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Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan Release
Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area Park Site (Site 32)

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will conduct an investigation at the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area Park Site (Site 32), under the NYSDEC's Environmental Restoration Program (ERP). 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).

A draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan has been made available for review at the following repository locations:

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.

Up-coming Public Meeting

In addition 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) on December 18, 2006.

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

Representatives from NYC 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.


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Manhattan 125th Street Corridor Rezoning and Related Actions (CEQR No.: 07DCP030M) may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at 4:00 PM at the Harlem State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY. Written comments will be accepted by the lead agency through the tenth day following the scoping meeting. Copies of the Draft Scope of Work for the Environmental Impact Statement and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained from the Studies Implementation Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, 4E, New York, New York 10007, Glen A. Price III, Director (212) 720-3491; or from the Office of Environmental Coordination, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10038, Robert Kulikowski, Director (212) 788-2937; and on the New York City Department of City Planning’s website. The action involves The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing zoning text and map amendments that would affect 24 blocks along the 125th Street corridor in East, Central and West Harlem. The area proposed to be rezoned is generally bounded by 124th Street, 126th Street, Broadway and Second Avenue and includes parts of Manhattan Community Districts 9, 10 and 11. The proposed rezoning area is currently zoned R7-2, C4-4, C4-4A, C4-5, C4-7, and M1-2. The rezoning proposal would create a new special district, the Special 125th Street District, within the rezoning area and change the area’s underlying zoning to R6A, R7-2, R7A, C4-4A, C4-4D, C6-3, and C4-7, as modified by the proposed special district.

The proposed action also includes the Disposition of City-owned property, an Urban Renewal Plan amendment, a City Planning Commission (CPC) certification pursuant to the Special TA (transit land use) District, and Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP) designation and project approval in connection with a known development on a site within the rezoning area.

The proposed changes are part of a comprehensive City initiative to support the ongoing revitalization of 125th Street. The proposal would increase permitted floor area ratios (FARs) in the rezoning area to encourage new mixed-use commercial and residential development, provide an inclusionary housing bonus to facilitate the development of affordable housing, and map contextual zoning districts to protect the existing character and scale of predominantly residential areas.

The proposed action could result in new development, including residential and commercial uses, on numerous sites within the proposed rezoning area. For analysis purposes, the build year for the proposed action is 2017. A ten year period is typically believed to be the length of time over which developers would act on the change in zoning and the effects of the proposed action would be felt. The Department of City Planning has identified 26 projected development sites in the rezoning area on which development would result in an incremental (net) gain of 2,478 residential units, including 530 affordable housing units; 208,489 sf of commercial retail space; 332,056 sf of commercial office space; 11,672 sf of hotel space (total increment of commercial space would be 552,217 sf); a decrease of 110,985 sf of community facility space; a decrease of 26,824 sf of storage and manufacturing space; and a decrease of 36,687 sf of parking/auto related uses by the proposal’s build year of 2017. In addition, DCP has identified 23 potential development sites in the rezoning area. If development does not occur on the projected development sites, the same overall amount of development could occur instead on some or all of the potential development sites.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planning Commission, Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Rm. 4E, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423, fax: (212) 720-3495, e-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.