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885 6th Avenue (bounded by West 32nd St, 6th Ave, West 31st St and 7th Ave), Tower 111 Garage, application for a special permit to allow a 201-space public parking garage, including 80 monthly parking spaces, in an as-of-right mixed-use development.

WHEREAS, The garage is located on 885 6th Avenue, bounded by 32nd St, 6 Avenue, West 31st St and 7th Ave; and

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a special permit for a parking garage for a total of 201 spaces, which will include 80 monthly parking spaces and 121 transient spaces; and

WHEREAS, Entrance to the garage would be on 31st Street, which would replace a parking lot that existed in this location prior to the development of a new building; and

WHEREAS, There is a lack of parking in this neighborhood, further exacerbated by a 20% decrease in the area's parking spaces since 1995 resulting from the development of new buildings on former parking lot locations; and

WHEREAS, There are few on-street parking locations to accommodate the ever increasing parking demand around 32nd Street; and

WHEREAS, The developer has agreed to provide free storage space to the 34th St. Partnership, provide 48 bicycle parking spaces (two times the required amount under the current zoning resolution); and

WHEREAS, The developer has agreed to give a right of first refusal to all building residents for parking spaces before offering spaces to the public; and

WHEREAS, The developer has agreed to allow space for zipcars or other similar car-share services and the car-share spaces will come out of the 120 transient parking spaces; and

WHEREAS, Although Community Board Five has concerns over the traffic problems in mid-town, the project will provide a net benefit to the community; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval the application for a special permit by Tower 111 Garage for a 201-space parking garage pursuant to Section 13-562 and 74-52 of the Zoning Resolution.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 25 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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