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ENB Region 2 Notices 2/24/2021

Negative Declaration

Bronx County (Bronx) - The New York City School Construction Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed PS X195 X196 (X77) School Addition Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the New York City School Construction Authority on behalf of the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), to construct an approximately 608-seat addition to Public School (P.S.) 195 and P.S. 196 (two schools organizations
co-located in the same building) located at 1250 Ward Avenue in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. The
project would involve the construction of an approximately 83,000 gross square foot addition.

Contact: Kelly Murphy, New York City Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101. Phone:(718) 472-8307, E-mail: kmurphy@nycsca.org.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Pier 76 Renovation Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the conversion of Pier 76 from an empty New York City Police Department vehicle tow pound to an accessible and usable open space for the public.

The Hudson River Park is a four-mile long public park and estuarine sanctuary along the shoreline of Manhattan managed by the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT). HRPT was established in 1998 by the Hudson River Park Act, an act which specified both the Park's boundaries as well as allowable uses on each pier dedicated to the Park. Pier 76 was included in the original plans for the Park but public access to the pier has been delayed while it served as a vehicle tow pound operated by the New York Police Department.

The Hudson River Park Act was amended in 2020 to provide a timeline for the New York Police Department to vacate Pier 76 and for New York City to transfer its interest in the pier to the NYS OPRHP. The 2020 amendment also retained the existing mandate that at least fifty percent of the pier must be dedicated to passive and active open space. Plans for how the Pier will ultimately be repurposed will come at a later stage of development, and coordination of that effort will be undertaken by HRPT. During this interim stage of development, NYS OPRHP will remove the existing warehouse-like structure and ready the pier for public access and then turn over operational control to HRPT. The goal of this interim stage of planning and development is to make the pier accessible and usable by the public, in order to fulfill the longstanding mandate in the Hudson River Park Act and a high priority of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The physical location of Pier 76 is within a gap of the Hudson River Park between Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen Neighborhoods. Pier 76 will reduce the size of this gap. Conversion of Pier 76 into a public space is critical as this area of Manhattan is underserved by public open space opportunities.

The Project involves the removal of the existing roofing materials and siding from the underlying steel structure. The existing steel structure will be retained on the site. The area around and above the concessionaire is not included in the Project, therefore the existing roof membrane and steel siding on the Pier structure will remain in this area.

Environmental sampling indicates that on-site materials contains friable and non-friable asbestos, such as the roofing material and based on the age of the existing steel structure the paint is assumed to be lead-based paint. As part of the Project, these materials will be removed by and through an emergency contract with New York State Office of General Services, Design and Construction, in order the make the site safer for further demolition.

Following the removal of the roof and the metal siding, NYS OPRHP proposes to mill the existing asphalt surface within and adjacent to the footprint of the existing Pier building and apply a new asphalt surfacing within the bounds of the areas designated for passive recreational use. An industrial paint coating system will be applied to the lower portion of the remaining steel members and colored sports surfacing will be applied on the asphalt. The final design of the renovated facility will include the placement of large precast planters, installation of LED lighting fixtures, installation of shade structures over limited areas of the interior of the Pier, and installation of a railing on the Pier to bound the areas designated for passive recreational use.

While NYS OPRHP is completing this interim stage of development, there is an expectation that the pier will be more fully repurposed by HRPT in conformance with the Hudson River Park Act. Planning for the later stage of development has not begun, therefore, any assessment of the impacts from fully repurposing of the site would be speculative and are not considered part of this Project. At the conclusion of NYS OPRHP's action, the site will be open for public use and once leased to HRPT, any maintenance of the site will be governed by the lease agreement.

The project is located at approximately 408 12th Avenue (intersection of 12th Avenue and 34th Street) in Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Ron Rausch, NYS OPRHP 625 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12180. Phone: (518) 474-0409, E-mail: Ron.Rausch@parks.ny.gov.


Positive Declaration, Availability of Draft Scope and Public Scoping Session

Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Department of City Planning, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Halletts North may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The Draft Scope is available from contact listed below and on line at: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/eis-documents.page. A public scoping session on the Draft Scope will be held virtually on March 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. visit the following for information on joining the meeting: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nycengage/index.page. Written comments on the Draft Scope will be accepted until April 1, 2021.

The action involves a request by the applicant, Astoria Owners, LLC, for a zoning map amendment, a zoning text amendment, a New York City Map amendment, a waterfront special permit, waterfront authorizations, and a waterfront certification by the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) Chairperson (collectively, the Proposed Actions) affecting an approximately 3.8 acre site in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens Community District 1, New York.

The Proposed Actions would facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to develop a new approximately 1,044,452 gross square foot mixed-use development (Proposed Project) on approximately 164,392 square foot of lot area (Development Site). The Proposed Project would be comprised of approximately 1,400 dwelling units (DUs) (approximately 1,031,117 gross square foot of residential area), of which 350 DUs would be affordable; approximately 3,590 gross square foot of local retail space; approximately 9,745 gross square foot of community facility space; 525 accessory parking spaces; and 41,363 square foot of publicly accessible open space. The anticipated Build Year is 2031.

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


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Empire Station Complex Civic and Land Use Improvement Project. A virtual public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on March 29, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. instructions to register for the public hearing are available at: https://esd.ny.gov/empire-station-complex. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until April 28, 2021. The Draft EIS is available from the contact listed below and on line at: https://esd.ny.gov/empire-station-complex.

The action involves a comprehensive redevelopment initiative that would: result in a revitalized, transit-oriented mixed use district centered around New York's Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station) and new transit and public realm improvements to enhance access to the area's transportation network; and support the reconstruction and potential expansion of Penn Station.

The Proposed Project would result in the development of ten new buildings on eight development sites in the Project Area. The Project's developments would incorporate new onsite entrances and access ways to Penn Station and public transit. The Project's public realm improvements would enhance the surrounding streetscape and address open space and pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular circulation.

To allow for the implementation of the Project, ESD would override the New York City Zoning Resolution and other local laws and requirements, as applicable.

The Project's anticipated completion date is 2038 for full Project build-out, subject to market conditions, including demand for the commercial space that comprises the substantial portion of the new development within the Project Area.

The project is generally bounded by Sixth and Ninth Avenues and West 30th and West 34th Streets in Midtown Manhattan, in Community Districts 4 and 5, New York. The Project Area includes all or portions of nine Manhattan tax blocks-Blocks 754, 755, 780, 781, 783, 806, 807, 808, and 809-that encompass Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and Moynihan Train Hall and surrounding blocks.

Contact: Rachel Shatz, ESD, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Phone: (212) 803-2477, E-mail: rachel.shatz@esd.ny.gov.


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