38-42 West 18th Street aka 41-45 West 17th Street, application pursuant to Z.R. § for a renewal of a special permit (C 020244 ZSM) granted pursuant to Section 74-711 to facilitate the construction of a mixed use development on a zoning lot within ...
WHEREAS, The Applicant, 42 West 18th Street Realty Corp. has requested renewal of a Special Permit pursuant to Section 74-711 of the Zoning Resolution to facilitate the construction of a mixed use development project on a zoning lot located at 38-42 West 18th Street a.k.a. 41-45 West 17th Street; and
WHEREAS, This item came before Community Board 5 in October 2003 and the board opposed it because the applicant was seeking to change the zoning from M1-6M to C6-4A within the Ladies Mile Historic District and the board was concerned about approving special permits within manufacturing zones; and
WHEREAS, The zoning for this area has since been changed from manufacturing to commercial with this location going from M1-6M to C6-4A; and
WHEREAS, The project proposes to integrate a new structure with two existing structures to create one interior space which will be developed for commercial use on floors 1-3 and 90 residential units on floors 4 and above; and
WHEREAS, The requested Special Permit renewal would allow the following:
residential use on floors 4 through 16
a new building and enlarged portions to penetrate the height and setback requirements; and
proposed 2-story and 3-story enlarged portions as permitted obstructions within the required rear yard; and
WHEREAS, The applicant said that at this time they were not seeking LEED certification; and
WHEREAS, Community Board 5 encourages the applicant to seek the highest LEED certification possible for these buildings; and
WHEREAS, The Department of City Planning granted this Special Permit effective February 3, 2004 and it expired on February 2, 2008; and
WHEREAS, The Landmarks Preservation Commission issued the initial Certificate of Appropriateness on May 22, 2001 and voted to grant a new one on August 7, 2007; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends renewal of the Special Permit pursuant to section 74-711 of the zoning resolution for mixed-use (residential and commercial) development at 38-42 West 18th Street.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 36 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.