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Manhattan Community Board Five

Request by Pier 1 Imports ("Pier 1") for a Loading Zone on East 15th Street

WHEREAS, Pier 1 Imports ("Pier 1") is a retail establishment having a place of business at 71 Fifth Avenue on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 15th Street; and 

WHEREAS, Pier 1 has a service entrance for deliveries located on the east side of the store and the south side of 15th Street; and

WHEREAS, Current signage at the location of the service entrance indicates "No Standing except Commercial Vehicles Metered Parking 7 AM to 7 PM Monday to Friday"; and

WHEREAS, Due to the nature of its business as well as DOT requirements, delivery trucks for Pier 1 typically arrive at 9 PM and can take several hours to unload; and

WHEREAS, Pier 1 has submitted an application to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting a change in signage to allow its delivery trucks easier access to its service entrance for two hours from 9 PM to 11 PM Monday to Friday; and

WHEREAS, Such a change will not exclude other retail establishments in the immediate vicinity - e.g., a restaurant across the street - from using the curb for their respective delivery trucks; and

WHEREAS, Such a change will allow Pier 1 and other delivery trucks to offload their merchandise with greater ease and efficiency due to restrictions on the use of the curb by non-commercial vehicles, thereby resulting in less standing time at the location, which in turn can only mitigate traffic congestion and improve traffic safety on East 15th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue; and

WHEREAS, By reducing the length of time required for such delivery trucks to load and unload, the total amount of noise generated (already relatively minor) which might diminish the 'quality of life' for nearby residents will be minimized; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by Pier 1 to the DOT and supports the corresponding required change in existing signage by the DOT at the location in question. 

The above resolution passed with a vote of 33 in favor, 1 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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