77 COMMERCIAL STREET
PHA prepared the EAS for the proposed development at 77 Commercial Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which was certified into ULURP on August 5, 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 recently 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 certified into ULURP on July 22, 2013.
PHA prepared the EAS for the Livonia Commons development in East New York, Brooklyn, which was certified into ULURP on June 17, 2013. The project will redevelop several vacant parcels along Livonia Avenue between Van Sinderen Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. The EAS was prepared on behalf of Dunn Development Corporation, who was selected by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development through a competitive RFP to develop Phase I of the Livonia Avenue initiative. The project requires a rezoning, a disposition of city property, and several other discretionary actions. The development scenario evaluated in the EAS included 515 affordable dwelling units, 83,700 gross square feet (gsf) of retail/community facility space, and a 60,000 gsf stand-alone community facility operated by the Boys’ Club of New York.
The EIS for the proposed Rheingold Rezoning was certified into ULURP on June 6, 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.
Astoria Cove Development
PHA is currently preparing 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. A public scoping hearing was held on May 28, 2013.
BROOKLYN COLLEGE NOSTRAND AVENUE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ENTERS PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS
PHA is serving 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, would 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 include 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. PHA is also assisting in the preparation of the land use review application for a zoning map amendment necessary to facilitate the project.
PHA is working with the City University of New York (CUNY) and Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASY), in partnership with Washington Square Partners (development advisor) and Michael Kwartler & Associates (architectural advisor).
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. It is expected that the project will complete ULURP by the end of 2013 and, pending funding, could begin construction 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. The project was certified into ULURP on April 8, 2013.
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 certified into ULURP on February 19, 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.
HUDSON YARDS GROUNDBREAKING
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 4, 2012 to formally kick off construction of the Hudson Yards development, portions of which will be constructed partially on a platform over the MTA's West Side Yard. PHA is currently providing civil engineering services to Related for the first phase of development. Previously, PHA was responsible for transportation and infrastructure planning for the overall site master plan, and has also prepared environmental review documents for several zoning text amendments related to the development.