Chapter 2 - Special Park Improvement District (PI)

The City of New York
Bill de Blasio, Mayor
City Planning Commission
Marisa Lago, Chair

The "Special Park Improvement District" established in this Resolution is designed to promote and protect public health, safety, general welfare and amenity. These general goals include, among others, the following specific purposes:

(a)        to preserve and protect the unique character and architectural quality of the residential part of Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue which includes many landmarks and other cultural buildings;

(b)        to provide alternatives to plaza and arcade development along Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue which are redundant in view of the existence of Central Park and the Park Avenue malls;

(c)        to channel private expenditures which would otherwise be spent on redundant facilities into development, beautification and maintenance of proximate public parks and other public areas;

(d)        to encourage the development of buildings compatible with the height of present development; and

(e)        to promote the most desirable use of land in this area and thus to conserve the value of land and buildings and thereby protect the City's tax revenues.

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Definitions

Development

For purposes of this Chapter a "development" includes the construction of a new building or other structure on a zoning lot, the relocation of an existing building on another zoning lot, and an enlargement involving an increase in lot coverage.

Except as modified by the express provisions of this Chapter, the regulations of the underlying district remain in effect.

For the purposes of this Chapter, Duke Ellington Circle, located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and East 110th Street, shall be considered a separate street.

For any zoning lot located between Fifth Avenue, Duke Ellington Circle, East 109th Street and East 110th Streets:

(a)        commercial uses shall only be permitted beyond 100 feet of Fifth Avenue and shall be restricted to office uses listed in Use Group 6B;

(b)        the underlying district sign regulations shall not apply. In lieu thereof, signs accessory to a commercial use shall conform with all the sign regulations applicable in C1 Districts, except that illuminated signs shall not be permitted and, within 100 feet of Fifth Avenue, signs shall conform with the sign regulations for Residence Districts set forth in Section 22-30.

(a)        Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this Section, the front building wall for all developments on zoning lots having frontage on Fifth Avenue or Park Avenue and for all developments along street lines within 50 feet of their intersection with the street lines of Fifth Avenue or Park Avenue, shall extend along the full length of its street line fronting on such street without setback for a height of 125 feet above curb level or the full height of the building, whichever is less. Above the height of 150 feet above curb level, the front building wall shall be set back 10 feet from the street line. The mandatory front building wall requirements are optional for the next 20 feet along the street line of a narrow street or for the next 75 feet along the street line of a wide street. However, where the front wall of a building with a height less than 125 feet above curb level was constructed with a setback from the street lines, enlargement of such building may be permitted by vertical extension of its existing building wall.

(b)        For any zoning lot having frontage on Fifth Avenue, Duke Ellington Circle, East 109th Street and East 110th Street, the provisions of this paragraph (b) shall apply. The front building wall of any development shall extend along the full length of the Fifth Avenue and Duke Ellington Circle street lines, and along the full length of the East 109th Street and East 110th Street street lines within 50 feet of their intersection with Fifth Avenue and Duke Ellington Circle, and rise without setback to a minimum height of 85 feet above curb level or the full height of the building, whichever is less. Above a height of 150 feet, the front building wall shall be set back at least 10 feet from such street lines. Such mandatory front building wall requirements are optional for the next 50 feet along the East 109th Street and East 110th Street street lines.

(c)        Front wall recesses are permitted within mandatory front building walls for architectural or decorative purposes, provided that the aggregate length at the level of any story does not exceed 50 percent of the length of the front wall where such recesses are permitted. The depth of such recesses shall not exceed six feet. No front wall recesses are permitted within 20 feet of the intersection of two street lines.

Where the aggregate width of balconies located along the front building wall, at the level of any story, exceeds 20 percent of the length of such front building wall, the front building wall may be set back not more than three feet from the street line.

The underlying district height and setback regulations apply along street lines, or portions thereof, not subject to the front building wall requirement.

The maximum height of a building or other structure, or portion thereof, shall not exceed 19 stories or 210 feet above curb level, whichever is less.

Within the portion of the Special Park Improvement District located within the Manhattan Core, the provisions of Article I, Chapter 3 (Comprehensive Off-street Parking and Loading Regulations in the Manhattan Core), inclusive, shall apply. For all other portions of the Special Park Improvement District, the provisions of this Section shall apply.

In no case shall the number of accessory off-street parking spaces for a residential use exceed 40 percent of the number of dwelling units. In no case shall curb cuts for vehicular access be located on Fifth Avenue or Park Avenue or on a street within 50 feet of its intersection with the street line of Fifth Avenue or Park Avenue. No off-site accessory off-street parking facilities for any use shall be permitted within the Special District. All parking spaces accessory to residences shall be designed and operated exclusively for the long term storage of the private passenger motor vehicles used by the occupants of such residences.

The parking requirements set forth in Sections 25-21, 25-31, 36-21 or 36-31 shall not apply to any development for which the Commissioner of Buildings has certified that there is no way to provide the required parking spaces with access to a street in conformity with the provisions of this Section.

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