robert Kulikowski, Director, 212-788-2937; or
Lee Ilan, Project Coordinator, 212-788-2929

NYSDEC Region 2 Office
47-20 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Contact: Wann-Joe Sun, Ph.D., P.E., Project Manager/Env. Engineer II
Phone: 718-482-4679

Any questions or concern regarding the investigation can be addressed by contacting Mr. Wann-Joe Sun, of the NYSDEC at 718-482-4679.

For health-related concerns regarding this site, please contact Mr. Steve Karpinski of the NYSDOH at 518-402-7860.


Negative Declaration

New York City County - The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority ("TBTA"), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed following two proposed modifications to the Triborough Bridge Rehabilitation Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact: (i) the lease and renovation of Building 104 to house TBTA administrative functions and the New York Police Department Street Crimes Unit ("NYPD SCU"); and (ii) the acquisition and use of property currently occupied by the NYPD SCU and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation ("NYCDPR") for the development of a Combined Bronx/Manhattan TBTA Service Building with central shops and warehouse on that property.

A January 2001 Environmental Assessment ("EA") was prepared for the Triborough Bridge Rehabilitation Project and a Negative Declaration was issued on April 19, 2001. The potential impacts of the lease and renovation of Building 104 and the acquisition and use of lands for the new Combined Service Building have been evaluated in a Supplemental EA. The Supplemental EA reveals that the proposed modifications will not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts. Construction of the proposed modifications are sequential: the renovation of Building 104 must precede the development of the Combined Service Building because the NYPD SCU and TBTA personnel that will be displaced by the development of the Combined Service Building will be housed in Building 104. It is anticipated that the renovation of Building 104 will commence in approximately April 2007 and continue through June 2011, and the development of a Combined Service Building will start in June 2011 and continue through June 2014. The project is located on Ward's and Randall's Island, New York, New York.

Contact: Robert O'Brien, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, 2 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, phone: (646) 252-7617, fax: (646) 252-7605 /7606.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Amended Final EIS

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 Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project. The action would include the development of an arena, 16 buildings for residential, office, retail, community facilities, parking, and possibly hotel uses, and 8 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 Avenue/Pacific Street subway station. The proposed 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. The proposed project is a Type I action.

This Notice supersedes the November 15, 2006 FEIS Notice of Completion. Copies of the FEIS, corrected and amended as of November 27, 2006, are available for inspection at ESDC, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017. A CD of the entire FEIS and/or a paper copy of the executive summary of the FEIS are available at no charge upon request. Paper copies of the complete FEIS are available for purchase. To inspect and/or obtain copies of the FEIS from ESDC, please call (212)803-3233 or email atlanticyards@empire.state.ny.us. The Final Environmental Impact Statement is also available on ESDC's web site at: http://www.nylovesbiz.com/AtlanticYards. In addition, the FEIS is available for inspection at branches of the Brooklyn Public Library at: Grand Army Plaza, 496 Franklin Avenue, 380 Washington Avenue, 25 4th Avenue, and 93 St. Edwards Street; the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President; and the offices of Community Boards 2, 6 and 8.

Contact: Rachel Shatz, Planning & Environmental Review, Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Email: atlanticyards@empire.state.ny.us.