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ENB Region 2 Notices 6/16/2021

Public Notice

Notice of Public Comment Period

Project Title:

2021 Jamaica Bay 26th Ward High-Level Sewer Separation Modification to Order on Consent between the City of New York and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, DEC Case # CO2-20110512-25, a.k.a. NYC CSO Order.

Counties:

New York (Manhattan), Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn), Bronx (Bronx) and Queens (Queens)

Lead Agency:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Brief Description:

The NYC CSO Order was executed between the NYS DEC and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) in 2005 and has been modified several times since executed. The NYC CSO Order includes various milestones and projects associated with abatement of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) within New York City. Based on additional analyses, the parties identified changes to the NYC CSO Order. Pursuant to Paragraphs XVI.A and D.3 of the 2005 CSO Order, NYS DEC is required to publicly notice "[i]n the event of a substantive and significant modification to the construction compliance schedules provided for in this Order." The 2021 Jamaica Bay 26th Ward High-Level Sewer Separation Modification to the NYC CSO Order consists of deletion of the following Appendix A milestones:

Consent Order, Appendix A Current Milestone Date New Milestone Date
XII.B, 26th Ward High Level Sewer Separation, 10. Phase 3 - Initiate Design April 1, 2017 Deleted
XII.B, 26th Ward High Level Sewer Separation, 11. Phase 3 - Design Completion March 2019 Deleted
XII.B, 26th Ward High Level Sewer Separation, 12. Phase 3 - Notice to Proceed to Construction March 2020 Deleted
XII.B, 26th Ward High Level Sewer Separation, 13. Phase 3 - Construction Completion December 2022 Deleted

In January 2013, the NYS DEC approved the 2011 Jamaica Bay Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan (WWFP). The WWFP included a project to complete high-level sewer separation (HLSS) in approximately 443 acres within the drainage basin for Fresh Creek. The NYC DEP proposed constructing the project in three phases, and the total estimated construction cost at the time was $111 million. Since implementation of the HLSS project commenced in 2012, the scope and location of the HLSS was modified several times to accommodate characteristics of the drainage basin. Phase 1 of the HLSS was completed in 2018. Phase 2 of the HLSS project is currently in construction. Design of Phase 3 was initiated in 2017, but in 2019, the NYC DEP encountered unforeseen field conditions where the HLSS was to be implemented. In particular, the NYC DEP identified interference with a major fuel line to JFK Airport operated by Buckeye Partners and inadequate sewer coverage at three locations within the Phase 3 HLSS area. The proposed redesign of the Phase 3 HLSS to address these unforeseen field conditions increased the construction costs for Phase 3 HLSS from $62.5 million to $244 million. In light of the increased costs, the NYC DEP reevaluated the cost-effectiveness of the project and the impacts to water quality if the Phase 3 HLSS was eliminated. The modeling results indicate that projected water quality attainment levels in Fresh Creek for fecal coliform and dissolved oxygen would not be adversely impacted by elimination of the Phase 3 HLSS. Based on these modeling results, NYS DEC concurs with the elimination of the Phase 3 HLSS.

Document Availability:

Hard copies of the 2005 CSO Order and approved modifications are available for public review at the following offices of the NYS DEC and NYC DEP:

  • NYS DEC - Division of Water, Office of the Director of the Bureau of Water Compliance, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506.
  • NYS DEC - Region 2 Office, Division of Water, attention: Selvin Southwell, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101.
  • NYC DEP - Bureau of Legal Affairs, attention: Diana Dellafiora, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11373, Phone: (718) 595-6555.

Questions regarding the 2021 Jamaica Bay 26th Ward High-Level Sewer Separation Modification can be directed to: Ryan Waldron, NYS DEC - Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506, Phone: (518) 402-8244 Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail: ryan.waldron@dec.ny.gov.


Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Action Work Plan from 4720 VCD, LLC for a site known as the Former Sears Auto Center Site, site ID #C203147. This site is located in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx, and is located at 4720 Third Avenue, 4734 Third Avenue and 448 East 189th Street.

Access the application, Draft Remedial Action Work Plan and other relevant documents online through the DECinfo Locator: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C203147/. The documents will also be available at the document repository once reopened, located at the New York Public Library Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458; and at the Bronx Community Board 6, 1932 Arthur Avenue, Room 403-A, Bronx, NY 10457.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to: Daniel McNally, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9143, E-mail: daniel.mcnally@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by July 31, 2021.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3.

We would also encourage those interested in receiving information on future activities at this site or any other site to sign up to NYS DEC's Contaminated Sites E-mail List at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/61092.html.

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to "greenfield" (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on the New York State's Brownfield program is available at NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from 473 President LLC for a site known as 514 Union Street, site ID #C224318. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 514 Union Street.

Access the application and other relevant documents online through the DECinfo Locator: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C224318/. The documents will also be available at the document repository once reopened, located at the Brooklyn Public Library Carroll Gardens Branch, 396 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231; and at the Brooklyn Community Board 6, 250 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted : Richard Mustico, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY, 12233-7016, Phone: (518) 402-9647, E-mail: richard.mustico1@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by July 16, 2021.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3.

We would also encourage those interested in receiving information on future activities at this site or any other site to sign up to NYS DEC's Contaminated Sites E-mail List at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/61092.html.

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to "greenfield" (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on the New York State's Brownfield program is available at NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.


Fact Sheet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from BLDG Orchard, LLC for a site known as 42-24 Orchard Street, site ID #C241256. This site is located in Long Island City within the Borough of Queens, and is located at 43-01 to 43-43 Queens Street and 42-22 to 42-24 Orchard Street

Access the application, Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan and other relevant documents online through the DECinfo Locator: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C241256/. The documents will also be available at the document repository once reopened, located at Queens Public Library at Long Island City, 37-44 21 Street, Long Island City, NY 11101 and Queens Community Board 2, 43-22 50th Street, Woodside, NY 11377.

There are several ways to comment on BCP applications and work plans. Comments can be submitted to: Jared Donaldson, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7015, Phone: (518) 402-9176, E-mail: jared.donaldson@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be submitted by July 16, 2021.

Site information can be viewed by entering the site ID noted above at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3.

We would also encourage those interested in receiving information on future activities at this site or any other site to sign up to NYS DEC's Contaminated Sites E-mail List at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/61092.html.

What is the Brownfield Cleanup Program?

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) is designed to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities. The BCP is an alternative to "greenfield" (land not previously developed or contaminated) development and is intended to remove some of the barriers to, and provide tax incentives for, the redevelopment of brownfields. Since its inception (2003), the BCP has catalyzed the cleanup of more than 300 contaminated sites statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP.

Additional information on the New York State's Brownfield program is available at NYS DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.


Negative Declaration

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cooper Park Commons will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the several discretionary actions requested by the project sponsor, Maspeth Manager LLC, to facilitate the new construction of affordable and supportive housing, commercial space, and community facility space (proposed project) located at 288-298 Jackson Street, 2-20 Kingsland Avenue, 28 Kingsland Avenue, 276 Jackson Street, 302 Jackson Street, and 29 Debevoise Avenue (project area) in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, Community District 1, New York. The project area contains eight buildings that compose the former Greenpoint Hospital Complex, which has been determined eligible for listing on the State and/or National Register of Historic Places (S/NR). The proposed actions would result in the adaptive reuse of two historic buildings, the main wing of the former Main Hospital Building and the former Nurses' Residence on the Development Site. As the Greenpoint Hospital Complex is S/NR eligible, a feasibility study was completed to evaluate if there were any alternatives to demolishing the North Wing of the Main Hospital Building and the Power Plant. In consideration of the proposed project's purpose and need to provide much needed affordable housing and community resources and amenities, as well as the constraints associated with retaining and utilizing the North Wing of the Main Hospital building and the Power Plant as part of the proposed project, it was determined that there is no prudent and feasible alternative to the demolition of these buildings. Consultation with New York State's Historic Preservation Office (NYS HPO) regarding the proposed design of the proposed design of the proposed project is a stipulation of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to be executed among the Project Sponsor, NYC HPD and NYS HPO

Contact: Matthew Juliana, NYC HPD, 100 Gold Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 863-8575, E-mail: JulianaM@hpd.nyc.gov.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Beach 79 Self Storage Rezoning will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, 79 Arverne Development LLC, seeks a zoning map amendment for the project area to modify the underlying zoning district from M1-1 to M1-2 in the Arverne neighborhood of Queens Community District 14. The proposed rezoning to an M1-2 district would facilitate a new self-storage facility that would not be permitted in the existing M1-1 district. In the future with the proposed actions, the project site (Block 16100, Lots 14, 16, and 18) will comprise two buildings. Building A (Block 16100, Lot 14) would remain in its existing condition, housing approximately 34,541 gross square foot of light industrial uses, and a new building, Building B (Block 16100, Lots 16 and 18), would be constructed as an approximately 146,000 gross square foot self-service storage facility. The proposed project would result in similar development as compared to the No-Action condition and would be constructed as-of-right in the proposed M1-2 zoning district. The project is located at 350 Beach 79th Street in 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, E-mail: oabinad@planning.nyc.gov.


Queens County (Queens) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Wildflower Studios will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the Applicant, WF Industrial IV LLC, for a special permit, authorizations, and certification related to Waterfront Zoning regulations (collectively, Proposed Actions) as well as permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NSY DEC) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to facilitate development at 35‐15 19th Avenue in Astoria neighborhood of Queens, Community District 1 (Block 814, Lot 10; Development Site), New York. The Proposed Actions would facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to construct a seven story, 160 foot tall (to the top of the bulkhead) media production studio (Use Group 10A), totaling 715,000 gross square foot, including accessory off‐street parking (310 attended parking spaces) and loading. The Applicant also intends to develop an approximately 34,620 square foot publicly accessible open space, including a waterfront public access area situated along Luyster Creek. The project is located at 1 Steinway Place in Astoria, 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, E-mail: oabinad@planning.nyc.gov.


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