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Transportation & Environment

Request for a Hotel Loading Zone at the hotel located at 50 West 36th Street.

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, February 10, 2022, the following resolution passed with a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, The Applicant, owner of the hotel located at 50 West 36th Street, a 94-room hotel located west of 5th Avenue on the south side of 36th Street, has requested a hotel loading zone to serve their customers; and

WHEREAS, Such loading zones are standard at the main entrance to larger hotels in New York City, and the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) regularly creates such zones in front of hotels larger than 100 rooms; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Transportation requires hotels below 100 rooms in size to come before the Community Board to hear any objections to their loading zone before such a permit is issued; and

WHEREAS, The owner of the hotel has complied with this requirement, and at the Community Board Five Transportation & Environment Committee meeting at which this application was discussed, no opposition to the loading zone was given; and

WHEREAS, The applicant requested a loading zone measuring approximately 35 feet in length, to allow for drop off and pick up or passengers at the main entrance of the hotel; and

WHEREAS, Immediately adjacent to the hotel to its west is another hotel with a hotel loading zone, and approximately 20 feet to the east of the hotel is another hotel with a hotel loading zone; and

WHEREAS, DOT advised that a loading zone would result in less obstruction of traffic, and would likely reduce the potential for double-parked standing vehicles; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes that a sign indicating DOT’s Hotel Loading Zone

regulations in front of the hotel would be more effective than No Standing regulations for mitigating double-parking and would likely assist the hotel in proper management of the loading zone space; and

WHEREAS, DOT will normally permit a hotel loading zone in front of a 100-room hotel; and

WHEREAS, Such loading zones should be approved only on a case-by-case basis, and no precedent with regard to these zones should be presumed in response to this application; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by the hotel at 50 West 36th Street for a hotel loading zone, with the condition that DOT post a Hotel Loading Zone parking regulations sign in front of 50 West 36th Street as DOT does with 100-room or greater hotels.

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