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ENB - Region 2 Notices 2/6/2019

Negative Declaration

Bronx, New York and Queens Counties (Bronx, Manhattan and Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Residential Tower Mechanical Voids Text Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal for a zoning text amendment pursuant to Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 23-16 (Special Floor Area and Lot Coverage Provisions for Certain Areas) and related sections, to modify floor area regulations for residential tower developments located within non-contextual R9 and R10 Residence Districts, their equivalent Commercial Districts, as well as Special Purpose Districts that rely on underlying floor area and height and setback regulations or that are primarily residential in character. The proposed zoning text amendment (Proposed Action) would count mechanical floors in such buildings as zoning floor area when they are taller than 25 feet in height or when they are located within 75 feet in height of each other. Currently, mechanical space does not count towards zoning floor area of a building as permitted by zoning. The Proposed Action is intended to discourage the use of excessive mechanical floors to artificially increase building height by limiting the height and frequency of such spaces incorporated into a building's design.

The project is located in the Boroughs of the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens, New York.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271; Phone: (212) 720-3493, Fax: (212) 720-3495, Email: oabinad@planning.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Kissena Center Rezoning 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 a request by the applicant, Kimco Kissena Center, LLC, for a zoning map amendment and a zoning text amendment in order to rezone an area around the proposed project (Block 5208, Lot 45), including Block 5200, Lots 39, 49, 50 and p/o 151; and Block 5208, Lots 1, a portion of (p/o) Lot 5, Lot 32, and Lot 45 (collectively, rezoning area). Together the lots identified within the rezoning area compose the "project area", which in addition to encompassing the entire rezoning area includes the portion of Block 5208, Lot 5 which is not proposed to be rezoned. The proposed actions would facilitate the development of an eight-story mixed-use building on the development site. The proposed project would require the demolition of the existing single-story retail and surface parking lot on the development site, followed by the construction of the eight-story building, which would include approximately 244,339 gross square foot dedicated to residential use; approximately 57,827 gross square foot of ground-floor commercial (retail) use; approximately 15,675 gross square foot of community facility use; and approximately 333 parking spaces in a below-grade garage. The residential floor area would be composed of 244 dwelling units (DUs); 25 to 30 percent of the residential floor area (approximately 61 to 73 DUs) would be designated as affordable based on area median income. The proposed project also includes a new traffic signal at the intersection of Kissena Boulevard and Kalmia Avenue/Site driveway. The analysis year for the Proposed Actions is 2021. To avoid the potential for significant adverse impacts, an (E) designation (E-514) for air quality, hazardous materials, and noise will be placed on Block 5208, Lots 1, 5, 45 and 32, and Block 5200 Lots 49 and 50, as part of the Proposed Actions.

The project is located on 46-15 Kissena Boulevard in Queens, New York.

The conditions are:

  1. The applicant will enter into a Restrictive Declaration (RD) to ensure the implementation of mitigation relating to transportation which would avoid the potential for any significant adverse impacts. The mitigation is as follows:
    • Kissena Boulevard and 45th Avenue
      1. Install a "No Standing 7 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday" regulation along the north curb of the westbound approach for 100 feet.
      2. Modify the signal timing during the weekday AM and PM peak periods. During the weekday AM and PM peak periods, shift 2 seconds of green time from the northbound/southbound phase to the westbound phase; the lead pedestrian interval phase would remain the same. There would be no changes during the weekday midday and Saturday peak periods.
    • Kissena Boulevard and Holly Avenue (south):
      1. Modify the signal timing during the weekday AM, midday, and Saturday peak periods. During the weekday AM peak period, shift 3 second of green time from the westbound phase to the northbound/southbound phase; the lead pedestrian interval phase would remain the same. During the weekday midday and Saturday peak periods, shift 1 seconds of green time from the westbound phase to the northbound/southbound phase; the lead pedestrian interval phase would remain the same. There would be no changes during the weekday PM period.
    • Kissena Boulevard and Juniper Avenue:
      1. Modify the signal timing during the weekday AM and Saturday peak periods. During the weekday AM peak period, shift 4 seconds of green time from the pedestrian phase to the northbound/southbound phase. During the Saturday peak period, shift 2 seconds of green time from the pedestrian phase to the northbound/southbound phase.
    • Kissena Boulevard and Booth Memorial Avenue:
      1. Install "No Standing 7 am - 7 pm Except Sunday" regulations along the north curb of the WB approach for 175 feet.
      2. Restripe the westbound approach from one 10-foot-wide left-turn lane and one 20-foot wide through-right lane with parking to one 10-foot-wide left-turn lane, 10 foot-wide through lane, and one 10 foot-wide parking lane which serves as a right-turn lane during specific periods.
      3. Modify the signal timing during the weekday AM, midday, PM, and Saturday peak periods - shift 2 second of green time from the eastbound/westbound phase to the southbound lead phase; the northbound/southbound phase remains the same.
  2. The applicant will enter into a Restrictive Declaration (RD) to ensure the implementation of project components relating to transportation which would avoid the potential for any significant adverse impacts. The project component is as follows:
    • Kissena Boulevard and Kalmia Avenue (the project site)
      1. Install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Kissena Boulevard and Kalmia Avenue/Site driveway.

Contact: Olga Abinader, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271; Phone: (212) 720-3493, Fax: (212) 720-3495, Email: oabinad@planning.nyc.gov.


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