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BSA # 91-13-BZ, 115 East 57th Street (between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue), Floors 7, 8 & 9 d/b/a Spa Castle Premier 57, Inc., application to permit a Physical Culture Establishment in C5-3/C5-2.5 zoning districts.

At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, June 13, 2013, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 40 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

WHEREAS, The applicant, Spa Castle Premier 57, Inc., is to be located at 115 East 57th Street and is applying for a BSA special permit to legalize a physical culture establishment on the 7th, 8th and 9th Floors; and

WHEREAS, The location is to consist of approximately 35,000 square feet of usable public space; and

WHEREAS, Most of the location was previously used as a physical culture establishment (New York Health and Racquet Club); and

WHEREAS, The spa will offer therapeutic massage, facials, nail treatments, and a variety of skin care treatments; and

WHEREAS, The spa will employ only licensed therapists and technicians; and

WHEREAS, The spa will have three public pools, saunas, juice bar, salad bar, and over 30 private rooms for spa treatments; and

WHEREAS, The Spa will have some outdoor roof area which will close everyday no later than 11pm,  the rest of the spa will be permitted to operate 24 hrs a day; and

WHEREAS, The applicant, Spa Castle, is well established as a legitimate day spa with multiple locations around the country including a Spa Castle in neighboring College Point, Queens; and

WHEREAS, In October 2011, Community Board Five approved Spa Castle's previous application for a Physical Culture Establishment at 335 Madison Avenue, which subsequently has not been built, as the lease agreement for that location was dissolved; and

WHEREAS, Spa Castle has received multiple commendations, awards and recommendations from local news agencies, individuals and politicians (including U.S. Congressman Joseph Crowley, NYC Comptroller John C Liu, and NY1 News); therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the BSA special permit to legalize the operation of a physical culture establishment at 115 East 57th Street (between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue).

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