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127 West 30th Street application for Authorization for office space take over for Manhattan South Traffic Enforcement District (MSTE) to facilitate needed space for expansion of personnel

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2023, the following resolution passed with a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, The NYPD seeks a long term, 20-year lease with a private owner to acquire approximately 34,000 square feet of office space at 127 West 30th Street (Block 806, Lot 58), in Manhattan (CB5); and

WHEREAS, This office space that the City seeks to acquire is needed for the relocation of the NYPD Manhattan South Traffic Enforcement Unit (MSTEU) that vacated 260 11th Avenue, Manhattan in August 2021, and is currently housed at multiple locations in NYC; and

WHEREAS, MSTEU is currently operating out of two temporary locations at 469 7th Avenue, and 59 Maiden Lane; and

WHEREAS, MSTEU Operations include Enforcement of Parking Rules and Regulations, traffic direction, safety & mobility, towing, construction compliance, parades, emergency response to planned and unplanned events; and 

WHEREAS, MSTEU coverage area is 34th Street to Houston Street from River to River and covers the 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13 and 14 Precincts; and

WHEREAS, MSTEU is proposing to relocate to a permanent location at 127 W. 30th Street, entire 2nd floor and partial 3rd floor; and 

WHEREAS the MSTEU operations at this new location would involve 150-200 staff reporting to the site each weekday in shifts from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (majority are traffic agents deploying to field), 23 MSTE official vehicles, 83 existing dedicated official vehicle parking spaces to be shared by MSTE and NYPD Citywide Traffic Task Force (CTTF) located at 138 West 30th St.; and

WHEREAS, NYPD Citywide Traffic Task Force (CTTF) is a citywide response unit covering all five boroughs comprised of Uniformed Members of Service responsible for policing special events, elected official visits, penal law arrests, vehicular traffic laws as well as policing vehicular encounters such as vehicle safety checkpoints/car stops, driving under the influence, suspended licenses, various other hazardous and Vision Zero moving violations, and other violations requiring summons or arrests; and

WHEREAS, MTSEU currently has 23 vehicles; and

WHEREAS, Department vehicles will be subject to on-street parking, only in one of the 83 spots already dedicated to NYDP parking spaces ; and

WHEREAS, The existing dedicated parking will be shared between the MSTE and the Citywide Traffic Task Force; and

WHEREAS, Two of the vehicles assigned to the executive staff of MSTE will park on 30 street; and

WHEREAS, The remaining 21 vehicles will be parked along west 33rd street between 11th Ave and the West side highway; and

WHEREAS, There will be shuttle vans to ferry staff back and forth between thetwo locations; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant sees no need for any additional street space on or around 127 W 30th Street, and has committed to Manhattan Community Board Five and to Councilmember Bottcher that no additional parking will be needed whether for NYPD vehicles or personal vehicles of NYPD staff; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Manhattan Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to secure a long term lease at 127 W 30th St.

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