Public Transit, Railroad or Electric Utility Substations

In all Residence and Commercial Districts, and in M1 Districts in the Special Downtown Jamaica District, the Board of Standards and Appeals may permit electric utility substations (including transformers, switches, or auxiliary apparatus) or public transit or railroad electric substations, limited in each case to a site of not more than 40,000 square feet, and in the case of electric utility substations to a site of not less than 10,000 square feet, provided that the following findings are made:

(a)        that such use will serve either the residential community within which it is proposed to be located or the residential community immediately adjacent, and that there are serious difficulties in locating such use in a nearby district where it is permitted as-of-right;

(b)        in the case of public transit or railroad electric substations, that the site for such use has a minimum frontage of 50 feet and a minimum lot area of 4,500 square feet;

(c)        that the site for such use is so located in Residence Districts as to minimize the adverse effects on the integrity of existing and future development, or is so located in Commercial Districts as to minimize the interruption of the continuity of retail frontage;

(d)        that the architectural and landscaping treatment of such use will blend harmoniously with the rest of the area; and

(e)        that such use will conform to the performance standards applicable to M1 Districts.

The Board may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards to minimize adverse effects on the character of the surrounding area, including requirements for soundproofing, for the construction of fences, barriers, or other safety devices, for screening of apparatus, or for landscaping.