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Newsstand application # 8222-2014-ANWS, SEC of 6th Avenue and West 20th Street

At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, July 10, 2014, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 39 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing a newsstand on the South East corner of 6th Avenue and West 20th Street; and

WHEREAS, Although this application is compliant with DCA regulations, it is located in front of a historic building located at 650 Avenue of the Americas and located in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, 650 Avenue of the Americas was recently refurbished and is seen to be a strong contribution to the historic district; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would have a negative impact on pedestrian foot traffic and the Board recognizes the significant congestion at this specific location; and

WHEREAS, There are existing newsstands in close proximity to the location requested by this application, including a newsstand at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand at the South East corner of 6th Avenue and West 20th Street; and be it further

RESOLVED, Recognizing that the cost of applying for a newsstand is very high to small business owners and operators, Community Board Five requests that DCA refund the fee for this application and all applications that are denied.

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