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280 Park Avenue, Broadway 280 Park Fee LLC, application for four open air cafes within an existing plaza at this location.

WHEREAS, The owner of 280 Park Avenue (between East 48th and 49th Streets) received a zoning bonus for the provision of a public plaza; and

WHEREAS, The bonus plaza was originally of little value to the surrounding neighborhood as it essentially consisted of modest setbacks around the building; and

WHEREAS, The original special permit for the plaza was modified to permit the use of space on both East 48th streets and East 49th Streets for private outdoor dining areas; and

WHEREAS, The modification included significant improvements to the remaining outdoor space which included seating and landscaping; and

WHEREAS, The outdoor dining areas and the plaza improvements do enhance and improve the plaza space but that portable barriers with signage have been erected around the outdoor dining areas that tend to wall those areas off from the public and look unwelcoming; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has agreed to stop the use of the barriers from around the dining areas; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board recommends approval of the proposed certification for 280 Park Avenue to allow four open air cafes within an existing public plaza provided that the owner does not permit barriers to be placed around the dining areas.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 34 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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