This is a public notification for the potential permanent and temporary use of a portion of Monsignor Raul Del Valle Square Park (Del Valle Square Park) for the installation of Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliant elevators. The Del Valle Square Park qualifies as a Section 4(f) resource because it is publicly owned land of a public park. The feature qualifying the Del Valle Square Park as a Section 4(f) resource is that it is open space accessible to the public.
The use of a Section 4(f) resource may not be approved unless a determination is made that either:
- there is no feasible and prudent avoidance alternative to the use of the land from the property and the action includes all possible planning to minimize harm
- the use of the property will have a de minimis impact.
This public notification is required as part of MTA New York City Transit's (MTA NYC Transit’s) application to the Federal Transit Administration for a Section 4(f) de minimis impact determination pursuant to 23 CFR 774.3(b).
New York City Transit believes the permanent and temporary use of the Del Valle Square Park will have a de minimis impact because the Project will not affect the features, attributes, or activities qualifying the property for protection under Section 4(f) (23 CFR Part 774.17 (5)). The Del Valle Square Park will remain open space accessible to the public.
Public notice and an opportunity for public comment are required prior to making a de minimis impact determination.
Description of the Hunts Point Avenue Station Project
Built and opened in 1919, the Hunts Point Avenue station is a NYC Transit subway station on the Pelham
line in the Bronx. The Hunts Point Avenue station has two island platforms and three tracks. The two station entrance stairs and subway vents are located on a paved traffic island known as Del Valle Square Park.
NYC Transit is undertaking a Project, the installation of ADA elevators to make the Hunts Point Avenue station ADA compliant and easily accessible to people with disabilities. NYC Transit plans to install three ADA elevators and two vent posts to serve this underground station. One street level elevator, located in the unpaid zone, will provide access from street level to the subway mezzanine. Two underground elevators, located in the mezzanine paid zone, will provide access both to northbound and southbound platforms serving the local and express trains.
Both underground elevators will protrude out of the ground. NYC Transit will provide concrete enclosures for these underground elevators with the proper waterproofing. One 10-inch diameter tree will be removed and one light pole will be relocated during construction. The tree replacement will comply with the NYC Parks Department Basal Replacement formula. Additional space in the Del Valle Square Park will be temporarily occupied for equipment staging and lay-up.
Click here to see the Proposed Site Plan of the Hunts Point Avenue Station.
Potential Impact of Project to a Section 4(f) Resource
During construction, the Del Valle Square Park will be temporarily used for equipment/material staging and lay-up for roughly two years. During this period, space for the weekday Farmer’s Market will be provided, as well as a safe passageway through a detour, making it possible for the public to access the subway station through the Park. NYC Transit will provide the community with advance notice of the detour through various media, including posting signs within the station, placing a notice in the local newspaper and posting a notice on the MTA website inform the public of the upcoming work at Hunts Point Avenue station. This use is temporary, and space will still be available for the Farmer’s Market, and allow the public to access the station. Currently, the size of the Del Valle Square Park that is public open space is approximately 16,500 square feet. After installation of the aboveground ADA elevator, approximately 15,000 square feet will be public open space. The Del Valle Square Park will continue to be open space, accessible to the public.
This public notification provides an opportunity for public review and comment concerning the effects on the feature that qualifies the Del Valle Square Park for protection under Section 4(f). After the Project is completed, the park will be restored according to NYC Parks Department requirements, and continue to function as open public space.
Monsignor Raul Del Valle Square Park, above Hunts Point Avenue station.
Section 4(f) de minimis Impact Determination Pursuant to 23 CFR 774.3(b)
It is the intent of NYC Transit to seek a Section 4(f) de minimis impact determination pursuant to 23 CFR 774.3(b) for the permanent and temporary use of Del Valle Square Park from the Federal Transit Administration, the lead agency. A de minimis impact is one that will not adversely affect the features, attributes, or activities qualifying the property for protection under Section 4(f). Construction impacts will be temporary, and the park will be restored according to NYC Parks Department requirements when the Project is completed. The Del Valle Square Park will continue to function as public open space. Prior to making this determination, a public review of the permanent and temporary use of the Section 4(f) resource must be conducted.
Based on the aforementioned information, NYC Transit invites you to submit comments concerning the effects of the Project on the Del Valle Square Park. Comments will be accepted until July 2, 2011, thirty (30) days after the posting of this message on the MTA website and the publication of an advertisement in a local newspaper. Please send comments to:
MTA New York City Transit
Government and Community Relations
2 Broadway, 17th fl, Rm. D17.111
New York, NY 10004
Attn: Hunts Point Avenue ADA Elevator Project