The City of New York, acting through the New York City (NYC) Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), is proposing a series of land use actions, including zoning map amendments, zoning text amendments, disposition and acquisition of property, and the designation and approval of an Urban Renewal Area and Plan (“the Proposed Actions”) to implement recommendations of a comprehensive plan to redevelop and revitalize an approximately 23-block area of the Downtown Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, Community District 14 (“the Project Area”). The affected area is generally bounded by Cornaga Avenue to the south; Beach 22nd Street, Beach Channel Drive and Redfern Avenue to the west and northwest; Gateway Boulevard to the southeast; and Central Avenue and Nameoke Avenue to the east and northeast.
Within the Project Area, the Proposed Actions are anticipated to facilitate construction of new residential, commercial, community facility, and public plaza space. The reasonable worst case development scenario (RWCDS) for the Proposed Actions is comprised of new floor area in the proposed Urban Renewal Area, two Disposition Sites, and 19 Projected Development Sites, which are all expected to be developed by the analysis year of 2032 (future With Action condition). The development of these sites is expected to result in an incremental increase (comparing the future No Action with the future With Action condition) of approximately 3,123 dwelling units (DUs), 164,595 gross square feet (gsf) of retail space, 80,947 gsf of community facility space, and 30,000 sf of new publicly accessible plaza space (the “Proposed Project”). The RWCDS also identifies nine Potential Development Sites which are considered possible but less likely to be developed by the analysis year of 2032.
The proposed project would be facilitated by the following discretionary actions:
Finally, a number of Projected and Potential Development Sites within the Rezoning Area and portions of the DFURA along Redfern Avenue are built within mapped street widening lines. Future development on these sites assumes that property owners would follow a series of administrative actions to comply with General City Law Section (GCL) 35 provisions, whereby the owners would submit an application for a GCL 35 waiver at the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA). Following this submission, the BSA would submit the application to DOT for review and approval.
On August 19, 2016, 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 significant adverse environmental impacts 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 (EIS) was issued for public comment. To receive public comments, a public Scoping Meeting was held on September 20, 2016. Written comments on the Draft Scope of Work were accepted until October 3, 2016.
The Final Scope of Work, DEIS, and Notice of Completion for the DEIS were issued on January 27, 2017, which marked the beginning of the DEIS public comment period. A Technical Memorandum (Technical Memorandum 001) was issued on April 26, 2017, to evaluate potential impacts of the A-Application (amended ULURP application, comprised of a series of modifications to the Proposed Actions, including zoning text amendments and zoning map amendments, that were crafted in response to feedback on the application, to allow for additional development projects that meet the purpose and need for the Proposed Actions, and to ensure successful site planning on a complex and irregular site). A joint DEIS/ULURP Hearing to collect comments on the DEIS and Technical Memorandum 001 was held on May 24, 2017. Written comments on the DEIS and Technical Memorandum 001 were accepted until June 5, 2017.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Notice of Completion for the FEIS were issued on June 29, 2017, which marked the completion of this environmental review.
The environmental review documents can be downloaded from CEQR Access.