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Title: The Boulevard at Hylan Plaza Positive Declaration
Special Materials
City Planning (DCP)
Environmental Assessment and Review
9/28/2016 7:00 PM

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Archived
8/29/2016
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Description

POSITIVE DECLARATION

 

Project Identification

The Boulevard at Hylan Plaza

CEQR No. 17DCP031R

ULURP Nos. TBD

SEQRA Classification: Type I

 

Lead Agency

City Planning Commission

120 Broadway, 21st Floor

New York, NY 10271

Contact: Robert Dobruskin

(212) 720-3423

 

Name, Description and Location of Proposal:

 

The Boulevard at Hylan Plaza

 

The applicant, Hylan Plaza 1339, LLC, is seeking a zoning authorization pursuant to Section 36-023 of the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) for: for a group parking facility accessory to a commercial enlargement on a zoning lot in excess of 4 acres in a C4-1 zoning district; the reduction of on-site parking requirement to facilitate the provision of approximately 34,500 sf of additional retail space on the subject site; and approval of a minor modification, M000213(A) ZAR, to the 2001 site plan further reduced the on-site parking requirement. In addition, the applicant is seeking a cross-access easement certification pursuant to ZR Section 36-592, which is a ministerial action and not subject to environmental review. The 23.7-acre project site is located at 2600 Hylan Boulevard (Block 3969, Lots 1, 6, 31, and 35) and bounded by Hylan Boulevard, Ebbitts Street, Mill Road, and Dartmouth Loop in the in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood of Staten Island Community District 2.

 

The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to enlarge an existing commercial center known as the as the Hylan Plaza Shopping Center. The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to demolish an approximately 290,100-gross-square-foot (gsf) portion of the existing 362,462-gsf commercial center and construct in its place approximately 386,705 gsf of new retail structures, including: approximately 240,612 gsf of local and destination retail uses (Use Group 6 or 10, depending on the retail use and size of establishment), approximately 41,030 gsf of Use Group 8 cinema uses, and approximately 23,159 gsf of receiving/common areas for the proposed retail uses. The applicant intends the additional space to be occupied by: a supermarket (Use Group 6); cinema (Use Group 8); restaurant space (Use Group 6); department store retail uses (Use Group 10); other non-department store retail uses (Use Group 6 or 10, depending on the size and type of establishment); and receiving/common areas. In conjunction with the retail enlargement, the project would also reconfigure and landscape the project site’s parking areas. The overall number of parking spaces provided on the project site would increase by 239 spaces (from an existing 1,414 spaces to the proposed 1,653 spaces) in a new above-grade garage and exterior landscape improvements.  With the 386,705 gsf of new retail structure that would be added as a result of the proposed project, the project site would contain approximately 459,079 gsf of retail uses and 1,653 parking spaces. With the proposed actions, the worker population of the project site is expected to increase to approximately 1,224 employees (without the proposed actions, the worker population would be 893 by 2019).

 

Currently, the project site is comprised of four tax lots: 1) tax lot 1, includes a portion of the existing one-story retail building that would be demolished in the future with the proposed actions, a one-story retail building (currently occupied by Modell’s Sporting Goods) and a drive-through Chase Bank ATM; 2) tax lot 6, which includes a one-story retail building (currently occupied by CVS) that would remain on the project site in the future with the proposed actions and an accompanying surface parking lot; 3) tax lot 31, which includes surface parking and the remaining portion of the one-story retail building that would be demolished in the future with the proposed actions; and 4) tax lot 35, which includes a one-story retail structure (currently occupied by multiple retail tenants) that would remain on the project site in the future with the proposed actions and an accompanying surface parking lot. The project site is located within a C4-1 zoning district, and contains 362,462 sf of retail uses and 1,414 parking spaces. The existing retail uses on the project site are Use Group 6, Use Group 8 and Use Group 10. The existing worker population on the project site is approximately 632.

 

As noted above, the project site is located within a C4-1 zoning district. These districts are intended for regional commercial centers where uses serve a larger area than a neighborhood shopping area. C4-1 districts permit commercial uses with a maximum FAR of 1.0 and require one accessory parking space for every 150 sf of floor area for retail/service uses. For other uses, one parking space must be provided for every 100 sf of floor area for supermarket uses and for every 4 cinema seats. For the existing development on the project site, a total of 2,454 spaces would be required based on C4-1 zoning requirements; however, as part of a previously-approved authorization, the project site received a reduction in required parking to facilitate the existing development.

 

Absent the proposed actions, the affected area would remain in its existing conditions. It is anticipated that the proposed project would be completed by 2019.

 

Statement of Significant Effect:

 

On behalf of the CPC, the Environmental Assessment and Review Division has determined, pursuant to 6 NYCRR Park 617.7, that the proposed actions may have a significant effect on the quality of the environment as detailed in the following, and that an environmental impact statement will be required:

 

1.     The actions, as proposed, may result in significant adverse impacts related to land use, zoning, and public policy in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

2.     The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse impacts on socioeconomic conditions in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

3.     The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse impacts on community facilities and services in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

4.     The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse impacts on publicly accessible open space conditions in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

5.     The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse shadow impacts in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

6.     The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse impacts on historic resources in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

7.     The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse impacts on urban design and visual resources in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

8.     The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse impacts to natural resources in the affected area.

 

9.     The actions, as proposed, may result in significant adverse hazardous materials impacts in the affected area.

 

10.  The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse impacts to water and sewer infrastructure in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

11.  The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse impacts on solid waste and sanitation services in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

12.  The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse impacts on energy consumption in the affected area.

 

13.  The actions, as proposed, may result in significant adverse impacts to traffic and parking conditions in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

14.  The actions, as proposed, may result in significant adverse impacts to air quality in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

15.  The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse impacts related to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

 

16.  The actions, as proposed, may result in significant adverse noise impacts in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

17.  The actions, as proposed, may result in significant adverse public health-related impacts.

 

18.  The actions, as proposed, may result in significant adverse impacts on neighborhood character in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

19.  The actions, as proposed, are not expected to result in significant adverse construction-related impacts.

 

Supporting Statement:

 

The above determination is based on an Environmental Assessment Statement prepared for the actions which finds that:

 

1.     Land Use, Zoning and Public Policy – The proposed actions would significantly enlarge an existing regional commercial center that is located within the coastal zone boundary.

 

2.     Socioeconomic Conditions – The proposed actions would not result in significant adverse impacts on socioeconomic conditions in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

3.     Community Facilities – The proposed actions would not result in direct or indirect effects on community facilities in the vicinity of the affected area as identified in the CEQR Technical Manual.  

 

4.     Open Space – The proposed actions would not result in direct or indirect effects on open space resources in the vicinity of the affected area as identified in the CEQR Technical Manual.  

 

5.     Shadows – The proposed actions would not introduce new shadows that could affect any nearby or adjacent sunlight-sensitive resources.

 

6.     Historic and Cultural Resources – As determined in a LPC Correspondence letter, dated 11/30/2015, no adverse impacts to historical and cultural resources are anticipated as a result of the proposed actions.

 

7.     Urban Design and Visual Resources – The proposed actions would not alter the urban design character and visual resource of the surrounding area.

 

8.     Natural Resources – The project area is located within a fully developed urban area and consists of developed or paved lots, which are devoid of natural resources, and have no habitat used by any protected species.

 

9.     Hazardous Materials – The proposed actions would induce in-ground construction on a site that has a documented history of hazardous materials potentially exposing construction workers and the public to hazardous materials.

 

10.  Water and Sewer Infrastructure – The proposed actions would not induce additional demands on infrastructure such as sewers, water supply, and water pollution control plants (WPCPs).

 

11.  Solid Waste and Sanitation – Based on Citywide solid waste generation rates identified in Table 14-1 of the CEQR Technical Manual, the proposed project would not generate more than 50 tons per week of solid waste.

 

12.  Energy – The proposed actions would result in the annual consumption of approximately 21,239,146 MBTUs, which is a very small fraction of the City’s annual consumption.

 

13.  Transportation – The proposed actions would induce new development which would result in additional vehicular trips and additional parking demand in the vicinity of the affected area.

 

14.  Air Quality – The proposed actions would induce new commercial development which could result in increased mobile source (vehicular) and stationary source (HVAC system) emissions, and would introduce new sensitive uses which could be affected by air emissions from existing large-scale residential, commercial, and institutional sources in the vicinity of the project site.

 

15.  Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change – The proposed action is not a city capital project or power plant and would not fundamentally alter the City’s solid waste management system.

 

16.  Noise – The proposed actions would introduce new sensitive receptors to an area which may be characterized by high ambient noise levels, and would induce new commercial development which could result in additional mobile-source noise.

 

17.  Public Health – The proposed actions may result in public health concerns if there are unmitigated significant adverse impacts found in other CEQR analysis areas, such as air quality, water quality, hazardous materials, or noise.

 

18.  Neighborhood Character – The proposed actions would alter the intensity of and use within the affected area which could alter existing neighborhood character by affecting land use, traffic, and/or noise.

 

19.  Construction – The proposed actions would result in temporary disruptions to the surrounding area but would not be considered significantly adverse; and would be limited to a construction period of 20 months, which is considered short-term (i.e., less than two years) according to the CEQR Technical Manual.

 

20.  The Draft Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for the proposed actions will identify and describe any other potential effects on the environment.

 

Public Scoping:

 

The CEQR lead agency hereby requests that the applicant prepare or have prepared, at their option, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in accordance with 6 NYCRR 617.9(b) and Sections 6-08 and 6-12 of Executive Order No. 91 of 1977 as amended (City Environmental Quality Review).

 

A public scoping meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00pm at the Lou Caravone Community Services Building (460 Brielle Avenue). Written comments will be accepted by the lead agency until October 12, 2016.

 

This determination has been prepared in accordance with Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law.

 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this Positive Declaration, you may contact the Project Manager, Evan Lemonides, at (212) 720-3509.


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