The applicant, Gun Hill Square LLC, is seeking a number of discretionary public approvals to enable the development of a mixed-use commercial and residential development consisting of a new pedestrian-oriented open-air urban shopping complex and a single residential building containing affordable senior housing for persons aged 55 and older, on an approximately 12.6-acre site located to the northwest of the interchange of the New England Thruway (I-95) and the Hutchinson River Parkway in Bronx Community District 12. The proposed actions include the disposition of City-owned property and the approval of the business terms of sale for the disposition, a zoning map amendment, zoning text amendments, a zoning special permit for a Large Scale General Development (LSGD) pursuant to the New York City (NYC) Zoning Resolution (ZR) Section 74-74, and a zoning special permit pursuant to ZR Section 74-53 to allow for an accessory parking facility with more than the prescribed maximum number of parking spaces for a LSGD under ZR Section 36-12 and to modify provisions of ZR Section 36-11 to allow rooftop parking for the proposed parking garage (“the proposed actions”).
The proposed pedestrian-focused open-air urban shopping complex would include up to approximately 395,016 gross square feet (gsf) of local and destination retail, restaurants, and fitness uses of up to approximately 40,000 gsf. The proposed development would also include senior housing; up to 180 units of affordable senior housing (181,370 gsf) would be provided in an approximately 10- to 13-story residential building located at the northwestern corner of the project site. The proposed project would result in an increase of up to 360 senior residents, and approximately 1,207 workers, compared to the No-Action condition.
A total of 1,169 accessory parking spaces would be provided for the proposed commercial and residential uses, which would consist of at-grade spaces and a multi-level accessory parking garage with rooftop parking. In addition, the proposed development would include approximately one acre of privately-owned, publicly accessible open space. The proposed development would have three points of entry for pedestrians and vehicles, including two signalized intersections on East Gun Hill Road and an additional unsignalized entrance from Edson Avenue. Vehicles would be able to exit the project site from these access points, as well as from an additional new unsignalized egress point from the accessory parking garage on East Gun Hill Road at the northern end of the project site.
Construction of the proposed project would commence at the end of 2017 and full occupancy and operation of the proposed development is expected by 2019. As such, the analysis year for environmental analysis purposes is 2019.
The proposed project would require several City approvals. It is anticipated that the following discretionary public actions would be required to facilitate the proposed project:
Prior to the proposed disposition of City-owned property to the applicant, approval is required from the MTA Board authorizing the surrender of the MTA’s leasehold interest in the project site (which is anticipated to occur once City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) and Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) procedures are completed). In addition, public financing may be sought by the applicant for the senior housing component of the proposed project in order to provide affordable senior housing units. Dependent on the public funding source for the affordable senior housing component of the project, review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) may be required. Also, a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation would be required to permit the discharge of stormwater during construction.
On July 2, 2014, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency for the CEQR environmental review, issued an Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) and a Positive Declaration for the project indicating that there was the potential for adverse environmental impacts due to the project and directed that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) be prepared. At the same time, a Draft Scope of Work for an Environmental Impact Statement was issued for public comment. To receive public comments, a public Scoping Meeting was held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the Bronx Community Board 12 Office, 4101 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY 10466. The public comment period was extended beyond the required 10 days after the Scoping Meeting and written comments were accepted through 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
On January 13, 2017, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development issued the Final Scope of Work, DEIS, and the Notice of Completion for the DEIS, which marked the beginning of the public comment period on this document. A Technical Memorandum (Technical Memorandum 001) was issued on May 5, 2017. A public hearing on the DEIS was held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the Department of City Planning located at 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007, in conjunction with the City Planning Commission’s citywide public hearing pursuant to ULURP, to receive comments related to the DEIS and Technical Memorandum 001 for the proposed Baychester Square project in accordance with Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law. Comments on the DEIS and Technical Memorandum were accepted until 5:00 PM on Monday, May 22, 2017. On June 9, 2017, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Notice of Completion for the FEIS, marking the completion of the project’s CEQR environmental review.
The environmental review documents can be downloaded from CEQR Access.