Request on behalf of the Woman's National Republican Club to support its request to the NYC DOT for a "no parking zone" in front of its building entrance at 3 w. 51st street between 5th and 6th avenues
WHEREAS, The Woman's National Republican Club, Inc. (WNRC), located at 3 W. 51st Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, is housed in a 6-story building containing 30 dormitory rooms for members and a public catering facility; and
WHEREAS, The current on-street parking regulations in front of 3 W. 51st Street are as follows:
WHEREAS, The NYC DOT on-street parking policy allows for the installation of a "Loading/Unloading Zone" or a "No Parking Zone" in front of a hotel facility containing 100 or more guest rooms to accommodate guest/luggage drop-off and pick-up, thereby reducing incidences of vehicles double parked for this purpose; and
WHEREAS, The NYC DOT will grant a variance to the above policy and install a "No Parking Zone" in front of a hotel or dormitory with fewer than 100 guest rooms if the community board representing the subject hotel lends its support for such action; and
WHEREAS, Given that the 100 hotel room threshold set forth in the NYC DOT parking code is subject to discretion based on existing conditions in the subject area, including land use, road width, lane configuration, traffic volume and current on-street parking regulations, and that these factors must be evaluated on a case by case basis; and
WHEREAS, The WNRC is not a hotel but a dormitory facility; the Committee, therefore, looked to various DOT regulations used to resolve parking and loading issues that have arisen with hotels and private clubs that have dormitory and catering facilities and traffic congestion problems in front of their properties similar to that of this applicant; and
WHEREAS, Crosstown vehicular traffic congestion in Midtown Manhattan is, in part, exacerbated by vehicles double parked in front of hotels and dormitory facilities; and
WHEREAS, Allocating on-street parking space in front of a hotel or dormitory facility to accommodate guest/luggage drop-off and pick-up will help reduce vehicles double parked for this purpose; therefore be it,
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of this application to install a "No Parking Zone" in front of 3. W. 51st Street to facilitate guest/luggage drop-off and pick-up and thereby reduce incidences of vehicles double parked for this purpose.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 25 in favor, 6 opposed, 1 abstaining.