Thursday, December 30, 2010

Again: Four Sparrow Marsh under developement habitat threat

4 Sparrow Marsh is at the north border of Floyd Bennett Field, separated by Mill Basin , very near Kings Plaza Mall, and adjacent to the TOYS R US store.

For info on 4 Sparrow Marsh, see this link , look for the "hotspot"

and    (includes a PDF map)

 I previously wrote a letter about 8 years ago against development the first time. Apparently , the threat is back again. Well, it looks like the city wants to make more $ on open green tracts..Brooklyn possesses a big bulls eye... : (

from the NYC Economic Development Council website

The issue :

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Four Sparrows Retail Center at Mill Basin may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on January 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kings Plaza Community Room, 5100 Kings Plaza at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U. The action involves the proposed development of an approximately 15 acre retail center that would contain a 110,000 square foot of retail automotive sales and service center, a 45,000 square foot existing Toys 'R' Us toy store and up to approximately 138,000 square foot of commercial retail development which would be known as the Four Sparrow Retail Center at Mill Basin. The project which would include approximately 820 accessory parking spaces would be located on currently under utilized City-owned land fronting on Flatbush Avenue between the Belt Parkway interchange and about 0.5 miles south of Avenue U. The project would also include the mapping of the 46 acre Four Sparrows Marsh as City parkland and the creation of an approximately 400 foot public trail. This would protect natural features and connect the natural area with a high quality retail center. The project requires approvals from the New York City Planning Commission including: rezoning of the development site from C3 to C8-1; demapping and disposition of an unbuilt segment of Flatbush Avenue and Marginal Street, Wharf or Place that crosses the site; disposition of the proposed site to three private entities and Mayoral approval of the business terms pursuant to Section 385(b)(4) of the City Charter; Special Permit pursuant to ZR Section 62-836 to modify height and setback regulations on a waterfront block; certification of the site plan on a waterfront block pursuant to ZR Section 62-811; certification of a zoning lot subdivision pursuant to ZR Section 62-812; and mapping of the Four Sparrows Marsh as City parkland.

Related actions include approvals from New York City Department of Transportation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers related to traffic signals, site storm water and sewer drainage, tidal wetlands and construction in navigable waters, respectively.

The project is located at 2875 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Douglas Rice, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3750, E-mail: