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Land Use, Housing & Zoning

Request for an open air café and café related kiosk at 41 Madison Avenue.

WHEREAS, The applicant located at 41 Madison Avenue seeks to renew certification to permit an open air café and café related kiosk to be located along the East 26th Street portion of the public plaza; and

WHEREAS, The current plaza is approximately 4,785 square feet and the requested open-air plaza café is 957 square feet, approximately 20% of the plaza space, and includes a retractable canopy; and

WHEREAS, It is located midway along the 26th Street Plaza and will consist of 21 tables with 68 seats total and a moveable antipasto/service bar with 20 seats; and

WHEREAS, The space from the building to the edge of the plaza property is 15 feet and the space from the edge of the plaza property to the edge of the sidewalk is 12 feet; and

WHEREAS, The restaurant prior to this applicant, Chez Elle, held a permit for an open-air café on this space. 41 Madison LP which owns the new restaurant, A Voce, seeks to renew the permit; and

WHEREAS, The owners are committed to maintaining the amenities on the public plaza and is a significant contributor to Madison Square Park; therefore let it be

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the permit for 41 Madison LP to operate an open  air café on the public plaza on the southeast corner of East 26th Street and Madison Avenue.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 30 in favor, 0 opposed, 2 abstentions.  

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