Local Pols Demand New EIS for Arverne East

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On Monday, October 5, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, and City Planning Director, Marisa Lago calling for a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be conducted for the Arverne East proposed development within the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. The current EIS was conducted in the early-2000s and does not account for numerous factors including major weather events, the COVID-19 pandemic, and demographic trends that have changed over time.

“There are a lot of great aspects to this development, but the reality is there has not been a comprehensive EIS done for Arverne East since George Bush was President. A lot has changed in our community since then that needs to be considered,” Pheffer Amato said. “Major weather events, population growth, commercial and retail trends, education needs, and a global pandemic are just a few of the factors that were not considered in the last EIS. A development this large needs to be done responsibly; a current EIS will better states the needs of our community and we deserve that.”

“Due to several major changes and events over the last 17 years, I believe it is imperative that a new EIS is conducted for the proposed Arverne East Development, as well as a full re-evaluation of the commercial program before any projects begin,” Senator Addabbo said.

The Arverne East Development is within the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, overseen by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The plan calls for thousands of units of housing, 150,000 SF of community retail and restaurant space, and a nature preserve over the 81 acres of city-owned land that has been vacant for decades.

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