Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Public Scoping Meeting Re Toll Brothers Gowanus Canal Project

The Department of City Planning sent CB6 a statement declaring that Toll Brothers must prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Here are some quotations from the statement sent from CB6:

"Enclosed is the Positive Declaration for CEQR No. 08DCP033K, 363-365 Bond Street.

"A public scoping meeting has been scheduled for March 13, 2008 and will be held at the New York City Department of City Planning's Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007. The meeting will begin at 2:00 PM. Written comments will be accepted by the lead agency until March 24, 2008.

"... Toll Brothers, Inc. is proposing discretionary actions in connection with the redevelopment of one block and a portion of a second block fronting the western shore of the Gowanus Canal... The proposed development would include residential, commercial and community facility uses. The project site comprises Block 458, Lot 1, which is bounded by 1st Street to the north, the Gowanus Canal to the east, 2nd Street to the south, and Bond Street to the west...

"The proposed actions consist of the following discretionary approvals under ULURP:
*A zoning map amendment
*A zoning text amendment
*Special permits
*A possible demapping of portions of 1st and 2nd Streets"

According to the statement, the proposed project may require approvals from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the US Army Corps of Engineers, a State Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems (SPDES) permit from NYS DEC, a Tidal Wetlands permit, a Protection of Waters permit, a Long Island Well permit. Approvals may also be necessary from the city and state agencies for the allocation of funds for affordable housing.

Toll Brothers wants to develop approximately 605,380 gross square feet, including 447 residential units, 130 of which would be affordable; 1,500 gsf of commercial space; and 1,500 gsf of community facility space. 260 accessory parking spaces would be provided below grade. The proposed development would include the construction of a publicly accessible waterfront along the entire project site fronting the canal.

"The project site is adjacent to the Carroll Street Bridge ... Construction of the proposed project is anticipated to be completed by 2010."

The original documents from the Department of City Planning are available at the District Office for review during normal business hours.

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