Astoria Cove Development
PHA prepared the EIS for a proposed mixed-use, primarily residential development in Astoria, Queens. The proposed development consists of approximately 1,701 dwelling units (340 affordable), 117,000 gross square feet (gsf) of local retail space, a 456-seat elementary school, approximately 940 accessory parking spaces, and approximately 142,000 sf of publicly accessible open space on an 8.7-acre site. The project was certified into ULURP on April 30, 2014.
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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.
Domino Sugar Development
PHA prepared the Technical Memorandum for the proposed redevelopment of the Domino Sugar site in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on behalf of Two Trees Management. The project was approved by the City Planning Commission on March 5, 2014. The site is comprised of two parcels along Kent Avenue, just north of the Williamsburg Bridge. The 9.8-acre waterfront parcel is the location of the former Domino Sugar factory, which ceased operations in 2004, and the 1.3-acre upland parcel is currently vacant.
The redevelopment of the site
was previously evaluated in an EIS and two subsequent technical memoranda in 2010. Since completion of the 2010 EIS and technical memoranda, the site was acquired by Two Trees Management, who developed a new proposal for the site.
The 2013 Technical Memorandum prepared by PHA provided a detailed description of the proposed modificationsand detailed evaluation of the incremental changes generated by the new proposed development. Key technical areas included transportation and air quality. PHA is also providing civil engineering services for the project, including design of on-site roadways and site drainage, as
well as preparation of builders pavement plans and maintenance and protection of traffic (MPT) plans.
77 COMMERCIAL STREET
PHA prepared the EAS for the proposed development at 77 Commercial Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which was approved by the City Planning Commission on November 6, 2013. The project site is located on a waterfront block bounded by Manhattan Avenue to the east, Commercial Street to the southeast, the prolongation of Eagle Street to the south, and Newtown Creek to the west. The proposed development would consist of 720 dwelling units (200 affordable), approximately 25,720 gross square feet (gsf) of ground floor commercial space, 6,200 gsf of community facility space, and approximately 320 accessory parking spaces. The development would be located in three proposed buildings – a six-story building, a 30-story building and a 40-story building, and would incorporate development rights from the adjacent City-owned property which will be developed into Box Street Park. The project site was previously rezoned as part of the 2005 Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning, and requires discretionary approvals including a special permit, several authorizations from the City Planning Commission, and a text amendment.
PHA prepared the EAS for the proposed Greenpoint Landing development in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The proposed development requires several discretionary approvals, and the EAS focuses only on the incremental difference between the proposed development and the as-of-right development scenario. The increment assessed in the EAS consists of 707 dwelling units (431 affordable), approximately 4,900 gross square feet (gsf) of local retail space, approximately 120,000 gsf of community facility space housing a 640-seat public elementary/intermediate school, approximately 28,353 sf of public open space, and approximately 253 accessory parking spaces. The project was approved by the City Planning Commission on November 11, 2013.
The FEIS for the Rheingold Rezoning was completed on October 11, 2013. The project involves a rezoning, changes to the city map, and other actions to facilitate the development of a mixed- use residential and commercial development within an approximately six--block area in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The rezoning is expected to result in the construction of about 1,000 dwelling units and 74,000 square feet of local retail on the former site of the Rheingold Brewery.
BROOKLYN COLLEGE NOSTRAND AVENUE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ENTERS PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS
PHA served as the planning and mapping consultant on the Brooklyn College Nostrand Avenue Development Project. This project, located on the eastern edge of College's campus, will replace an existing parking lot and access road with a new mixed-use development that would provide a center for the College's Business School, retail space, and allow for the creation of a new dormitory for the college. This project would provide a better link between the campus and The Junction, a neighboring commercial area and transit hub. PHA services on this project included preparing the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) and a City Map Change application to allow the demapping a short segment of Campus Road that would be replaced by a new circulation roadway.
The EAS and Negative Declaration for this project was issued by DASNY in March 2013 and the project's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications were certified on May 20, 2013, initiating ULURP public review by the Community Board, Borough President, City Planning Commission, and City Council. CPC approval was granted on August 21, 2013 and, pending funding, construction could begin by 2015.
Micro Units Development
PHA prepared the EAS for the proposed Micro Units development in Manhattan. The project site is located at 335 East 27th Street in the Kips Bay neighborhood. The proposed project is the winner of the adAPT NYC competition, a competitive RFP to develop and operate the city’s first micro-unit apartment building. The development team consists of Monadnock Development and Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation. The project will consist of a new approximately 30,018 gross square foot (gsf) building containing 55 residential units and local retail and community facility space, with the residential units ranging from 250 to 370 square feet. The project requires several discretionary approvals, including a rezoning, a disposition of city-owned property, and other actions.
MCCARREN PARK MAPPING
PHA prepared the EAS and ULURP Application/map change drawings on behalf of the NYCDPR and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn to eliminate and close a segment of Union Avenue between North 12th Street and Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg and remap this area as an addition to McCarren Park. The project was approved by the City Planning Commission on July 10, 2013.
EAST 25TH STREET CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR NEW PEDESTRIAN PLAZA
On December 18, 2012, East 25th Street was closed to through traffic between Lexington and Third Avenues to create a new pedestrian plaza adjacent to the Baruch College campus. PHA prepared a traffic study to evaluate the effects of the street closure, and coordinated with NYCDOT for project approval. The firm was also responsible for design of the interim plaza, which is expected to remain in place until 2014. The firm is now working on the final design for the permanent plaza