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Application by 1095 Avenue of the Americas Condominium, for Certification from the City Planning Commission involving changes to an existing plaza, and modification of a Special Permit.

 WHEREAS, 1095 Avenue of the Americas is a commercial building originally constructed in 1969, located on the western block front of Sixth Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets, and includes a 17,034 square foot through-block bonus Plaza between 41st and 42nd Streets; and

WHEREAS, In 2010 the City Planning Commission approved a Certification and a Modification of a Special Permit allowing the renovation of the Plaza, changes in grade, and the installation of new access ramps, tables, chairs, trees and water fountains, which application was unanimously approved by Community Board Five in February 2010 and is now substantially complete; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant proposes two new actions: 1) to demolish an existing five-story building (part of the zoning lot) located west of the Plaza at 142 West 42nd Street and create a 13-foot setback resulting in an additional 1,283 square feet to the Plaza, and 2) relocate and enclose an existing subway entrance resulting in a loss of 1,036 square feet to the Plaza; and

WHEREAS, The proposed actions will increase the net area of the Plaza by about 240 square feet, which will still be in compliance with the public plaza requirements of Zoning Resolution Section 37-70; and

WHEREAS, The new subway entrance will be enclosed in the building, and will contain a wider staircase than the existing entrance and an elevator; and

Whereas, The Applicant proposes to add 310 square feet more plantings and 70 linear feet of additional seating to the plaza, including two new tables and eight new chairs; and

WHEREAS, The Plaza will remain open during the anticipated 12 months of construction; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant has installed signage previously requested by Community Board Five; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for certification from the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission pursuant to Zoning Resolution Section 37-625 for changes to an existing Plaza and modification of a Special Permit at 1095 Avenue of the Americas.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor, 1 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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