Public Hearing Notice on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit (MTA NYCT) has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), pursuant to New York State under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Article 8 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), and will be holding a public hearing on the proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant (EVP) for the Lexington Avenue Subway Line between 33rd Street/Park Avenue South and Grand Central Terminal/42nd Street Station.
Description of Alternatives
The action considers 13 alternative sites which were initially identified in the Draft Scoping Document. The alternatives considered include EVPs proposed to be located between East 36th to East 39th Streets on the side streets east and west of Park Avenue, and northbound on Park Avenue. From these 13 alternatives, two Candidate Alternatives, 11 and 12, were identified for further evaluation. After the Final Scoping Document and Alternatives Analysis/Feasibility Evaluation were issued, MTA NYCT identified two options related to Alternatives 11 and 12 that it judged offered the potential to reduce the EVP facility presence on Park Avenue by placing elements of the EVP on side streets. These are referred to as Alternatives 11A and 12A.
- Alternative 11 is located along Park Avenue northbound between East 37th and East 39th Streets; and,
- Alternative 11A presents an “L” shaped configuration, with one “leg” between East 38th and East 39th Street on northbound Park Avenue and the other “leg” on East 38th Street, east from Park Avenue towards Lexington Avenue.
- Alternative 12 is located along Park Avenue northbound between East 36th and East 38th Streets; and,
- Alternative 12A presents an “L” shaped configuration, with one “leg” on Park Avenue northbound between East 36th and East 37th Street and the other “leg” on East 37th Street, East from Park Avenue towards Lexington Avenue.
New York City Transit (NYCT) analysis indicates that Alternatives 11A and 12A engender more significant adverse engineering and environmental effects/impacts than Alternatives 11 & 12. After a comparison between Alternatives 11 and 12, Alternative 12 indicates a greater potential to minimize adverse impacts than Alternative 11. This difference results from the presence of an Oil-o-Static line and associated manhole utility located northbound on Park Avenue. Specifically, Alternative 11 would require relocation of the Oil-o-Static line and associated manhole utility whereas, Alternative 12 would minimize potential effects to this utility. Thus, NYCT tentatively considers Alternative 12 to be the preferred EVP alternative, pending MTA NYCT review and analysis of the public and agency comments on the DEIS.
Date, Time, and Place of the Hearing
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. (Registration will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters
William J. Ronan Board Room, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10004
to Bowling Green
to Whitehall Street
to South Ferry or
to Broad Street
M15 (Local or SBS), M20, X1, X10, or X17.
By Staten Island Ferry: Take to Whitehall Terminal
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Security Requirement: All attendees must provide a government-issued photo identification to enter the building. In order to expedite the check-in process, we ask that you register in advance
Repository Locations for the DEIS
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be downloaded here and the hard copies of the DEIS document are available for public viewing at the following locations:
|228 E 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
|455 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016
Grand Central Branch Library
|135 E 46th St
New York, NY 10017
Kip’s Bay Library
|446 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
Manhattan Community Board 6
|866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 308
New York, NY 10017
Manhattan Community Board 5
|450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2109
New York, NY 10123