The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on behalf of the City of New York, and in coordination with 495 11th Avenue Owner Realty LLC, is proposing a series of land use actions to activate a city-owned site in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan, referred to as the 495 Eleventh Avenue site or the “project site,” with new affordable and market-rate housing, dormitory and commercial uses, and a New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) parking facility (the “proposed project”). The project site is located on a block bounded by West (W.) 40st Street to the north, Eleventh Avenue to the east, W. 39th Street to the south, and Twelfth Avenue to the west, and has a lot area of approximately 24,687 square feet (sf) (0.57 acres). Since 1992 the project site has been used as an NYPD parking facility.
Pursuant to City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR), an environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared. The EIS will analyze a Reasonable Worst-Case Development Scenario (RWCDS) that considers the worst-case development potential for environmental effects in each technical area.
For the purposes of presenting a conservative analysis, the RWCDS anticipates that the 495 Eleventh Avenue project site would be redeveloped with up to 250 residential dwelling units (“DUs”), comprising a total residential floor area of 224,123 gross square feet (gsf); 275,538 gsf of commercial space; 140,232 gsf of dormitory space; 50,697 gsf of mechanical space; and a 26,856 gsf parking garage. The NYPD parking facility would occupy the cellar level and part of the ground floor level. It would provide 55 parking spaces distributed across the two levels. Commercial uses in the proposed project include office space, a retail supermarket, and building amenities. The two-story retail supermarket would occupy the remainder of the ground floor as well as part of the second floor. Building amenities would be available for use by the public and building occupants. The amenity spaces would include a food court and a physical culture establishment (gym). Approximately 244,926 gsf of commercial office space would be provided. The dormitory space would provide approximately 670 beds. Each floor of the dormitory would provide beds for approximately 67 students. Residential uses would provide approximately 250 DUs, of which 71 DUs would be restricted to households with incomes up to 80% of area-wide median income (“AMI”) (affordable DUs) and the remainder, 179 DUs, would be restricted to households with incomes between 80% and 130% of AMI. While mechanical uses would be distributed throughout the Proposed Project, two upper floors would be programmed entirely for mechanical uses. Other upper floor features would include a central energy plant tower, an urban garden, a cooling tower, and an alternative energy plant. The build year for the proposed project is 2023.
It is anticipated that the proposed 495 Eleventh Avenue project will require approval of several discretionary city actions, including the following:
On March 23, 2018 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 directed 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 Monday, April 30, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. at Beacon High School, Auditorium, Room 701, 7th Floor, 522 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. The comment period for the Draft Scope of Work ended on May 10, 2018.
The environmental review documents can be downloaded from CEQR Access.