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Consents & Variances

Xavier High School, application to hold a Block Party on 16th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues on Friday, September 26, 2008.

WHEREAS, the applicant, Xavier High School located on West 16th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues want to host a block party on Friday, September 26th 2008; and

WHEREAS, the event will start with set up at 8.30am and will end at 2.30pm; and

WHEREAS, the event is exclusively for students of the school and is not open to the general public; and

WHEREAS, the event has been recurring for the past ten years; and

WHEREAS, the block is very largely residential and a sizeable number of residents attended the Consents & Variances committee meeting to voice their opposition to the block party, expressing their concern for vehicular traffic congestion, in conjunction with the Union Square Greenmarket, and expressing their frustration that the event is for students only and not opened to the general public, and thus making more stressful an ongoing difficult relationship with the school; and

WHEREAS, the applicant and concerned residents have agreed to start a dialogue to improve their relationship, and residents have agreed to the event with the understanding that lack thereof would result in denial of the event in future years; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 recommends approval of the block party for Xavier High School, on Friday, September 26th 2008 and be it further

RESOLVED, That lack of improvement in the relationship between the school and local residents would result in a denial of the event in future

The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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