ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Brownfield Cleanup Program

Site Name: Uniforms For Industry
Site Address: 129-09 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
County: Queens County
Site No.: C241103

Requestors: UFI, Inc.
173 Foster Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580
And
129 Jamaica Avenue
Reclamation, LLC
110-31 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11433

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 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.

NYSDEC will review the application package and public comments received and then make a determination on the eligibility of the application.

Comments should be submitted by March 2, 2007 to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation - 12th Floor
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7016
Attention: Chris Milack

Repository address:

Queens Library
Richmond Hill Branch
118-14 Hillside Avenue
Richmond, NY 11418


Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed St. Johnís University Capital Projects Program will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of new and renovated student housing, a new academic building, a new student center, and replacement/additional parking for the Queens Campus location. The Proposed Project includes approximately 167,600 gross square feet (gsf) of new construction, and approximately 56,900 gsf of renovations. The Proposed Project also includes landscaping and modifications to internal campus roadways. Upon completion, the total number of student beds will increase from 2,386 to 2,860. A total of approximately 218 off-street parking spaces will be displaced by the Proposed Project. This reduction in spaces will be offset by the addition of 336 new spaces, resulting in a net increase of 118 additional spaces created as part of the Proposed Project. Adequate parking capacity will be available on the SJU campus to accommodate campus activities. No on-street parking spaces will be displaced as part of the Proposed Project. The project is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, New York.

Contact: Matthew A. Stanley, Office of Environmental Affairs, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, New York 10119-0098, phone: (212) 273-5097, fax: (212) 273-5121.


Positive Declaration

New York City County - The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed The City University of New York City College of New York (CCNY)/CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Science Facility Project Phases I and II [Design, Development and Construction], may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the proposed project, which consists of two phases: Phase I would involve building: (i) a 200,000-gross-square-foot (gsf), three-story plus mechanical penthouse CCNY Science Building, and (ii) a 190,000-gsf, five-story plus mechanical penthouse ASRC I Building connected to the CCNY Science Building by a shared ground-floor level and mechanical space. Phase II would consist of constructing a 212,000-gsf, five-story plus mechanical penthouse ASRC II Building with a connecting lower level to the CCNY Science and ASRC I complex. The full build-out of both phases would total approximately 602,000 gsf.

The Proposed Project would be built on areas totaling approximately 7.1 acres within the 35-acre CCNY campus. As currently proposed, the proposed CCNY Science Building would be located on the western portion of the approximately 7.1-acre development parcel on the South Campus, while the ASRC I and ASRC II buildings would occupy the eastern portion. All three would be joined by a shared ground (lower) level that would house state-of-the-art imaging facilities, a shared vivarium, and mechanical space. In addition to the shared lower level, all three science buildings would share building support areas including shipping and receiving, central storage, and unique or specialized laboratory equipment support shops. The Proposed Project would include landscaped areas, consisting of a central green space between the proposed CCNY Science Building and ASRC I, and pathways adjacent to the new buildings. It is anticipated that the Proposed Project would incorporate green building design standards such as those leading to certification under the LEED ("Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design") Green Building Rating System®.

The Proposed Project would involve the demolition of the extant approximately 5,230-gsf, 1-story Boiler Plant and the approximately 38,754-gsf, 2-story Eisner Hall (both of which are vacant and unused), as well as the outdoor athletic track and field facility on the CCNY South Campus. Underground tank removal at the Boiler Plant and Eisner Hall and the relocation of a fueling station for CCNY fleet vehicles would also be required. The temporary classroom trailers formerly used by the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering (adjacent to Eisner Hall) would be removed as part of a separate initiative. In addition, the Proposed Project would entail the construction of a new electrical conduit from street service to serve the proposed new buildings. The Proposed Project includes upgrades to the existing chillers in the North Academic Center ("NAC") Central Utility Plant, located in the NAC Building on the North Campus, to provide service to the Proposed Project. The construction of new utility trenches and connections from the project limits to the proposed CCNY and ASRC buildings are also required.

Contact: Joanna Oliver, Office of Environmental Affairs, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, One Penn Plaza, 52nd Floor, New York, New York 10119-0098, phone: (212) 273-5023, fax: (212) 273-5121.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS

New York City County - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan Amendments. A public hearing on the DEIS will be held in conjunction with the City Planning Commission's public hearing. Written comments on the DEIS should be forwarded to the contact office and will be accepted by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development until the 10th calendar day following the close of the public hearing. Subsequent notice will be given as to the time and place of the public hearing and the close of the public comment period. The proposed actions analyzed in this EIS include a number of amendments to the Melrose Commons URP, a proposed zoning map change, and the disposition of up to 42 city-owned properties to the Atlantic Development Group or its affiliates. These actions will require approval through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) under City Charter Section 197(c).

Amendment To The Melrose Commons URA

The proposed amendments to the URP include changes to land use designations affecting 12 sites; the removal of wall regulations and street wall regulations throughout the URA; a change to lot coverage regulations on site 48; the modification or removal of curb cut regulations on four parcels; change to height limits on sites 48, 49, 59, 60, 45, 46, 56 and 57; and the deletion of portions of two urban renewal parcels from the URP.

The proposed and future amendments to the URP would allow for the full build-out of the Melrose Commons URA with approximately 1,770 additional housing units, 99,900 sf of retail space, and 140,000 sf of community facility space.

The proposed Boricua Village development (which consists of parcels 48, 49, 59, and 60) would contain approximately 878,847 gross square feet (gsf) of floor area, including up to approximately 750 housing units, up to 50,000 sf of retail floor area, and a 120,000-square-foot college on a site that currently consists of vacant lots and vacant buildings. It is expected that the complex would consist of approximately eight residential buildings ranging from 6 to 13 stories and a 14-story building to house the Bronx campus of Boricua College. The Boricua Village development would include publicly accessible open space and an estimated 174 accessory parking spaces. The entrance and exit to the parking garage are expected to be located along Elton Avenue at East 163rd Street. Approximately 1.5 acres of publicly accessible open space would be provided on the site. Changes proposed to the URPís land use designation on site 48 would allow residential development at this location. Changes to the URPís lot coverage restrictions on site 48 and the removal of the URPís height limits on sites 48, 49, 59, and 60 would also be needed. The amendment to the URP would include a provision limiting the total number of residential units to be developed on the Boricua Village site to 750 and the total amount of commercial floor area on this site to 50,000 square feet.

The proposed amendment to the URP and future potential rezoning affecting sites 45, 46, 56, and 57 would result in the development of Courtlandt Corners South and North. Phipps Houses proposes to construct two mixed residential/commercial developments, Courtlandt Corner North and Courtlandt Corner South. The two portions of the Courtlandt Corners development would contain a total of approximately 474,446 sf of floor area, providing up to approximately 474 residential units and 28,000 sf of retail space. Approximately 5,000 sf of public open space in the form of a community garden would be created on parcel 45. Courtlandt Corner North would be located on URA parcels 56 and 57 and would include an accessory parking facility that would accommodate up to 100 vehicles. The Courtlandt Corner North site would also include Block 2408, Lots 2 and 5, which were privately acquired by Phipps Houses and are not governed by the URP. In order to accommodate the Courtlandt Corners developments, the land use designation on parcel 46 would be changed to residential and height limits would be removed on all urban renewal parcels. Additionally, the land use designation on site 45 would be changed to permit public open space. The proposed amendment to the URP would also include a provision limiting the total number of residential units on sites 56 and 57 to 400 units.

The proposed amendments to the URP include a change in land use designation on site 15, located on the northeast corner of Courtlandt Avenue and East 157th Street, from commercial to residential/commercial. This would facilitate the construction of approximately 20 residential units and 4,600 sf of retail space on this site.

Additional changes to the URPís land use designations would bring into conformance a new community garden on parcel 2 and the northernmost lot of parcel 1 that was recently relocated from a nearby development site. Clarification to the definition of residential use on sites 14 and 30 to include public open space would bring the existing community gardens on those sites into conformance with the URPís land use regulations. Clarification to the definition of residential use on site 5 to permit public open space as well as residential use would allow an existing community garden to be relocated to another portion of the site in order to accommodate the residential development planned on that site.

The land use designation on site 38 would be changed from residential to residential/community facility because four lots on this site are currently used by the adjacent fire station for EMS parking. No new development is currently projected on this site.

Zoning Map Change

The proposed actions include the rezoning of Block 2366 and Block 2367, which include URA sites 48, 49, 59, and 60 on the Boricua Village site, from C4-4 and R8 with a C1-4 commercial overlay to R8 with a C2-4 commercial overlay. The C2-4 commercial overlay would extend across both blocks, encompassing the entire Boricua Village site including site 60. The proposed rezoning would allow the Boricua Village development to include an increased amount of floor area and therefore accommodate more housing units.

Disposition of Sites

To facilitate development of Boricua Village, 42 city-owned sites are proposed to be disposed to Atlantic Development Group. The city-owned lots proposed for disposition include:

Contact: - Beverly Reith, Environmental Review Division, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, 100 Gold Street, New York, NY 10038