East New York Rezoning
PHA prepared the DEIS for the East New York Rezoning, which was certified into ULURP on September 21, 2015. The rezoning, proposed by NYCDCP and NYCHPD, would affect an approximately 190-block area of the East New York / Cypress Hills and Ocean Hill neighborhoods, and is expected to facilitate new residential, commercial, community facility, and manufacturing development, including approximately 6,312 dwelling units. The goals of the rezoning include creation of affordable housing, along with economic growth and job opportunities for residents. (Rendering at left: NYCDCP)
The Whitney Museum of American Art opened its new building in the Meatpacking District on May 1, 2015. PHA provided civil engineering design services for the project, including design of street elements within the public right-of-way, design of the street geometry, roadway design, grading, signage, site connection plans as well as utility design and coordination.
290 Dyckman Street Project Receives Approval
PHA prepared an Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) in support of a zoning variance application by 290 Dyckman Properties, LLC in order to allow the conversion of a vacant commercial building into a Manhattan Mini Storage facility at 290 Dyckman Street in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. The zoning variance was required because the building, which was constructed in the 1920s and in the past has been occupied by industrial and commercial uses, is divided into a commercial zoning district and a residential zoning district, which unlike the commercial zoning district does not permit the proposed mini storage use.
In addition to the EAS, PHA provided testimony at Community Board and Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) public hearings. BSA approved the application on December 9th, 2014. Manhattan Mini Storage expects to convert the building and open the new facility in 2015.
Tavern on the Green Renovation
PHA provided civil engineering services as a subconsultant to Swanke Hayden Connell Architects for the renovation of Tavern on the Green in Central Park. PHA's responsibilities including developing the grading plan and drainage design for the front courtyard and rear service yard. The restaurant reopened on April 24, 2014 after a two-year construction period.