Use Group V – uses subject to additional conditions

For uses denoted with a “P” in Section 42-151 (Use Group V – general use allowances), the provisions of this Section shall apply. For the purposes of this Section, transient hotels shall also include motels and tourist cabins

In M1 Districts, transient hotels shall be permitted only as set forth in this Section.

  1. Applicability

    A special permit for transient hotels, by the City Planning Commission, pursuant to Section 74-153 (In M1 Districts) shall be applicable to:
    1. development of a transient hotel;
    2. a change of use or conversion to a transient hotel, or an enlargement, containing a transient hotel, of a building that, as of December 20, 2018, did not contain such use; or
    3. enlargement or extension of a transient hotel that existed prior to December 20, 2018, that increases the floor area of such use by 20 percent or more.
  2. Exclusions

    The provisions of this Section shall not apply to the following:
    1. a transient hotel operated exclusively for the public purpose of temporary housing assistance by the City or State of New York, or operated by a non-governmental entity pursuant to an active contract or other written agreement with an agency of the City or State specifying such public purpose;
    2. a transient hotel located within John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, which shall include property under the jurisdiction of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for airport use;
    3. a transient hotel in an M1-6D District, a Special Mixed Use District or any other Special Purpose District where an M1 District is paired with a Residence District, all of which shall instead be subject to the provisions of Section 32-153 (Use Group V – uses subject to additional conditions); or
    4. in an M1-2 District for a change of use to a transient hotel that occupies no more than 30 percent of the floor area on the zoning lot and where such zoning lot contains a minimum lot area of 100,000 square feet, comprises an entire block, and contains buildings with a minimum total of 500,000 square feet of floor area on December 20, 2018.
  3. Within M1-5B Districts

    Within an M1-5B District, a special permit pursuant to Section 74-153 (In M1 Districts) shall be required in conjunction with a special permit pursuant to Section 74-781 (Modifications by special permit of the City Planning Commission of uses in M1-5B Districts) except that a permit pursuant to Section 74-781 shall not be required for a transient hotel located above the ground floor level, where the floor area used for such use on the ground floor does not exceed an amount minimally necessary to access and service such transient hotel.
  4. Existing transient hotels
    1. Any transient hotel existing prior to December 20, 2018, within an M1 District shall be considered a conforming use and may be continued, structurally altered, extended or enlarged subject to the limitations set forth in this Section and subject to the applicable bulk regulations. However, if for a continuous period of two years such transient hotel is discontinued, or the active operation of substantially all the uses in the building or other structure is discontinued, the space allocated to such transient hotel shall thereafter be used only for a conforming use, or may be utilized for a transient hotel only if the Commission grants a special permit for such use in accordance with the provisions of Section 74-153 (In M1 Districts) or other applicable Section of this Resolution.
    2. The provisions of paragraph (d)(1) of this Section shall be modified up to December 9, 2027, to allow a transient hotel existing on December 9, 2021 to be restored to such use regardless of more than two years of discontinuance of the use, and regardless of any change of use between December 9, 2021 and December 9, 2027.
    3. In the event a casualty damages or destroys a transient hotel within an M1 District that was in such use as of December 20, 2018, such building may be reconstructed and used as a transient hotel without obtaining a special permit. A non-complying building may be reconstructed pursuant to Section 54-40 (DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION IN NON-COMPLYING BUILDINGS).
  5. Vesting

    The provisions of Section 11-30 (BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED BEFORE EFFECTIVE DATE OF AMENDMENT) regarding the right to continue construction shall apply. As an alternative, if on or before April 23, 2018, a building permit for a development, enlargement or conversion to a transient hotel, or a partial permit for a development of a transient hotel was lawfully issued by the Department of Buildings, such construction may be started or continued. In the event that construction has not been completed and a certificate of occupancy including a temporary certificate of occupancy, has not been issued by December 20, 2021, the building permit shall automatically lapse and the right to continue construction shall terminate. An application to renew the building permit may be made to the Board of Standards and Appeals not more than 30 days after the lapse of such building permit pursuant to the applicable provisions of Section 11-332 (Extension of period to complete construction).

    ​​​​​​​Any special permit approved by the City Council for a transient hotel prior to December 20, 2018, shall be permitted and this Section shall not apply to such transient hotel, subject to the provisions of Section 11-42 (Lapse of Authorization or Special Permit Granted by the City Planning Commission Pursuant to the 1961 Zoning Resolution).