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New York City County - The NYC City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed SMART Building, Greenberg Pavilion and Technology Building/Infill Development (CEQR No. 07DCP022M - ULURP No. M840900(H) ZSM - Community District 8, Manhattan) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The proposal involves an application by New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) for a minor modification to an existing Large Scale Community Facility Development (LSCFD) that would enable the utilization and redistribution of floor area to two courtyard sites and two existing buildings on the NYPH downtown campus. The proposed project includes the development of the following:

The portion of the project site proposed for the two new buildings is currently occupied by a courtyards. The project site is within an R9 zoning district and is located on a portion of a superblock bounded by East 70th Street, York Avenue, the FDR Drive (and the approximate eastward extension of East 68th Street) on Block 1480, Lot 1 in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 8.

The courtyard developments are needed to meet the existing demand for diagnostic services, and are expected to reduce waiting time by providing additional diagnostic equipment and space.

The new buildings' interior would connect with the Baker Building, thus creating a continuous and more efficient floor plan. The Greenberg Pavilion Addition would provide for needed office space and in-patient care, and the proposed maximum number of additional beds (41) complies with the current hospital permit. The proposed additions to the N Building and YY Building would provide connections to the SMART Building and Greenberg Pavilion, respectively, contributing to a more continuous and efficient floor plan.

As part of the proposed action, the project will be designed with double-glazed windows which would provide 35 dBA window-wall attenuation in order to maintain an interior noise environment of 45 dBA. The proposed window-wall attenuation requirements are shown on the site plan contained in the proposal's ULURP application. In addition, the proposed action includes a restrictive declaration to ensure that significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials do not occur. The restrictive declaration binds the applicant to conduct subsurface (soil and groundwater) investigations, develop a Health and Safety Plan (HASP), and remediate, if required, prior to the commencement of construction activity. The Phase II Subsurface Investigation Workplan and the HASP will be reviewed and approved by the NYCDEP in accordance with the restrictive declaration.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Rm 4E, New York, NY 10007.