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BSA # 337-03BZ, application to amend a previously approved variance at 340 Madison Avenue

WHEREAS, The applicant, 340 Madison Owner LLC, requests an amendment to a variance previously granted by the Board of Standards and Appeals, and supported by a resolution in favor by Manhattan Community Board Five on December 12, 2003; and

WHEREAS, This building, located between 43rd and 44th Streets, is 75 years old and has been converted to a modern office building with a glass curtain wall and regularly shaped floor plates; and

WHEREAS, The requested amendment will allow the applicant to fill in two small outer court areas on the 17th and 18th floors, providing an additional 300 square feet on each floor, and will regularize the floor plan, and to remove small bump-outs on the 19th through 21st floors, with a loss of 1943 square footage thereby providing regular floor plans; and

WHEREAS, A second part of the amendment is to regularize the service entrance on East 43rd Street, reducing it from the required 15' width to 11', thereby enlarging the commercial tenant’s space that contains mechanical equipment for the store which cannot be moved; and

WHEREAS, The 10' depth of the entrance will remain, but the existing height of the entry which is 12'5” instead of 15', due to the configuration of the original building that has been incorporated into this merged zoning lot, must be approved because the floor area for the building is from the Grand Central Special District; and

WHEREAS, The variance is the minimum variance necessary to afford relief; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Manhattan Community Board Five recommends approval of the amendment to the variance to regularize floor plates on the 17th and 18th floors by infill of outer courts and removal of bump-out masonry on the 19th through the 21st floors, and to regularize the dimensions of the service entry on East 43rd Street.

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