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Traffic Request for Construction Site on 17th Street Between 5th and 6th Avenue

WHEREAS, ESM Construction is constructing two separate buildings one on 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues and the other on 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues on back to back lots; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Transportation has granted both sites the customary curb lane of traffic for a construction staging area; and

WHEREAS, The builder has requested an additional lane of traffic for approximately 4 months for a crane at each site help build the structures; and

WHEREAS, The additional lane of traffic has already been granted for the 18th Street site; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Transportation has informed Community Board Five that the 18th Street site has been done in a neighborhood friendly manner and has not generated complaints; and

WHEREAS, ESM Construction requested a similar lane closure on 17th Street for approximately 4 months; and

WHEREAS, The cranes necessary to construct the building have insufficient room to swing and maneuver into the construction site without the extra lane of traffic; and

WHEREAS, The structure to the west of the construction site is leaning slightly into it and the structural integrity of this building will be improved by the new structure; and

WHEREAS, The Flatiron Alliance has expressed opposition to the lane closures citing concerns regarding the impact of the lane closures on vehicular traffic; and

WHEREAS, A number of other construction sites in Community Board Five have been granted this extra lane on a temporary basis; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends that ESM Construction be granted an extra lane on 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in front of the construction site for a maximum of four months and that no parking be permitted in the curb lane on the South side of the street until the lane is re-opened for traffic.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 20 in favor, 6 opposed, 1 abstention. 

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