April 11, 2005
of Public Hearing on Draft Scope of Work for Preparation of a Draft
The Proposed Shaft 33B to City Tunnel No. 3, Stage 2 - Manhattan Leg
NYCDEP, as lead agency in this process, has determined that the proposed
Shaft 33B project is appropriate for analysis within the context of an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to permit the highest level of community
involvement in the environmental review process. A Draft Scope of Work
(DSOW) has been prepared that sets forth the analyses and methodologies
to be used in the preparation of the Draft EIS. Any member of the public
may obtain a copy of the DSOW by contacting NYCDEP at the address listed
at the end of this notice.
NYCDEP is proposing to improve water supply capabilities
and redundancy in the area of Midtown Manhattan by constructing a vertical
water supply shaft, Shaft 33B, and associated trunk water mains to supply
water from City Tunnel No. 3, Stage 2, Manhattan Leg to Manhattan residents.
Once constructed, the Shaft would be an unmanned, underground facility
capable of conveying water from City Tunnel No. 3 to the surface distribution
NYCDEP has performed a site screening process to evaluate potential
Shaft 33B locations and identify the preferred location for Shaft 33B
at E. 59th Street and First Avenue (on the northwest corner of E. 59th
Street in the sidewalk area). As a result of the screening process, three
feasible locations that could possibly accommodate shaft construction
in addition to the preferred site were identified. These are: E. 54th
Street and Second Avenue; E. 61st Street between First and Second Avenues
and E. 59th Street and Second Avenue. NYCDEP proposes that Shaft 33B
be located at E. 59 th Street and First Avenue generally because the
advantages of this site are more attractive and that the disadvantages
are more manageable as compared with the other feasible sites.
The primary purpose of the Draft EIS is to provide a discussion of the
potential environmental impacts associated with implementation of the
proposed Shaft 33B project at the E. 59 th Street and First Avenue site.
The three feasible alternative sites identified above will be assessed
at a level of detail that allows a comparative assessment of the engineering
and environmental issues related to each of the alternative sites.
A public meeting to obtain public comments on this DSOW
is to be held on:
||May 9, 2005
||6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
||NY Blood Center Auditorium
310 East 67th Street, NY, NY (between First and Second Avenues)
NYCDEP is inviting comments on this DSOW from other local government
agencies, local public officials, and the public. The period for submitting
written comments on the DSOW will remain open until May 19, 2005.
Requests for copies of the DSOW and/ or submissions of written comments
regarding the DSOW should be submitted to Constance Vavilis, EIS Project
Manager, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Office
of Environmental Planning and Assessment, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11
th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373. Requests for the DSOW can also be made
by telephone at 718-595-7262.