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160 5th Avenue, application to install an ADA Access ramp.

WHEREAS, 160 5th Avenue is an office, store and loft neo-Renaissance 9 story building located on the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and West 21st Street in the Ladies' Mile Historic District ("District"); and

WHEREAS, The building known as the Mohawk Building, was designed by R.H. Robertson, and erected in 1981-92; and

WHEREAS, The 5th Avenue facade of the Mohawk Building is divided into four horizontal sections, distinguished by variations in window treatment, the rectilinear design of the facade, articulated by brick piers and horizontal bands of sandstone, emphasizes the structural frame of the building and restrained classical details highlight the geometric composition; and

WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing to install an ADA Access ramp on the 5th Avenue side of the building; and

WHEREAS, The ramp will provide ADA Access on 5th Avenue to the main entryway of Club Monaco which is a retail establishment in the building; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five is fully supportive of ADA compliance and the goal to make facilities accessible to everyone; and

WHEREAS, There are two alternative building entryways to Club Monaco, one on 5th Avenue that currently bears ADA accessibility signage and is being used for that purpose, and one on West 21st Street, respectively, that are convenient, compliant and do not require ADA Access ramps; and

WHEREAS, The proposed ADA Access ramp is not appropriate for the building according to LPC appropriateness definition; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install an ADA Access ramp at 160 5th Avenue.

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