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27 West 19th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues, north side of street) in the Ladies' Mile Historic District: Application for a 74-712 special permit requesting modifications to the NYC Zoning Resolution for rear yard, setback and height regulations for

WHEREAS, On February 10, 2005, Manhattan Community Board Five approved an application for a special permit pursuant to Section 74-711 of the NYC Zoning Resolution to construct a new 15-story building on a parking lot recently rezoned from M-6 to C6-4A, and modification of bulk regulations for the proposed new residential building to be located at 27 West 19th Street; and 

WHEREAS, The February 10, 2005 resolution stated:  "The project is massed in a fashion (tall building next to short building next to tall building ) frequently found throughout the Ladies' Mile Historic District...compatible with the Historic District….thoughtfully integrated into its neighborhood;" and

WHEREAS, The 74-712 special permit requests three modifications to the NYC Zoning Resolution; and

WHEREAS, The proposed building will be 25 feet high, 150 feet wide and 62 feet deep, and the height, bulk and density is contextually compatible with the character of the district and the neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, The first requested modification reduces the required 30 foot backyard by 3 feet, 8 inches to 26 feet, 4 inches, to compensate for the alignment of the façade of the new building to the adjacent buildings which are setback on each side by 3 feet, 8 inches from the required street-front property line; and

WHEREAS, The second requested modification permits infill at the back of the building for the top 2.5 floors, adding an additional 10 feet on each of these floors to create a continuous plane, instead of the required setback for buildings more than 125 feet high; and

WHEREAS, The third requested modification permits the 60- foot height limit set by the Sliver Law to be increased to a proposed height of 150 feet and is contextually consistent with the existing bulk, height and density of West 19th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Manhattan Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a 74-712 special permit (New Buildings in a Historic District), for a proposed new residential building located on a parking lot zoned C6-4A at 27 West 19th Street and should be compatible with the buildings surrounding it.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 31 in favor, 1 opposed, 1 abstention.

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