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Negative Declaration

New York City (Bronx) County The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Park Stratton Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation on eight (8) full blocks and portions of five (5) blocks in the southeastern Bronx neighborhood of Park Stratton, in Community District 9. The Park Stratton rezoning area is generally bounded by Bronx River Avenue and East Tremont Avenue on the north, Beach Avenue on the east, the service road of the Cross Bronx Expressway on the south and Noble Avenue on the west. The proposed action would change the existing zoning from R6 to R5, R6/C2-2 to R5/C2-4 and R6 to R6/C1-2.

The proposed rezoning from R6 to R5 is aimed at preserving the community’s low to medium density character which is comprised of, single and two-family detached, semi-detached and attached residences plus attached and detached multiple dwellings.

The proposed rezoning from R6/C2-2 to R5/C2-4 reduces the depth of the commercial overlay from 150’ to 100’ and precludes any potential commercial encroachment on the residential district.

The proposal to extend the existing C1-2 commercial overlay along Beach Avenue by approximately 25 feet provides relief to an existing non-conforming commercial use on this small commercial strip.

The proposed actions are not expected to have a substantial effect on the amount of new construction in the foreseeable future. It would neither induce nor preclude new development, but rather it would ensure that new construction and development would occur in a manner that reflects the existing character of the area.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-342.


New York City (Bronx) County The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Clason Point / Harding Park Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves an amendment to the zoning map to change the zoning designation of approximately 34 blocks in three neighborhoods to contextual zoning districts. The rezoning area of the Harding Park, Clason Point, and southern Soundview neighborhoods is generally bounded by Randall Avenue to the north, the East River to the south, the Bronx River to the west and Pugsley’s Creek to the east. The proposed action would change the existing zoning from R3-2 to R3A, R5 to R4A and C3 to R3A.

The proposed rezoning actions are intended to preserve the character of Clason Point, Soundview and Harding Park and encourage future residential development that reflects the surrounding building patterns, scale and character.

The proposed actions are not expected to have a substantial effect on the amount of new construction in the foreseeable future. It would neither induce nor preclude new development, but rather it would ensure that new construction and development would occur in a manner that reflects the existing character of the area.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-342.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Final EIS

New York City County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed West 61st Street Rezoning and Citywide General Large-Scale Development Text Amendment. The action involves 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 FEIS 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 applicant’s control, would each be enlarged with an additional penthouse unit.

The FEIS identifies significant adverse impacts related to hazardous materials and traffic, and identifies measures that would mitigate the impacts. The FEIS considers six alternatives to the proposed project: the No Action Alternative, the As-Of-Right Alternative, the Height Factor Building Alternative, the Quality Housing Building Alternative, and two Zoning Text Amendment Alternatives.

Copies of the FEIS 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; the Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Boradway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Robert Kulikowski, Ph.D., Director (212) 788-2937; and on the New York City Department of City Planning’s website at www.nyc.gov/dcp.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Planning Commission, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 22 Reade Street, 1W, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423, e-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.