The Proposed Project entails the creation of a Special Governors Island District on the North Island, a new zoning district that would generally allow commercial uses in the existing R3-2 district; the reuse and re-tenanting of approximately 1.2 million square feet of space in existing historic structures; the full development of the Park and Public Space Master Plan for the entire Island; and expanded seven day per week ferry service to support the re-tenanted buildings and the new public space.
To create a vibrant, mixed-use destination that is envisioned for the Island, a public planning effort was undertaken that resulted in a plan that would be implemented over a number of years, with development and tenancy of the Island proceeding in multiple phases. Construction is underway on Phase 1 of the project, consisting of park and public space development and infrastructure improvements, previously analyzed in the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement for the Phased Redevelopment of Governors Island (2011 FGEIS) issued in December 2011.
The Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) examines the potential cumulative impacts of the Proposed Project along with Phase 1, which was previously approved. The renovation and re-tenanting of the North Island buildings and full development of the Park and Public Space Master Plan is expected to be complete in 2022, while the completion of the South Island Development Zones – two areas set aside for future mixed-use development – is anticipated by 2030.
Governors Island is located in New York Harbor, approximately 800 yards south of Manhattan and 400 yards west of Brooklyn. Governors Island is Block 1, Lot 10, in Manhattan Community District 1.
On December 5, 2012, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, issued a Positive Declaration and Draft Scope of Work for the Phased Redevelopment of Governors Island: North Island Re-Tenanting and Park and Public Space Master Plan. An Environmental Assessment Statement was not completed for the North Island Re-Tenanting based on the information in the 2011 FGEIS that the Proposed Project would require further environmental review as specific development plans are proposed. The Draft Scope of Work was issued for public comment and was used to develop an SGEIS. To receive public comments, a public Scoping Meeting was held at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at the New York City Department of City Planning’s Barrish Conference Room, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. Written comments on the Draft Scope of Work were accepted until 5:00 P.M. Friday, January 18, 2013. The Notice of Completion for the DSGEIS was issued on February 14, 2013, which marked the beginning of the public comment period on this document. A public hearing on the DSGEIS was held in Spector Hall at 22 Reade Street in Manhattan, at 10:00 A.M. May 8, 2013 in conjunction with the public hearing on the associated Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application. The comment period for the DSGEIS remained open until 5:00 P.M. Monday, May 20, 2013. On May 23, 2013, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development issued the Notice of Completion for the Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FSGEIS) for the Phased Redevelopment of Governors Island: North Island Re-Tenanting and Park and Public Space Master Plan, marking the completion of the project’s CEQR environmental review.
Environmental Review Materials
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