117-531

Street wall location

(a)        On a wide street, and on a narrow street within 50 feet of its intersection with a wide street, the street wall of a building shall be located on the street line and extend along the entire width of the street frontage of the zoning lot and rise without setbacks up to at least the applicable minimum base height specified in the table in Section 117-532 (Setback regulations for buildings that exceed the maximum base height), or the height of the building, whichever is less. Recesses, not to exceed three feet in depth from the street line, shall be permitted on the ground floor where required to provide access to the building.

(b)        On a narrow street between 50 and 100 feet of its intersection with a wide street, the street wall of a building shall extend along the entire width of the narrow street frontage of the zoning lot and rise without setbacks up to at least the applicable minimum base height specified in the table, or the height of the building, whichever is less.

Beyond 100 feet of the intersection of a wide street, street walls shall extend along at least 70 percent of the width of the narrow street frontage of the zoning lot and rise without setbacks up to at least the applicable minimum base height specified in the table, or the height of the building, whichever is less.

Beyond 50 feet of the intersection of a wide street, all street walls required pursuant to this paragraph (b) shall be located within eight feet of the street line.

(c)        On a wide street above the ground floor level, up to 30 percent of the aggregate width of street walls may be located beyond the street line, in compliance with outer court regulations.

(d)        On a narrow street, recesses are permitted at any level in the street wall of a base for outer courts or balconies. The aggregate length of such recesses shall not exceed 50 percent of the length of the entire street wall at any level. However, not more than 30 percent of the aggregate length of such recesses shall exceed a depth of eight feet.

(e)        In the locations specified on Map 3 (Sidewalk Widening and Street Wall Location) in Appendix C of this Chapter, a building shall comply with the provisions of paragraphs (a) through (d) of this Section, as applicable, except that street walls shall be located as specified on Map 3. The street wall of a building may be set back only in the areas indicated on Map 3 as "Permitted Street Wall Setback Locations," provided that the additional sidewalk widening resulting from such setback is accessible to the public, in accordance with the provisions of Section 117-554, and located adjacent to a public sidewalk or mandatory sidewalk widening.

(f)        For any building fronting on Queens Plaza South in Area A-1 or Area B as shown on Map 1 (Designated Districts within the Queens Plaza Subdistrict) of Appendix C, any street wall along Queens Plaza South shall be set back five feet from the street line, except as otherwise specified on Map 3.

(g)        For any building on a zoning lot located on Jackson Avenue between 42nd Road and Queens Plaza South, the street wall fronting on Jackson Avenue may be set back five feet from the street line only upon certification of the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission to the Department of Buildings that the Jackson Avenue sidewalk adjacent to the zoning lot will be landscaped in accordance with a plan acceptable to the Department of Transportation and the Chairperson. Such plan shall include five planting beds that shall contain a mixture of deciduous and evergreen shrubs, ground covers and flowers. Such planting beds shall be installed and maintained by the owner of the building. The street wall of any subsequent development or enlargement shall be located no closer to nor further from the street line than the street wall of an adjacent existing building.

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