Floor area exemption for automated parking facilities

Floor space used for off-street parking spaces in an accessory automated parking facility, up to a height of 40 feet above curb level, shall be exempt from the definition of floor area upon certification of the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission to the Commissioner of Buildings that:

(a)        the entire automated parking facility will be contained within a completely enclosed building;

(b)        the portion of the street wall of such automated parking facility below a height of 14 feet, as measured above curb level, complies with the screening provisions of Section 13-221 (Enclosure and screening requirements), and the portion of the street wall above a height of 14 feet, will be similar in composition to the portion of the building’s street wall immediately above such automated parking facility, including, but not limited to, the choice of building materials and arrangement and amount thereof; and

(c)        such automated parking facility is within a building with a floor area ratio of at least 2.0.

Any application for such certification shall include relevant plan, elevation and section drawings demonstrating compliance with the provisions of this Section.

A copy of an application for certification pursuant to this Section shall be sent by the Department of City Planning to the affected Community Board, which may review such proposal and submit comments to the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission. If the Community Board elects to comment on such application, it must be done within 30 days of receipt of such application. The Chairperson will not act on such application until the Community Board’s comments have been received, or the 30 day comment period has expired, whichever is earlier.