On July 2, 2014, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development (ODMHED), as lead agency for the CEQR environmental review, issued an Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) and a Positive Declaration for the project indicating that there was the potential for adverse environmental impacts due to the project and directed that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) be prepared. At the same time, a Draft Scope of Work for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was issued for public comment. To receive public comments, a public Scoping Meeting was held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the Bronx Community Board 12 Office, 4101 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY 10466. Written comments on the Draft Scope of Work will be accepted by the ODMHED. The public comment period was extended and written comments were accepted through 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 2, 2014.