Our team was asked by the New York City Department of City planning to provide environmental services for the 70-block Greater East Midtown Rezoning plan—the largest rezoning in Manhattan since Hudson Yards in 2004. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was an aggressive, six-month schedule and a mayoral priority. We worked closely with stakeholders through the review process, and collaborated with the City, community boards, real estate and business interests to move the project forward while keeping infrastructure and environmental stewardship top-of-mind. This required extensive coordination and data sharing with the City’s Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection and Landmarks Preservation Commission, and collaboration across VHB’s service areas as we also provided a full-range of transportation and civil engineering in tandem with environmental. Our engineering addressed 17 technical areas required for analysis by the City’s Environmental Quality Review (CEQR). Environmental services included air quality, noise and the consideration of sunlight sensitive resources for shadows analysis. The new sustainable environmental blueprint VHB developed is helping generate new business, jobs and tax revenues for the heart of New York City.
Greater East Midtown Rezoning EIS
New York, New York
New York City Department of City Planning
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Draft & Final Environmental Impact Statements
Traffic Studies & Analysis
Detailed Analysis of CEQR Technical Manual Areas