Certification for Large Commercial Establishments

In the Northern Subdistrict, any commercial use larger than 7,500 square feet in floor area shall be permitted provided that, prior to the establishment of such use, the applicant shall submit a written description of such use to the local community board, together with information to demonstrate that such use will promote the goals of the Special Governors Island District, complement existing uses within the special district, and be compatible with the nature, scale and character of other uses within the special district.

The local community board shall have the opportunity to respond to such submission with written comments within forty-five (45) days of receipt and the applicant shall thereafter provide the local community board with a written response to such comments, including a description of any modifications to the proposal or, if a recommendation of the local community board has not been adopted, the reasons such modification has not been made.

In the Northern Subdistrict, no building permit shall be issued with respect to a commercial use larger than 7,500 square feet of floor area unless the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission shall have certified to the Department of Buildings that the applicant has complied with the provisions of this Section.

The provisions of this Section shall not apply to commercial uses permitted pursuant to Section 134-15 (Authorization for Certain Commercial Uses).