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Application by the Fashion Institute of Technology for a zoning resolution to facilitate the development on the south side of West 28th St., between 7th and 8th Avenues, adjacent to an existing building WHEREAS, The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) s

WHEREAS, The project site presently contains an undeveloped courtyard adjacent to rear of the existing
building facing West 27th Street and a 12 foot high street wall which runs along the sidewalk for
approximately 214 feet; and

WHEREAS, The proposed addition would include a 10-story glass atrium between the existing building
and the proposed addition and a triple height glass Student Life Hall facing West 28th Street which
together would bring light into both the existing building and new classrooms in the proposed addition;  and

WHEREAS, The proposed building would include new glass in-lot walking space along the sidewalk
above knitting rooms; and

WHEREAS, The proposed building will be a “green” building with innovative new solar energy features;  and

WHEREAS, The existing conditions on this block of West 28th Street are barren and unfriendly; and

WHEREAS, The proposed addition is architecturally interesting and the building would bring much
needed life and activity to this block; and

WHEREAS, The proposed waivers of setback requirements are minor in scope but allow for significant
innovation in the “green” building design and in designing a fully functional atrium; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five approves the application on behalf of FIT for a BSA Special
Permit to facilitate the development of an approximately 98,000 square foot, 10 story addition adjacent to
an existing FIT building.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 38 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining, 1 present but not entitled to vote.

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