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Moynihan/Penn Station Redevelopment Project Draft Scope of Work For Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

WHEREAS, The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan proposed creating a new Pennsylvania Station in the James A. Farley Post Office Building on 8th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets in an effort to upgrade the current Pennsylvania Station, improve our transportation capacity, and recreate the grandeur of the original station which was torn down in 1964; and

WHEREAS, The State Empire Development Corporation has created a subsidiary, the Moynihan Station Development  Corporation, to plan, design and finance the new station; and

WHEREAS, This project will result in the creation of 7.5 million new zoning square feet for mixed use development including 1.4 million square feet at the Moynihan Station site, 2 million square feet at the 1 Penn Plaza site and 4.3 million square feet within in a new proposed Moynihan Station Special District between 29th Street and 36th Street from 5th Avenue to 9th Avenue; and

WHEREAS, There is an additional 10 million square feet of new development being proposed for the 34th Street corridor, unrelated to Moynihan Station, further increasing the density of, and pressures on the area.; and

WHEREAS, The current proposal contemplates (a) the development of an approximately 1 million square foot commercial building to be located to the east of One Penn Plaza, facing Seventh Avenue, and (b) the construction of a new building between 185,000 and 1 million square feet  to the west of One Penn Plaza, requiring the demolition of the existing public plaza (created in 1961 in exchange for bonus square footage) which Community Board Five is on record opposing; and

WHEREAS, The Moynihan Station Development Corporation states in its proposed Environmental Impact Statement that the new special district would follow City Planning Commission guidelines for zoning and re-zoning in the district; and

WHEREAS, The current proposal would move Madison Square Garden (MSG) from its current site on 8th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Street to the western part of the James A. Farley Post Office Building and use the current MSG site for the eastern side of Moynihan Station ; and

WHEREAS, The current development plan would eliminate the only outdoor public space in the proposed Special District, currently on the corner of West 34th Street and 7th Avenue; and

WHEREAS, A Final Environmental Impact Statement on the approximately 1.4 million square foot Farley Post Office/Moynihan Station site was completed and adopted in August 2006; and

WHEREAS, By encompassing a new Pennsylvania Station, a new Madison Square Garden, the formation of a new Special District, and the creation of 7.5 million new square feet of mixed used development, this historic re-development is expected to dramatically impact and change this section of midtown Manhattan and thereby offers a rare opportunity to bring essential amenities into the District, including outdoor green public space, an amenity now widely deemed essential for quality of life; and

WHEREAS, The Moynihan Station Development Corporation is now beginning an Environmental Impact Statement on the mixed-use development to be used in the new Moynihan Station Special District and is seeking input from the community including testimony at an important public hearing being held at the Farley Building on December 6; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 requests that the following items and issues be added to the scope of this Environmental Impact Statement:

The above resolution passed by a vote of 25 in favor, 0 opposed, 0 abstaining.

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