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867 Broadway, application for a Curb cut

WHEREAS, The building at 867 - 869 Broadway, located on the southwest corner of Broadway and East 18th Street is a five-story Romanesque Revival style store building, designed by the architect George W. Pope, erected in 1882-83 for Oliver Ditson & Company; and

WHEREAS, 867 - 869 Broadway is located within the Ladies’ Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The applicant, Paragon Sporting Goods, a long time occupant of this building, seeks permission to create a curb cut at the sidewalk in front of the building freight entrance, located at 24 East 18th Street; and

WHEREAS, The sidewalk is constructed of blue-tinted concrete with a metal lined curb; and

WHEREAS, The proposed curb cut would be fifteen linear feet wide (15'-0") and create a twelve inch (12") sloped ramp from the street level back to the sidewalk level; and

WHEREAS, The proposed curb cut and ramping would allow for an expedited unloading of deliveries during the day, as this would enable a fork lift to unload trucks at the street level, and avoid offloading of deliveries outside the building; and

WHEREAS, The curb cut is not proposed to allow vehicular traffic; and

WHEREAS, There are several precedent curb cuts located throughout the Ladies’ Mile Historic District; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to allow the creation of a curb cut at the sidewalk in front of 24 East 18th Street.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 36 in favor, 0 opposed, 2 abstentions.   

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