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17 West 32nd Street - Application to install an ADA-Compliant ramp at the front entrance to the hotel

At the scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, September13, 2012, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 36 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, The owners of 17 West 32nd Street (La Quinta Hotel, formerly the Aberdeen Hotel) have applied for approval of an ADA-compliant ramp at the main entrance of the hotel which is an individually landmarked Beaux Arts building, in the neo baroque style, dating from the early 1900s; and

WHEREAS, The previously approved lift does not function optimally, is prone to break down, too complex to operate and slow to handle traffic; and

WHEREAS, The owners want to replace it with a ramp which will comply with Local Law 58 and ADA standards; and

WHEREAS, The ramp will have an iron railing, a non-skid surface and a bluestone base matching the front steps of the building; and

WHEREAS, The ramp will be 3 ft. 3 in. wide and 8 ft. long and can be used for baby carriages and deliveries to the building; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to install an ADA-compliant ramp at the front entrance to 17 West 32nd Street, an individual NYC Landmark.

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