The Gun Hill Square development (“the proposed project”) would include a six-building pedestrian-oriented open-air urban shopping center with accessory parking, and an up to 11-story senior housing building on a site (Block 4804, part of Lot 100) generally bounded by East Gun Hill Road to the southwest and Edson Avenue to the northeast and south (“the project site”) in the Baychester neighborhood of the Bronx. Directly east of the project site is the New England Thruway (I‐95). The irregular‐shaped project site comprises the southern approximately 12.6 acres of Lot 100. The project site is currently owned by the City of New York and covered by a Master Lease between the City and New York City Transit (NYCT). It is anticipated that site preparation and construction for the proposed project would commence in early 2016 and is expected to be complete and operational in 2018.
The proposed project would contain approximately 390,400 gross square feet (gsf) of commercial space (shopping center), of which up to 40,000 gsf would include a fitness center, 92,000 gsf of residential space (senior housing building), 238,500 gsf of parking space (garage), and a total of 1,170 parking spaces (garage and parking lot) accessory to these uses, for a total of 720,900 gsf of new development. The proposed project would add approximately 1,183 workers and up to 200 senior residents to the project site.
The proposed shopping center, which would occupy the majority of the project site, would be comprised of six 2- to 3-story buildings located around two central squares which would be solely accessible to pedestrians. The commercial uses for the project site would include both local and destination retail, restaurants, a fitness center, and approximately one acre of privately-owned public open space as well as accessory parking to these uses. More specifically, 467 parking spaces would be provided at grade and 680 parking spaces in a 4-story garage building, for a total of 1,147 parking spaces accessory to commercial uses. The shopping center would have three main points of entry for pedestrians and vehicles, including a signalized intersection on East Gun Hill Road and two additional entrances on Edson Avenue. There would also be three points of egress from the project site, including two on East Gun Hill Road and another on Edson Avenue.
The proposed senior housing building, fronting on East Gun Hill Road, would be up to 11 stories tall and include up to 100 units. An at-grade parking lot accessible from East Gun Hill Road would provide 23 accessory parking spaces.
The proposed project would be facilitated by the following discretionary actions:
- Disposition of City-owned property (the project site) to a private developer, which requires approval through the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) pursuant to New York City Charter Section 197(c) and separate Mayoral and Borough Board approval pursuant to New York City Charter Section 384(b)(4).
- Zoning Map amendment (Zoning Sectional Map No. 4a) approval for a portion of Lot 100, Block 4804, would include changing the zoning designation from an M1-1 manufacturing district to a C4-3 commercial district.
- Zoning Special Permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution Section 74-74, to allow, by City Planning Commission Special Permit, the design of the proposed project under a Large-Scale General Development (LSGD) special permit with waivers for exterior signage, yard requirements, height and setback regulations, minimum distance between buildings, and the use of required residential open space for parking.
- Zoning Special Permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution Section 73-36 to allow, by Board of Standards and Appeals Special Permit, to include a physical culture or health establishment (fitness center) in the in the proposed C4-3 commercial zoning district (which would be located in the commercial component of the proposed development).
Prior to the disposition of City-owned property, approval is required from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board of Directors authorizing the surrender of the MTA’s leasehold interest in the project site.
On July 2, 2014, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development (ODMHED), as lead agency for the CEQR environmental review, issued an Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) and a Positive Declaration for the project indicating that there was the potential for adverse environmental impacts due to the project and directed that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) be prepared. At the same time, a Draft Scope of Work for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was issued for public comment. To receive public comments, a public Scoping Meeting was held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the Bronx Community Board 12 Office, 4101 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY 10466. Written comments on the Draft Scope of Work will be accepted by the ODMHED. Please note that the public comment period has been extended and written comments will now be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
Environmental Review Material
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