ENB - REGION 2 NOTICES

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Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York City County - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Commerce Bank / 1301 65th Street ( CEQR No. 06DCP057K - ULURP No. 060272ZMK) 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 involvesThe applicant, Commerce Bank, is proposing a zoning map amendment to rezone the property located at 1301 65th Street (Block 5747, Lot 1) from an R5 zoning district to an R5/C2-3 zoning district. The rezoning area is located on the northeast corner of the intersection at 23rd Avenue and 65th Street in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 10.

The site had been developed with a gasoline service station that was subsequently demolished. Currently it is undeveloped and used as an open parking lot for 15 cars. The proposed action would facilitate the construction of a one-story, 3,669 square-foot bank with 16 accessory parking spaces on the site. The applicant expects that construction would be completed in 2007.

The conditions are:

1. The applicant agrees via a restrictive declaration to prepare a Remedial Action Plan, including a sampling protocol and a health and safety plan for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for approval. Remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plan.

The restrictive declaration also restricts the manner in which the property may be developed or redeveloped, by requiring the remediation measures to serve as a condition precedent to any change of use in any such development or redevelopment of the property.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007, phone: (212) 720-3423.


New York City (Bronx) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Eagle Academy, Bronx 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 site selection, acceptance of construction funding, and construction of a new, approximately 570-seat intermediate/high school facility in the Borough of the Bronx. The proposed facility would serve students in sixth through twelfth grades, and would be occupied by the Eagle Academy for Young Men (Eagle Academy), which currently shares a recently constructed school building located at 244 East 163rd Street, Bronx, with the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice. Construction of this proposed facility would be conducted pursuant to DOE's Capital Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2009.

The proposed site is located on the south side of East 176th Street between Bathgate and Third Avenues in the Bronx, and is an assemblage of three vacant City-owned lots which have been assigned to DOE's control (Block 2923, Lots 17, 23 & 26). Lots 17 and 23 were most recently used by a month-to-month tenant as a parking lot for a towing company; that towing company vacated the site in September, 2006. The assemblage contains a total of approximately 19,200 square feet of lot area.

The purpose of the proposed project is two-fold. First, it would provide additional permanent capacity at the intermediate and high school levels within Community School District No. 9 and the Borough of the Bronx. According to the Capital Plan, the Borough of the Bronx needs a total of twelve (12) 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, existing high school facilities in DOE Region Nos. 1 and 2 (which encompass almost all of the Bronx) collectively operated at 106 percent of their intended capacity.

Second, the Eagle Academy school organization was created in 2004, and has been housed temporarily within a building shared with the Bronx School of Law, Government and Justice; Eagle Academy currently has an enrollment of approximately 289 students in grades nine through eleven. However, the existing space is insufficient to accommodate both the needs of the Bronx School of Law, Government and Justice and Eagle Academy's planned steady growth to serve approximately 570 students in sixth through twelfth grades. The proposed new facility would allow Eagle Academy to relocate to a dedicated building, and would free space within the Bronx School of Law, Government and Justice.

Under the proposed project, the SCA would construct a new intermediate/high school facility on the site. The proposed new four-story (plus cellar) facility would contain approximately 87,300 gross square feet, consisting of classrooms, special educational facilities, library, cafeteria, science labs, music and art rooms, and administrative/ support space. Construction activities would begin in 2007, with student occupancy of the completed facility expected to begin in September 2009.

The project is located at Eagle Academy, Bronx, south side of East 176th Street between Bathgate and Third Avenues, Bronx, New York.

The conditions are:

1. The SCA shall complete Phase 1B archaeological field testing of the area where archaeological remains may be present, should the school's final design call for construction within that area. The results of the testing shall be submitted to OPRHP for review and consultation. Any additional measures determined to be necessary to avoid significant impacts to cultural resources will be established in consultation with OPRHP and implemented by the SCA, and

2. The SCA shall petition the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) prior to the completion of construction to implement signal timing modifications such that the new school facility will not result in a significant adverse impact to local traffic conditions.

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 (Brooklyn) County - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Crown Heights Charter High School 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 Charter Facilities Matching Grant Program offered by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and SCA, RH Atlantic-Pacific LLC (Applicant) proposes to obtain capital funding from the DOE for the development of a new charter high school facility in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The proposed facility would provide approximately 1,600 seats for ninth through twelfth grade students.

The proposed site is an approximately 48,750 square foot assemblage of eight (8) tax lots located on the block bounded by Atlantic Avenue to the north, Pacific Street to the south, Kingston Avenue to the east, and Brooklyn Avenue to the west (Block 1203, Lots 19, 23, 24, 28, 30, 40, 42, and 44). The site fronts on both Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street, and contains one-story commercial and industrial buildings as well as vacant lots. The existing on-site structures are currently occupied by a furniture sales warehouse and an ironworks shop; all on-site occupants would vacate the site prior to the Applicant's acquisition of the site.

The proposed project would provide a permanent high school facility for students who currently attend Brooklyn-based charter elementary and middle schools operated by Achievement First, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), and Uncommon Schools, Inc. These three networks operate nine elementary and middle schools in the Borough of Brooklyn, but lack a high school facility to serve these students.

Under the proposed project, the Applicant would receive capital funding from DOE to facilitate the development of the proposed new charter high school facility. The Applicant would acquire the site, demolish all on-site structures, and construct a new five-story (and cellar) building on the site. According to preliminary conceptual plans, the building would contain a total of up to approximately 225,000 gross square feet, an approximately 31,500 square foot rooftop outdoor recreational area, and would generally rise to a height of 70 feet above street level, with a maximum height of 90 feet. The proposed building's main entrance would be located on Pacific Street.

If approved, the DOE and SCA would provide matching capital funding to the Applicant starting in 2007 for property acquisition, design and construction, and the charter school organization would expect to begin occupancy of the facility in 2010.

The conditions are:

1. The Applicant shall develop and implement a construction-protection plan that would comply with the New York City Department of Buildings' Technical Policy and Procedure Notice #10/88 to avoid impacts to the structures located within the proposed Crown Heights North Historic District and within 90 feet of the proposed site. These structures include eight buildings located on the north side of Pacific Street (1459 through 1477 Pacific Street) and eight buildings on the south side of Pacific Street (1432 through 1452 Pacific Street).

2. Should the project's final design require in-ground disturbance of the portions of the site which may contain buried archaeological resources, the Applicant shall undertake Phase 1B archaeological field testing within the affected areas. The results of the Phase 1B testing shall be submitted to the SCA and OPRHP for review, and the Applicant shall implement measures identified by the SCA and OPRHP to avoid significant adverse impacts to archaeological resources.

3. The Applicant shall petition the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) prior to the completion of construction to implement signal timing modifications such that the new school facility will not result in a significant adverse impact to local traffic conditions.

4. The Applicant shall design the project to provide sufficient window-wall attenuation such that interior classroom noise levels shall not exceed 45 dBA under a closed window condition. Such window-wall attenuation may be provided for most of the building sides through well-sealed double-glazed windows and central air conditioning. However, for the building side facing Atlantic Avenue, a minimum of 40 dBA (STC-40) of window-wall attenuation shall be provided.

5. The Applicant shall undertake a Phase II Environmental Site Investigation for the site to further investigate the Recognized Environmental Conditions identified in the Phase I assessment. The Applicant shall submit the results of this investigation to the SCA for review, and shall develop and implement a remedial plan (if necessary) subject to the SCA's review and approval to address the identified on-site contaminants. These measures shall be approved by the SCA prior to the start of construction or removal of soils from the site.

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.


Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

New York City (Bronx) County - The New York City HPD, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Melrose Commons URA Amendments ((CEQR NO. 06HPD008X). A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held March 28. 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the City Planning Department, 22 Reade Street, Spector Hall, New York, N. Y. Public comment period ends April 9, 2007.

To all interested agencies, community boards, groups and persons:

This constitutes HPD’s notification that a public hearing will be held on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) prepared in connection with the proposed Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan Amendment, pursuant to Section 6-10 (a) (b) (c) of the Rules of Procedure for the City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR).

The CEQR public hearing will be held simultaneously with the public hearing to be held by the City of New York Department of City Planning on the proposed Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan Amendment pursuant to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

Written comments should be submitted to: Shampa Chanda, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, 100 Gold Street, Room 5G-3, New York, N.Y. 10038.

To view the DEIS go to www.nyc.gov/hpd.


New York City (Kings & Queens) County - The NYS Dept. of Transportation, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Kosciuszko Bridge Project. A public hearings on the Draft EIS will be held:

Thursday, April 19, 2007
Polish National Home
261 Driggs Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Open House begins at 10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, April 26, 2007
DeVry Institute of Technology
30-20 Thomson Avenue - Room 301
Long Island City, Queens
11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Open House begins at 10:00 a.m.)

Public Comment Period ends May 25, 2007. Additional information about the public hearings, as well as the complete DEIS and appendices, is available at NYSDOT's project website: www.nysdot.gov/portal/page/portal/regional-offices/region11/projects/kosciuszko-bridge-project.

The action involves the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) evaluating proposed improvements to the Kosciuszko Bridge, which carries a 1.1-mile segment of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) between Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn (Kings County) and the Long Island Expressway (I-495) interchange in Queens (Queens County).

The Kosciuszko Bridge Project addresses three primary problems identified with the bridge: traffic congestion, traffic safety and a deteriorating structural condition.

The bridge, built in the 1930's, cannot effectively carry the present volume of traffic. The bridge's narrow lanes, steep roadway grades, lack of shoulders, and short merge/weave distances near ramps and interchange do not meet current highway design and safety standards. These design deficiencies, combined with approximately 160,000 vehicles using the bridge each day, result in the bridge operating at or near capacity during the AM and PM peak periods, severe congestion throughout much of the midday, and the diversion of highway traffic onto local streets.

These same geometric deficiencies that affect traffic flow also affect traffic safety conditions on the bridge and adjacent highway segments. Those problems collectively result in an accident rate more than four times the statewide average for similar facilities in New York State.

The structural condition of the bridge is deteriorating. A number of interim repairs were completed by NYSDOT in recent years to correct identified problems and to extend the life of the bridge and viaduct. Recent inspections have indicated that, despite these aggressive maintenance efforts, the structural deficiencies are increasing. The frequent maintenance and repair efforts and their associated lane closures, while necessary to maintain the bridge, exacerbate the congestion and traffic diversion problems mentioned above, and do not provide a long-term solution to the traffic congestion and safety problems.

The project's Alternatives Analysis considered a No Build Alternative and 25 Build Alternatives, identified during the public scoping process with stakeholder input. These alternatives were screened for their ability to meet the project's goals and objectives. The two-step screening process selected five (5) Build Alternatives, in addition to the No Build Alternative, for detailed evaluation in the DEIS. Two of the Build Alternatives would rehabilitate the existing bridge while adding auxiliary lanes, and three of the Build Alternatives would replace the existing bridge with a new structure. The DEIS assessed the effect of the project alternatives on traffic and transportation; noise; air and water quality; land use and neighborhood character; recreational, cultural, and historic resources; hazardous waste; and visual resources.

The project is located at the Kosciuszko Bridge over Newtown Creek, a 1.1-mile segment of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) between Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn (Kings County) and the Long Island Expressway (I-495) interchange in Queens (Queens County), both in New York State.

Contact: Norik Tatevossian, NYS Department of Transportation, Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, phone: (718) 482-4683, fax: (718) 482-6319, e-mail: kosciuszko@dot.state.ny.us.