July 2017 - MTA issues the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant in Murray Hill
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Excerpted from the MTA Emergency Ventilation Project website:
July 2017 - The MTA/NYC Transit agency has issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant for the Lexington Avenue Subway Line between the 33rd Street/Park Avenue South Station and the Grand Central/42nd Street Station. The ventilation plant will provide mechanical ventilation for this section of the 4, 5, 6 line, which currently has no ventilation for fire and smoke emergencies. The EVP would be located below grade within the Murray Hill Historic District which is designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the New York State Historic Preservation Office, and the National Register of Historic Places.
Potential environmental impacts resulting from the project were analyzed, including traffic and parking, air quality, noise, vibration, historical and cultural resources, and others. In addition, thirteen possible sites were evaluated between 36th to 39th Streets on northbound Park Avenue and on the side streets east and west of Park Avenue.
As a result of the NYCT’s analysis and review of all the comments from the public and elected officials, NYCT has concluded that Site 12, located on Park Avenue's northbound side between East 36th and East 38th Street is the agency's preferred site. In aggregate, based on engineering, economic and environmental factors, Site 12 is most likely to minimize significant adverse effects and impacts during construction and operation.
Public documents and hearings
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement was issued on March 15, 2017 and a Public Hearing was held on April 5, 2017. The public comment period for the DEIS closed on April 28, 2017. During the DEIS comment period, over 120 commenters submitted commentary to NYCT in letters, “online” on the website, and oral and written testimony. NYCT reviewed and responded to all of the comments and appended the Response to Comments to the FEIS.
July 26, 2017 at 10am: MTA Board Meeting with agenda item: the MTA Emergency Ventilation Project for the 4,5,6 Lexington Avenue lines
Meetings may begin up to 30 minutes before scheduled start time. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. The MTA Board may vote on whether to adopt the findings of the final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed ventilation plant in Murray Hill. The meeting will be held at the MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th Floor.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement recommends Site 12 between 36th and 38th Streets on Park Avenue West for the plant. The MTA is aware that this area is in the historic district and has noted in their response that dynamite will not be used, and that they will closely monitor noise, vibrations and air quality. MTA Meetings Calendar
Public Speaking Procedures: Registration opens 30 minutes before the start of each board meeting. Registration must be done in person. Statements must be about agenda items only. There is a two-minute speaking limit. Speaking time may not be transferred. Meeting attendees are required to go through a security screening upon entering the building.
Background materials: Final Environmental Impact Statement
RELATED SITESMTA website for the Proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant
Volume 2 Appendices,Appendix A Response to Comments and Public Hearing Transcript