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Chapter 8 - Special St. George District (SG)

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

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

(a)        to build upon St. George’s existing strengths as a civic center, neighborhood and transit hub by providing rules that will bolster a thriving, pedestrian-friendly business and residence district;

(b)        to establish zoning regulations that facilitate continuous ground floor retail and the critical mass needed to attract and sustain a broader mix of uses;

(c)        to require a tall, slender building form that capitalizes on St. George’s hillside topography and maintains waterfront vistas;

(d)        to encourage the reuse and reinvestment of vacant office buildings;

(e)        to accommodate an appropriate level of off-street parking while reducing its visual impact; and

(f)        to promote the most desirable use of land and building development in accordance with the District Plan for St. George and thus conserve the value of land and buildings and thereby protect the City’s tax revenues.

128-01

Definitions

Definitions specifically applicable to this Chapter are set forth in this Section and may modify definitions set forth in Section 12-10 (DEFINITIONS). Where matter in italics is defined both in Section 12-10 and in this Chapter, the definitions in this Chapter shall govern.

 

Commercial street

A “commercial street” shall be a street, or portion thereof, where special regulations pertaining to ground floor uses on commercial streets, pursuant to Section 128-11, apply to zoning lots fronting upon such streets. Commercial streets are designated on Map 2 in the Appendix to this Chapter.

In harmony with the general purpose and intent of this Resolution and the general purposes of the Special St. George District, the regulations of this Chapter shall apply within the Special St. George District. The regulations of all other Chapters of this Resolution are applicable, except as superseded, supplemented or modified by the provisions of this Chapter. In the event of a conflict between the provisions of this Chapter and other regulations of this Resolution, the provisions of this Chapter shall control. However, in flood zones, in the event of a conflict between the provisions of this Chapter and the provisions of Article VI, Chapter 4 (Special Regulations Applying in Flood Hazard Areas), the provisions of Article VI, Chapter 4, shall control.

However, the regulations of this Chapter shall not apply to any property that is the subject of a site selection for a court house and public parking garage pursuant to application C080379 PSR. Such property shall be governed by the underlying regulations of this Resolution.

Furthermore, any property that is the subject of a site selection and acquisition for the use of a lot for open parking pursuant to application C080378 PCR may be governed by the regulations of this Chapter or the underlying regulations of this Resolution for a period of two years after October 23, 2008. After October 23, 2010, such property shall be subject to the regulations of this Chapter.

In the North Waterfront Subdistrict, “publicly accessible waterfront open space” shall include on-site and off-site areas, as applicable, as set forth in the approved Proposed Plans, pursuant to Section 128-61 (Special Permit for North Waterfront Sites).

The regulations of this Chapter are designed to implement the Special St. George District Plan.

The District Plan includes the following five maps:

Map 1.        Special St. George District and Subdistricts

Map 2.        Commercial Streets

Map 3.        Minimum and Maximum Base Heights

Map 4.        Tower Restriction Areas

Map 5.        Visual Corridors and Parcels

The maps are located in the Appendix to this Chapter and are hereby incorporated and made a part of this Resolution. They are incorporated for the purpose of specifying locations where special regulations and requirements set forth in this Chapter apply.

128-04

Subdistricts

In order to carry out the purposes and provisions of this Chapter, the Special St. George District shall include three subdistricts: the Upland Subdistrict, the North Waterfront District and the South Waterfront Subdistrict, as shown on Map 1 (Special St. George District and Subdistricts) in the Appendix to this Chapter.

The provisions of Article I, Chapter 5 (Residential Conversion Within Existing Buildings), shall apply in the Special St. George District, as modified in this Section. The change of non-residential floor area to residences in buildings, or portions thereof, erected prior to January 1, 1977, shall be permitted subject to Sections 15-11 (Bulk Regulations), 15-12 (Open Space Equivalent) and 15-30 (MINOR MODIFICATIONS), paragraph (b). Uses in buildings erected prior to January 1, 1977, containing both residential and non-residential uses shall not be subject to the provisions of Section 32-42 (Location Within Buildings).

The provisions of Article VI, Chapter 2 (Special Regulations Applying in the Waterfront Area), shall apply in the North Waterfront Subdistrict of the Special St. George District, as modified in this Chapter. In such Subdistrict, such provisions shall not apply to improvements to the publicly accessible waterfront open space, or to developments, enlargements, alterations and changes of use permitted pursuant to Section 128-61 (Special Permit for North Waterfront Sites). However, the regulations of Section 62-31 (Bulk Computations on Waterfront Zoning Lots) shall apply to such developments, enlargements, alterations and changes of use, as modified pursuant to such special permit. In addition, the special requirements for visual corridors set forth in Section 128-43 (Visual Corridors in the North Waterfront Subdistrict) shall apply.

Within the North Waterfront Subdistrict of the Special St. George District, the following special permits shall not apply:

Section 74-512        (In other Districts)

Section 74-68        (Development Within or Over a Right-of-way or Yards)

Section 74-922        (Certain large retail establishments).

In addition, the provisions of the following special permits, as applicable, shall be deemed to be modified when an application pursuant to Section 128-61 (Special Permit for North Waterfront Sites) for Parcel 1 or Parcel 2, as shown on the maps in the Appendix to this Chapter, under application numbers C130317ZSR or C130318ZSR, as applicable, has been approved:

C000012ZSR

C000013ZSR

C000014ZSR

C000016(A)ZSR

Map 2 (Commercial Streets) in the Appendix to this Chapter specifies locations where the special ground floor use regulations of this Section apply.

Uses on the ground floor of a building shall be limited to commercial uses, except for Type 1 lobbies and entrances to accessory parking spaces provided in accordance with Section 37-33 (Maximum Width of Certain Uses). Such commercial uses shall comply with the minimum depth provisions of Section 37-32 (Ground Floor Depth Requirements for Certain Uses). In addition, accessory parking spaces, including such spaces accessory to residences, shall be permitted on the ground floor, provided they comply with the provisions of Section 37-35 (Parking Wrap and Screening Requirements). The level of the finished floor of such ground floor shall be located not higher than two feet above nor lower than two feet below the as-built level of the adjoining street.

Any street wall of a building developed or enlarged after October 23, 2008, where the ground floor level of such development or enlarged portion of the building contains commercial or community facility uses, shall be glazed in accordance with the provisions of Section 37-34 (Minimum Transparency Requirements).

For the purposes of this Section, Bank Street shall be considered a street. However, this Section shall not apply to a stadium use within the North Waterfront Subdistrict.

The provisions of Section 32-422 (Location of floors occupied by commercial uses) are modified to permit dwelling units on the same story as a commercial use provided no access exists between such uses at any level containing dwelling units and provided any commercial uses are not located directly over any dwelling units. However, such commercial use may be located over dwelling units by authorization of the City Planning Commission upon a finding that sufficient separation of residential uses from commercial uses exists within the building.

In C4-2 Districts within the Upland Subdistrict, the underlying floor area ratio and open space regulations shall not apply. In lieu thereof, the maximum floor area ratio for any use, separately or in combination, shall be 3.4, and no floor area bonuses shall apply, except that for zoning lots with less than 10,000 square feet of lot area without frontage on a commercial street, the maximum floor area ratio for any use, separately or in combination, shall be 2.2, and no floor area bonuses shall apply.

In C4-2 Districts within the Upland Subdistrict, the underlying open space ratio provisions shall not apply. In lieu thereof, the maximum permitted lot coverage for a residential building, or portion thereof, shall be 70 percent for an interior or through lot and 100 percent for a corner lot.

In C4-2 Districts within the Upland Subdistrict, the rear yard equivalent regulations for residential uses on through lots, or the through lot portion of a zoning lot, are modified as set forth in this Section. Such yards shall be provided within 45 feet of the centerline of the through lot or through lot portion, and the level of such yards may be provided at any level not higher than the floor level of the lowest story containing dwelling units that face such yards. Furthermore, no rear yard equivalent regulations shall apply to any through lot or through lot portion of a zoning lot on which a tower is developed or enlarged, pursuant to Section 128-35.

The provisions of this Section, inclusive, shall apply to all buildings or other structures within the Upland Subdistrict.

In C1-2 Districts mapped within R3-2 Districts, all buildings or other structures shall comply with the height and setback regulations of R4 Districts, except that the maximum perimeter wall height shall be 26 feet, and the street wall location provisions of Section 128-32 (Street Wall Location) shall apply.

The underlying height and setback regulations of C4-2 Districts within the Upland Subdistrict shall not apply. In lieu thereof, the height and setback regulations of this Section, inclusive, shall apply.

In the South and North Waterfront Subdistricts, the underlying height and setback regulations of Section 62-34 (Height and Setback Regulations on Waterfront Blocks) shall apply, except that:

(a)        in the South Waterfront Subdistrict, rooftop regulations shall be as modified in Section 128-31 (Rooftop Regulations); and

(b)        in the North Waterfront Subdistrict, developments, enlargements, alterations and changes of use permitted pursuant to Section 128-61 (Special Permit for North Waterfront Sites) shall instead be subject to the Proposed Plans, as set forth in Section 128-61, as approved pursuant to such special permit.

All heights shall be measured from the base plane, except that wherever a minimum or maximum base height is specified for zoning lots with multiple street frontages, such heights shall be determined separately for each street frontage, with each height measured from the final grade of the sidewalk fronting such street wall.

        The provisions of Section 33-42 (Permitted Obstructions) shall apply to all buildings, except that dormers may penetrate a maximum base height in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (c)(1) of Section 23-621 (Permitted obstructions in certain districts).

(a)        Street walls along commercial streets

For zoning lots with commercial street frontage, the street wall shall extend along at least 70 percent of the commercial street frontage of the zoning lot and be located within eight feet of the street line of the commercial street, or sidewalk widening line, whichever is applicable.

(b)        Street walls along non-commercial streets

For zoning lots without commercial street frontage, the street wall shall extend along at least 50 percent of the street frontage of the zoning lot and be located within eight feet of the street line or sidewalk widening line, whichever is applicable.

In C4-2 Districts within the Upland Subdistrict, such street walls shall rise without setback to the minimum height specified on Map 3 (Minimum and Maximum Base Heights) in the Appendix to this Chapter, or the height of the building, whichever is less. When a building fronts on two intersecting streets for which different minimum base heights apply, the higher base height may wrap around to the street with the lower base height, for a distance of up to 100 feet.

The maximum height of a building or other structure before setback shall be as specified on Map 3 (Minimum and Maximum Base Heights) in the Appendix to this Chapter. Where a maximum base height of 65 feet applies as shown on Map 3, such maximum base height shall be reduced to 40 feet for zoning lots developed or enlarged pursuant to the tower provisions of Section 128-35. When a building fronts on two intersecting streets for which different maximum base heights apply, the higher base height may wrap around to the street with the lower base height for a distance of up to 100 feet. All portions of buildings or other structures above such maximum base heights shall provide a setback at least 10 feet in depth measured from any street wall facing a wide street and 15 feet in depth from any street wall facing a narrow street.

In C4-2 Districts within the Upland Subdistrict, dormers may exceed the maximum base height in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (c) of Section 23-621 (Permitted obstructions in certain districts). However, on any zoning lot that includes a tower developed or enlarged pursuant to Section 128-35, dormers shall not be permitted.

In C4-2 Districts within the Upland Subdistrict, for buildings that are not developed or enlarged pursuant to the tower provisions of Section 128-35 (Towers), the maximum height of a building or other structure and the maximum number of stories, as applicable, shall be as set forth in Section 23-662 (Maximum height of buildings and setback regulations) for a residential equivalent of an R6 District. Separate maximum building heights are set forth within such Section for developments or enlargements with qualifying ground floors and for those with non-qualifying ground floors. However, on Bay Street where there is a maximum base height of 85 feet, the maximum height of a building or other structure also shall be 85 feet.

In C4-2 Districts within the Upland Subdistrict for buildings that are developed or enlarged pursuant to the tower provisions of Section 128-35, the maximum height of the tower portion of a building shall be 200 feet, and the height of all other portions of the building shall not exceed the applicable maximum base height. Where a maximum base height of 65 feet applies as shown on Map 3 in the Appendix to this Chapter, such maximum base height shall be reduced to 40 feet for zoning lots developed or enlarged pursuant to the tower provisions of Section 128-35.

128-35

Towers

The tower provisions of this Section shall apply, as an option, to any zoning lot with a lot area of at least 10,000 square feet. Any portion of a building developed or enlarged on such zoning lots that exceeds the applicable maximum base height shall be constructed as either a point tower or a broad tower, as follows:

(a)        Point tower

(1)        Tower lot coverage and maximum length

Each story located entirely above a height of 75 feet shall not exceed a gross area of 6,800 square feet. The outermost walls of each story shall be inscribed within a rectangle, and the maximum length of any side of such rectangle shall be 85 feet.

(2)        Tower top articulation

The highest three stories, or as many stories as are located entirely above a height of 75 feet, whichever is less, shall have a lot coverage of at least 50 percent of the story immediately below such stories, and a maximum lot coverage of 80 percent of the story immediately below such stories. Such reduced lot coverage shall be achieved by one or more setbacks on each face of the tower, where at least one setback on each tower face has a depth of at least four feet, and a width that, individually or in the aggregate, is equal to at least 10 percent of the width of such respective tower face. For the purposes of this paragraph (a)(2), each tower shall have four tower faces, with each face being the side of a rectangle within which the outermost walls of the highest story not subject to the reduced lot coverage provisions have been inscribed. The required setbacks shall be measured from the outermost walls of the building facing each tower face. Required setback areas may overlap.

(b)        Broad tower

Each story located entirely above a height of 75 feet shall not exceed a gross area of 8,800 square feet.
The outermost walls of each such story shall be inscribed within a rectangle, and the maximum length of any side of such rectangle shall be 135 feet. The upper stories shall provide setbacks with a minimum depth of 15 feet measured from the east facing wall of the story immediately below. Such setbacks shall be provided at the level of three different stories, or as many stories as are located entirely above a height of 75 feet, whichever is less. For towers with at least six stories located entirely above a height of 75 feet, the lowest level at which such setbacks may be provided is 100 feet, and the highest story shall be located entirely within the western half of the tower.

(c)        Orientation of all towers

The maximum length of the
outermost walls of any side of each story of a building facing the shoreline that is entirely above a height of 75 feet shall not exceed 80 feet For the purposes of this Section, the street line of St. Marks Place shall be considered to be a line parallel to the shoreline, and any side of such rectangle facing St. Marks Place from which lines perpendicular to the street line of St Marks Place may be drawn, regardless of intervening structures, properties or streets, shall not exceed 80 feet.

(d)        Location of all towers

Any portion of a building that exceeds a height of 70 feet shall be no closer to a side lot line than eight feet, and any story of a building that is entirely above a height of 70 feet shall be located within 25 feet of a street line or sidewalk widening line, where applicable.

(e)        Maximum tower height

The maximum height of any building utilizing the tower provisions of this Section shall be 200 fet. The height of the tower portion of the building shall be measured from the base plane.

(f)        Tower and base integration

All portions of a building that exceed the applicable maximum base height set forth in Section 128-33 shall be set back at least 10 feet from the street wall of a building facing a wide street and at least 15 feet from the street wall of a building facing a narrow street. However, up to 50 percent of the street wall of the portion of the building located above a height of 75 feet need not be set back from the street wall of the building, and may rise without setback from grade, provided such portion of the building is set back at least 10 feet from a wide street line or sidewalk widening line, where applicable, and at least 15 feet from a narrow street line or sidewalk widening line, where applicable.

(g)        Tower exclusion areas

No building or other structure may exceed a height of 75 feet within the areas designated on Map 4 (Tower Restriction Areas) in the Appendix to this Chapter.

128-41

Sidewalks

Sidewalks with a depth of at least 12 feet, measured perpendicular to the curb of a street, shall be provided along the entire street frontage of a zoning lot. In locations where the width of the sidewalk within the street is less than 12 feet, a sidewalk widening shall be provided on the zoning lot so that the combined width of the sidewalk within the street and the sidewalk widening equals 12 feet. However, existing buildings to remain on the zoning lot need not be removed in order to comply with this requirement. All sidewalk widenings shall be improved to Department of Transportation standards for sidewalks, shall be at the same level as the adjoining public sidewalks, and shall be accessible to the public at all times.

The entire area of the zoning lot between the street line or sidewalk widening line, where applicable, and all street walls of the building and their prolongations, shall be planted at ground level, or in raised planting beds that are permanently affixed to the ground, except that such plantings shall not be required at the entrances to, and exits from, the building, within driveways accessing off-street parking spaces located within, to the side, or rear of such building, or between commercial uses and the street line. No zoning lot shall be altered in any way that will either create a new non-compliance or increase the degree of non-compliance with the provisions of this Section.

The designated locations for visual corridors, as defined in Article VI, Chapter 2, are shown on Map 5 in the Appendix to this Chapter. Such visual corridors shall be provided in accordance with the standards of Sections 62-512 (Dimensions of visual corridors) and 62-513 (Permitted obstructions in visual corridors), except that:

(a)        lighting fixtures in visual corridors shall be considered permitted obstructions; and

(b)        within the visual corridor provided through Parcel 2 to the Pierhead line within the flexible location zone indicated on Map 5, a portion of a building shall be a permitted obstruction, provided that such obstruction is located no more than 14 feet above the reference plane of the visual corridor, and that such obstruction occupies no more than 185,000 cubic feet in total above the reference plane of the visual corridor.

In the Special St. George District, the underlying regulations governing permitted and required accessory off-street parking spaces are modified as set forth in this Section.

In C4-2 Districts, the following special regulations shall apply:

(a)        Residential uses

One off-street parking space shall be provided for each dwelling unit created after October 23, 2008, including any dwelling units within buildings converted pursuant to Article I, Chapter 5 (Residential Conversion Within Existing Buildings), except that the provisions of Section 25-25 (Modification of Requirements for Income-restricted Housing Units, Affordable Independent Residences for Seniors or Other Government-assisted Dwelling Units) shall apply to income-restricted housing units. However, where the total number of required spaces is five or fewer or, for conversions, where the total number of required spaces is 20 or fewer, no parking shall be required, except that such waiver provision shall not apply to any zoning lot subdivided after October 28, 2008. The provisions of Section 73-46 (Waiver of Requirements for Conversions) shall apply to conversions where more than 20 parking spaces are required.

(b)        Commercial uses

For commercial uses, the off-street parking and loading requirements of a C4-3 District shall apply, except that food stores with 2,000 or more square feet of floor area per establishment shall require one parking space per 400 square feet of floor area and, for places of assembly and hotels, the off-street parking and loading requirements of a C4-2 District shall apply.

(c)        Community facility use

For ambulatory diagnostic or treatment health care facilities listed in Use Group 4, the off-street parking requirements of a C4-3 District shall apply.

The floor area of a building shall not include floor space used for off-street parking spaces provided in any story that complies with the provisions of Section 128-54 (Location of Accessory Off-street Parking Spaces).

        All accessory off-street parking spaces may be provided within parking facilities, including public parking garages, on zoning lots other than the same zoning lot as the use to which they are accessory, provided:

(a)        such parking facilities are located within the Special St. George District ;

(b)        the off-street parking space within such facility is counted only once in meeting the parking requirements for a specific zoning lot ; and

(c)        the number of accessory parking spaces within such facility shall not exceed the combined number of spaces permitted on each zoning lot using such facility, less the number of spaces provided on each zoning lot using such facility.

No open parking areas shall be located between the street wall of a building and the street line, and no open parking area shall front upon a commercial street. All open parking areas, regardless of the number of parking spaces, shall comply with the perimeter screening requirements of Section 37-921.

All off-street parking spaces within structures shall be located within facilities that, except for entrances and exits, are:

(a)        entirely below the level of each street upon which such facility fronts; or

(b)        located, at every level above-grade, behind floor area or screening in accordance with the provisions of Section 37-35 (Parking Wrap and Screening Requirements). For the purpose of applying such provisions, commercial streets designated on Map 2 in Appendix A of this Chapter shall be considered designated retail streets; and

(c)        no parking shall be permitted on the roof of such facilities.

The roof of a facility containing off-street parking spaces, not otherwise covered by a building, which is larger than 400 square feet, shall be landscaped. No parking spaces shall be provided on the roof of such facility. Up to five percent of such roof area may be used for mechanical equipment, provided that such mechanical equipment is screened from view by a fence which is at least 75 percent opaque or by at least three feet of dense planting. No less than 75 percent of such roof area shall be accessible for the recreational use of the occupants of the building in which it is located; and no more than 25 percent may be accessible solely from an adjacent dwelling unit. Hard surfaced areas shall not cover more than 60 percent of such roof area.

No curb cuts shall be permitted on commercial streets as shown on Map 2 in the Appendix to this Chapter. However, if access to a required accessory parking facility or loading berth is not possible because of such restriction, a curb cut may be allowed if the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission certifies to the Commissioner of Buildings that such location is the only possible location for the facility or loading berth, is not hazardous to traffic safety, is at least 50 feet from the intersection of two street lines, and is constructed so as to have minimal effect on the streetscape.

The special permit for North Waterfront sites set forth in Section 128-61 is established in order to guide and encourage appropriate use and development in a unique location within the Special St. George District that serves as a gateway between Staten Island and Manhattan for both visitors and daily commuters. Redevelopment of the North Waterfront sites pursuant to this special permit provides an appropriate means to address the special characteristics of these sites, while accommodating their continuing transportation function, as part of their transformation into a regional destination that will contribute to the revitalization of the Special St. George District and surrounding area.

In the North Waterfront Subdistrict, for Parcels 1 and 2, and for improvements to the publicly accessible waterfront open space, provided in connection with the development of such parcels, as applicable, the City Planning Commission may approve, by special permit, a development plan for each such parcel and an improvement plan for the publicly accessible waterfront open space. For any application for such special permit, the applicant shall provide plans to the Commission, including but not limited to a site plan, interim parking plan, signage plan, lighting plan and an improvement plan for the publicly accessible waterfront open space (the “Proposed Plans”). Such Proposed Plans shall be subject to the conditions set forth in paragraphs (a) through (e) and the findings set forth in paragraph (f) of this Section.

Pursuant to such Proposed Plans, the Commission may:

(a)        permit the following uses :

(1)        commercial uses as set forth in Section 42-12 (Use Groups 3A, 6A, 6B, 6D, 6F, 7B, 7C, 7D, 7E, 8, 9B, 9C, 10A, 10B, 10C, 11, 12A, 12C, 12D, 12E, 13, 14 and 16) with no limitation on floor area per establishment;

(2)        uses specified in Section 32-24 (Use Group 15);

(3)        public parking garages with more than 150 spaces;

(4)        temporary public parking lots or public parking garages with more than 150 spaces, supplied in connection with an interim parking plan, provided that:

(i)        the applicable findings of Section 74-51 (Public Parking Garages or Public Parking Lots Outside High Density Central Areas) are met by each such temporary public parking facility;

(ii)        such temporary public parking lots or public parking garages with more than 150 spaces, may be located off-site or beyond the boundaries of the Special St. George District only as set forth in the interim parking plan. Any change in the location of such temporary public parking facility with more than 150 spaces, or any increase in the number of spaces in a temporary public parking facility to more than 150 spaces, or any addition of a public parking facility with more than 150 spaces provided in connection with such interim parking plan, shall be subject to further approval by the City Planning Commission and referred to the applicable Community Board(s) for review; and

(iii)        the permit to operate such public parking lots or public parking garages shall expire 30 days after the Department of Buildings issues a certificate of occupancy for all permanent public parking facilities on Parcel 2;

(b)        where such development is located partially or entirely within a railroad or transit right-of-way or yard or in railroad or transit air space:

(1)        permit that portion of the railroad or transit right-of-way or yard which will be completely covered over by a permanent platform to be included in the calculations of lot area for such development ; and

(2)        establish, in lieu of base plane, an appropriate level or levels as the reference plane for the entire zoning lot for the applicable regulations pertaining to, but not limited to, height and setback, floor area and yards;

(c)        permit signs pursuant to a signage plan, subject to the following conditions:

(1)        the sign regulations of a C4 District, as set forth in Section 32-60, shall apply, except as specifically modified by the conditions set forth in paragraphs (c)(2) through (c)(7), inclusive, of this Section;

(2)        flashing signs shall not be permitted;

(3)        the height of signs shall be measured from the base plane ;

(4)        flags, banners or pennants, other than those that are advertising signs, shall be permitted without limitation;

(5)        on Parcel 1:

(i)        the total surface area of a sign affixed to a building frontage facing the shoreline or affixed to the base of a structure facing the shoreline shall not exceed 1,120 square feet, provided that for a sign with a surface area larger than 500 square feet, all writing, pictorial representations, emblems, flags, symbols or any other figure or character comprising the design of such sign, shall be separate elements, individually cut and separately affixed to the structure. No perimeter or background surfaces shall be applied or affixed to the structure in addition to such separate elements. No portion of such separate elements shall extend beyond the maximum dimensions allowed for the structure; and

(ii)        signs shall be permitted to be located on the deck of the railroad right-of-way, provided that the surface area of such signs shall be included in the calculations of total surface area of signs ;

(6)        on Parcel 2:

(i)        open pedestrian pathways of at least 20 feet in width shall be considered streets for the purposes of sign regulations;

(ii)        signs shall not extend to a height greater than 60 feet above the base plane ; and

(iii)        the total surface area of signs on the building frontage facing Richmond Terrace, the prolongation of Wall Street, or on the building frontage or other structure facing the access route into the Ferry Terminal for buses, may exceed the limitations for total surface area for signs permitted in a C4 District, pursuant to an approved signage plan; and

(7)        the total surface area of all signs on Parcel 2 facing the shoreline, or that are within 15 degrees of being parallel to the shoreline, shall not exceed:

(i)        500 square feet for signs located above the level of the first story ceiling of buildings ; or

(ii)        250 square feet for signs located below the level of the first story ceiling of buildings ;

(d)        through approval of the Proposed Plans, establish appropriate requirements in lieu of the following Special St. George District regulations:

Section 128-12        (Transparency Requirements);

Section 128-42        (Planting Areas);

Section 128-54        (Location of Accessory Off-street Parking Spaces) to the extent necessary to accommodate demand for parking within the North Waterfront Subdistrict;

Section 128-55        (Special Requirements for Roofs of Parking Facilities); and

(e)        through approval of the Proposed Plans:

(1)        establish appropriate requirements for the height and setback of buildings or other structures, permitted obstructions in yards, off-street parking and loading; and

(2)        permit floor area to be distributed within the North Waterfront Subdistrict without regard for zoning lot lines, provided that if distribution is made to a zoning lot, subject to a special permit granted under this Section, from a zoning lot not subject to such special permit, Notices of Restriction in a form acceptable to the Department of City Planning shall be filed against such zoning lots setting forth the increase and decrease in the floor area on such zoning lots, respectively.

(f)        The Commission shall find that the Proposed Plans:

(1)        include uses that are appropriate, considering the unique location of the site in relation to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the Staten Island Rail Road, and the land uses in and around the Special St. George District ;

(2)        provide a distribution of floor area, locations and heights of buildings or other structures, primary business entrances and open areas, that will result in a superior site plan, providing a well-designed relationship between buildings and other structures and open areas on the zoning lot; and shall also provide a well-designed relationship between the site and adjacent streets, surrounding buildings, adjacent off-site open areas and shorelines and will thus benefit the users of the site, the neighborhood and the City as a whole;

(3)        provide a distribution of floor area and locations and heights of buildings or other structures that will not unduly increase the bulk of buildings or other structures in the North Waterfront Subdistrict or unduly obstruct access of light and air to the detriment of the users of the site or nearby blocks or of people using the public streets, and that will provide waterfront vistas from nearby streets and properties on nearby blocks ;

(4)        provide useful and attractive publicly accessible open space, with sufficient public amenities, including but not limited to seating, landscaping and lighting, that results in a superior relationship with surrounding neighborhood destinations, streets, buildings, open areas, public facilities and the waterfront;

(5)        improve public access to the waterfront;

(6)        improve, as applicable, the publicly accessible waterfront open space sufficiently to ensure that emergency vehicles will have adequate access to the waterfront and adjacent developments ;

(7)        in connection with the improvement of the applicable portions of the publicly accessible waterfront open space, restore planted areas, trees and lighting in a way that is attractive and compatible with the design of the Waterfront Esplanade existing on October 30, 2013;

(8)        provide adequate parking and loading to meet the demand for all users during peak utilization;

(9)        provide adequate parking for commuters at locations convenient and accessible to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at all times and during all phases of construction;

(10)        provide signage and lighting that are compatible with the scenic and historic character of the harbor and that will not adversely affect the character of the surrounding neighborhood;

(11)        for a public parking garage with more than 150 parking spaces, will ensure that:

(i)        entrances are proposed in locations and with design features that minimize traffic congestion and conflicts with pedestrians;

(ii)        adequate reservoir space has been provided at the vehicular entrances; and

(iii)        the streets providing access to such use will be adequate to handle the traffic generated thereby; and

(12)        for a development located partially or entirely within a railroad or transit right-of-way or yard and/or in railroad or transit air space, that:

(i)        the distribution of floor area does not adversely affect the character of the surrounding area by being unduly concentrated in any portion of such development, including any portion of the development located beyond the boundaries of such railroad or transit right-of-way or yard; and

(ii)        if such railroad or transit right-of-way or yard is deemed appropriate for future transportation use, the site plan and structural design of the development do not preclude future use of, or improvements to, the right-of-way for such transportation use.

The Commission may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards to minimize adverse effects on the character of the surrounding area. In addition, for a development located partially or entirely within a railroad or transit right-of-way or yard, or in railroad or transit air space, the Commission may require that the structural design of such development makes due allowance for changes within the layout of tracks or other structures within any railroad or transit air space or railroad or transit right-of-way or yard which may be deemed necessary in connection with future development or improvement of the transportation system.

Prior to granting a special permit, the Commission shall request the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to indicate whether said agency has any plan to use that portion of any railroad or transit air space or railroad or transit right-of-way or yard where the railroad or transit use has been discontinued.

The execution and recordation of a restrictive declaration acceptable to the Commission, binding the owners, successors and assigns to maintain such developments, enlargements, alterations, changes of use, and any temporary parking facilities, in accordance with the approved Proposed Plans, and in a manner consistent with any additional conditions and safeguards prescribed by the Commission, shall be a condition to exercise of the special permit. Such restrictive declaration shall be recorded in the Office of the County Clerk. A copy of such declaration shall be provided to the Department of Buildings upon application for any building permit related to a development, enlargement or change of use.

Appendix

Special St. George District Plan

        

Map 1 - Special St. George District and Subdistricts (10/30/16)

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Map 2 – Commercial Streets (10/30/16)

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Map 3 – Minimum and Maximum Base Heights (3/22/16)

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Map 4 – Tower Restriction Areas (10/30/16)

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Map 5 – Visual Corridors and Parcels (10/30/16)

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