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Application for installation of a distinctive sidewalk at the corner lot at 1241 Broadway located in the southwest quadrant of Broadway and West 31st Street

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2019, the following resolution passed with a vote of 42 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, Bohler Engineering NY PLLC, on behalf of their client GDS Development LLC, has submitted an application for installation of a distinctive sidewalk at the corner footprint at 1241 Broadway; and

WHEREAS, The site is located at the highly pedestrian trafficked corner lot on the southwest quadrant of Broadway and West 31st Street; and

WHEREAS, The property is currently an outdoor parking lot with vehicle stackers and will be developed into a twenty-two-story boutique mixed-use building with over 170,00 square feet of floor space with a main lobby and restaurant on the first floor and Class-A office space beginning on the second floor; and

WHEREAS, The new distinctive sidewalk replaces an existing sidewalk in poor condition with significant ponding issues in the right of way and will remediate current issues such as non-compliant crosswalk slopes, crumbling curbs and these areas where stormwater ponds, and also restore ADA compliance to the corner pedestrian ramp; and

WHEREAS, Many other distinctive sidewalks in the area make this installation appropriate and not disruptive; and

WHEREAS, The new distinctive sidewalk utilizes standard citywide NYCDOT designs and materials and enhances the visual quality of the streetscape at this corner; and WHEREAS, The proposed sidewalk is in scale with standard NYCDOT sidewalk construction requirements and maintains H-1045 4” thick 5’ X 5’ sidewalk flags, that will be simply rotated at an angle to fall in line with the building columns to provide seamless integration from the right of way to the proposed development, and which also architecturally transitions smoothly to the adjacent buildings; and

WHEREAS, This attention to detail is done with a goal to unify the existing neighborhood infrastructure of this bustling area, and Community Board Five recommends that NYCDOT create a master plan that supports similar aesthetic goals; and

WHEREAS, Be it noted that Community Board Five did not review or approve the installation of a snow
melt system, as it was represented by the Applicant that none is planned; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application from Bohler
Engineering NY PLLC for the installation of a distinctive sidewalk at the corner of 1241 Broadway at
Broadway and West 31 Street.

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