The City of New York, acting through the New York City (NYC) Economic Development Corporation (EDC), in collaboration with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), and the Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks), is proposing a series of land use and other discretionary actions (collectively, the “Proposed Actions”) to implement recommendations of a comprehensive plan, the Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan and subsequent updates, to redevelop and revitalize an approximately 62-block area of the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 12. The Proposed Actions are intended to facilitate a development pattern that meets the long-term community vision for the neighborhood by extending the mixed-use character of Inwood east to the Harlem River and preserving the strong existing fabric in areas west of 10th Avenue. The area affected by this proposal is generally bounded by the Harlem River to the east, the Sherman Creek Inlet, Riverside Drive, Thayer and Dyckman streets to the south, Indian Road, Payson Avenue, Broadway and Staff Street to the west, and Broadway Bridge to the north.
As discussed in project’s environmental review documentation, including Technical Memorandum 003, which analyzes changes to the project considered by the City Council, within this area, over a 15-year period, the Proposed Actions are expected to result in an incremental increase over the future condition without the Proposed Project (the “No Action condition”) of approximately 3,908 dwelling units (DUs) (3,409,953 sf of residential floor area), including either 1,370 or 1,606 affordable units (depending on which Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) option is selected), 1,155,171 sf of commercial space, 450,151 sf of community facility space, and a net reduction of up to 197 accessory parking spaces (depending on which MIH option is selected; the “Proposed Project”).
The FEIS incorporated the amended Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application (the “A-Application”) that addresses issues raised just before or shortly after the January 12, 2018 issuance of the DEIS. The A-Application consists 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 the development of projects that better meet the purpose and need for the Proposed Actions. Potential environmental impacts of the A-Application were evaluated in Technical Memorandum 001, completed between the DEIS and the FEIS. The evaluation of the Proposed Actions in this FEIS incorporated the modifications associated with the A-Application. Following the publication of the FEIS, Technical Memoranda 002 and 003 considered modifications to the proposed project by the City Planning Commission and City Council, respectively.
The proposed Inwood Rezoning Project requires approval of several discretionary actions, as proposed to be modified by City Council:
Finally, in addition to financing by HPD, the selected developer of the library site would obtain funding from the New York City Housing Development Corporation (NYCHDC) to facilitate that potential development.
On August 11, 2017, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development (ODMHED), 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 directing that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) be prepared. At the same time, a Draft Scope of Work for a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was issued for public comment. A public scoping meeting was held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6 PM at JHS 52, Inwood Junior High School, 650 Academy Street, New York, NY 10034. The deadline for public comments was extended twice; written comments were accepted until Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5 PM.
On January 12, 2018, the ODMHED 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. On April 17, 2018, the ODMHED issued Technical Memorandum 001 describing changes proposed in an amended land use application. A public hearing on the DEIS and Technical Memorandum 001 was held on May 9, 2018, at 10 AM, at the City Planning Commission Hearing Room, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271, in conjunction with the City Planning Commission’s citywide public hearing pursuant to ULURP. Written comments on the DEIS and Technical Memorandum were accepted until May 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Notice of Completion for the FEIS were issued on June 14, 2018. Technical Memorandum 002, “Potential City Planning Commission Modifications”, was issued on June 22, 2018 and Technical Memorandum 003, “Potential City Council Modifications” was issued on August 3, 2018.
The environmental review documents can be downloaded from CEQR Access.