Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project
March 31, 2006 2
mitigation measures are proposed to the extent feasible. The realignment of municipalservice districts is not being proposed as part of this project.
The DEIS should consider the implications of the proposed reconfiguration of the Vanderbilt Yard on the Cross Harbor Rail-Freight Tunnel, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s(MTA’s) East Side Access project, and the JFK rail service to Lower Manhattan.
The EIS will not consider the Cross Harbor Rail-Freight Tunnel because the VanderbiltYard serves Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) commuter rail operations and cannotaccommodate the requirements for freight rail service. Even after the completion of the EastSide Access project, the MTA reports that it would have no plans to discontinue operationsat the Vanderbilt Yard; the rail yard would still be needed for electric train storage. Lastly,the planning for the JFK rail link project is in its initial stage, and it is too early to knowwhether any specific alternatives would affect the Vanderbilt Yard.
The DEIS should assess the project’s contribution to the trend of racial and economichomogeneity for a 40-year time frame beginning 20 years in the past and extending 20 yearsinto the future. It was also requested that the DEIS determine whether the proposed project will result in disparate impacts on minority and/or low-income communities and assess the project’s effects on indices of segregation and other forms of social exclusion in the studyarea and immediately beyond.
The assessment of population and housing in the study area will begin with an analysis of demographic trends based on data from the 1980, 1990, and 2000 US Census. The 2000Census figures will be used in combination with a list of housing units built between 2000and 2005 (from the New York City Department of City Planning [DCP]) to estimate 2006housing units, households, and population. In accordance with established CEQR methodology, the DEIS will analyze the proposed project’s effects for the 2010 and 2016analysis years, which is when the proposed project’s Phase I and the full build program,respectively, will be in full operation. The demographic projections will extend to the proposed project’s 2010 and 2016 analysis years. Consistent with SEQRA and CEQR methodology, an assessment will be conducted with respect to the project’s potential impacton direct and indirect residential displacement, and overall neighborhood character. TheDEIS will present Census data on the socioeconomic and racial character of the Censustracts at the project site and in the study area around the site, and an analysis of the project’s potential to cause secondary displacement within the study area. The DEIS will not attemptto project how such displacement would alter indices of segregation or other forms of socialexclusion.
The DEIS should show how the project will change the area’s racial and ethniccomposition, in turn affecting representation of minorities in city, state, and federal electiondistricts.
The DEIS, in conformance with CEQR methodology, will contain an assessment of the proposed project’s potential to result in direct and indirect residential and businessdisplacement. The DEIS will present demographic information; however, potential changesto minority representation is beyond the scope of a SEQRA environmental review.