ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

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Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City (Queens) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Gateway to Health Sciences- Secondary School, Queens will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) proposing the site selection, acceptance of construction funding, and construction of a new, approximately 800-seat secondary school facility on the grounds of Queens Hospital Center in Briarwood, Queens. The proposed facility would serve students in seventh through twelfth grades, and would be occupied by the Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School (Gateway School), which currently occupies a building located at 150-91 87th Road. Construction of this proposed facility would be conducted pursuant to DOEs Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2009.

The proposed site is located on the south side of Goethals Avenue between 164th Street and Parsons Boulevard (Block 6858, portion of Lot 1). The site is an approximately 67,500 square foot rectangular lot which is surrounded by Goethals Avenue to the north, and the remainder of the Queens Hospital Center (QHC) campus on the remaining three sides. The proposed site is owned by the City of New York, and contains Buildings G, H, and K, which are currently occupied by FDNY/EMS and QHC operations; Building G was also formerly used by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), but OCME has relocated to a larger recently constructed facility on another portion of QHC grounds. The remaining occupants of the on-site structures would generally relocate to other areas of the QHC campus prior to the demolition of those structures.

The purpose of the proposed project is two-fold. First, it would provide additional permanent capacity at the high school level within the Borough of Queens. According to the Capital Plan, the Borough of Queens needs a total of ten (10) new school facilities providing a total of 9,912 seats at the high school level in order to address the overcrowding of existing facilities and to meet demographic projections. During the 2005-2006 school year, high school facilities in DOE Region No. 3 (which generally encompasses Eastern Queens), collectively operated at 118 percent of their intended capacity.

Second, at its current location, the Gateway School operated at 112 percent of capacity, serving an enrollment of 569 students in a facility with a functional capacity of 507 seats. Students enrolled at that school must currently travel from that facility to the QHC campus for programs offered at QHC. Construction of the proposed new school building on the QHC campus would provide the Gateway School with a contemporary facility suited for its curricular needs, as well as a location that would enhance the relationship between the school and hospital programs. After the Gateway School relocates to QHC campus, its current location would be available for use by another DOE public school program.

Under the proposed project, the SCA would demolish the existing on-site structures and construct a new secondary school facility on the site. The proposed new four-story facility would contain approximately 125,000 square feet consisting of classrooms, library, gymnasium, auditorium, science labs, and administrative/support space. A large entry plaza fronting Goethals Avenue would also be provided, setting the school building back from the street. Demolition of the existing on-site structures would begin in 2007, with construction of the new facility to commence shortly thereafter. Student occupancy of the completed facility is anticipated to begin in 2010.

The conditions are:

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101-3045, phone: (718) 472-8220.


New York City (Queens) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed P.S. 273, Queens will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) proposing the site selection, acquisition, acceptance of construction funding, and construction of a new, approximately 380-seat early childhood center in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. The proposed facility would serve students in pre-kindergarten through third grade. Acquisition, design and construction of this proposed facility would be conducted pursuant to DOEs Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2009.

The proposed site is located at the southeast corner of 102nd Street and 88th Avenue (Block 9288, Lots 101 & 106), and is an assemblage of two privately-owned lots. Lot 101, which contains approximately 10,000 square feet of lot area, contains a vacant three-story building most recently used as a yeshiva. Lot 106, which contains approximately 2,500 square feet of lot area, contains a vacant detached two-story frame house.

The purpose of the proposed project is to provide additional permanent capacity at the primary level within Community School District No. 27. According to the Capital Plan, District No. 27 needs a total of six (6) new school facilities providing a total of 2,597 seats at the primary and intermediate levels in order to meet demographic projections and to support DOE policy initiatives such as expansion of the class size reduction and reduced reliance on Transportable Classroom Units (TCUs) and minischool buildings over 20 years old. During the 2005-2006 school year, District No. 27s existing primary school facilities, including TCUs and minischool buildings, collectively operated at 91 percent of their intended capacity.

Under the proposed project, the SCA would acquire the site, demolish the existing on-site structures, and construct a new early childhood center on the site. The proposed new facility would contain approximately 42,000 gross square feet, consisting of classrooms, special educational facilities, library, multipurpose room, and administrative/support space. A schoolyard would also be provided, either at street-level or on the roof of the facility. Acquisition of the site would occur in 2007, with construction scheduled such that student occupancy of the facility is anticipated to begin in 2009.

The conditions are:

Contact: Ross J. Holden, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101-3045, phone: (718) 472-8220.


Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City (Bronx) County - The New York City Department of Correction, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Oak Point Detention Facility may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on March 5, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. at the New South Bronx Police Athletic League facility at 991 Longwood Avenue, Bronx, New York. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until March 9, 2007. The proposed action involves the acquisition of a 27-acre parcel, construction of a detention facility, and the creation of a public through street. The site is an unpermitted solid waste management facility that received construction and demolition material, that will be reconfigured and properly closed as part of the proposed actions. Work associated with the closure of this facility would involve engineering controls designed in compliance with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation requirements. The proposed Oak Point Detention Facility will include approximately 900,000 gross square feet (gsf) of space and employ a workforce of approximately 800 persons. The facility would be designed to house a total of approximately 2,040 detainees and would provide approximately 600 new parking spaces on-site in parking lots and a multi-level parking structure. A proposed public street would be developed as a westward extension of Oak Point Avenue through the site, and would connect to the existing easement situated on the western portion of the site (that extends through the neighboring property west of the site) and connect to East 149th Street. Portions of approximately seven adjoining properties would need to be acquired to accommodate the new roadway alignment.

Contact: Robert Maruca, City of New York Correction Department, 60 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013, phone: (212) 266-1317, fax: (212) 266-1879, email: Robert.maruca@doc.nyc.gov