General requirements for the West 31st Street Extension
A private street, (henceforth referred to as the “West 31st Street Extension”), shall be provided north of and parallel to West 30th Street.
(a) General purpose
The West 31st Street Extension is intended to serve the following purposes:
(1) to serve as a publicly accessible pedestrian and vehicular connection to the Western Rail Yard from Eleventh Avenue;
(2) to provide an experience substantially similar to active public streets in other high-density, mixed use districts; and
(3) to provide a private street with core elements that are substantially similar to the surrounding public streets.
(b) Location and dimensions
The West 31st Street Extension shall have its southerly edge located a minimum of 180 feet and a maximum of 200 feet north of the West 30th Street street line, as shown on Map 3 (Subdistrict F: Public Access Area Plan) in Appendix B, except that a terminus to the West 31st Street Extension, located west of the Connector, shall be permitted to expand beyond the maximum dimensions, provided that such terminus extends to provide a building entrance drive along Site 5, and complies with the provisions set forth in paragraph (d) of Section 93-753 (General requirements for the Southwest Open Space), and/or paragraph (f) of Section 93-752 (General requirements for the Central Open Space), as applicable.
(c) Core Elements
The West 31st Street Extension shall provide the following core elements:
(1) Street and sidewalk requirements
The West 31st Street Extension shall be a private street constructed to minimum Department of Transportation and Fire Department standards for public streets.
Such private street shall consist of:
(i) a road bed, paved with asphalt, with a minimum width pursuant to requirements set forth by the Fire Department;
(ii) a 15 foot minimum sidewalk along its entire northern curb; and
(iii) a 20 foot minimum sidewalk along its entire southern curb.
(2) Planting requirements for sidewalks
One tree shall be planted for every 25 feet of curb length of the West 31st Street Extension between Eleventh Avenue and the Connector. Fractions equal to or greater than one-half resulting from this calculation shall be considered to be one tree. Such trees shall be planted at approximately equal intervals along the entire length of the curb of the private street between Eleventh Avenue and the Connector.
(3) Curb cuts
One curb cut shall be permitted along each side of the West 31st Street Extension. The maximum width of such curb cut shall be 30 feet. A third curb cut accessing the Connector shall be permitted if required by the Fire Department.