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ENB - Region 2 Notices 10/23/2013

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 300 Lafayette Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant, Paco Lafayette LLC, for various special permits and a text amendment in connection with a proposed development for a 7 story commercial development (proposed actions). There are three special permits being sought: 1) a Special Permit pursuant to New York City Zoning Resolution Section 74-712(a) to allow Use Group 6 retail and office uses below the floor level of the second story of the proposed building, 2) a Special Permit pursuant to (ZR) Section 74-712(b) to modify applicable height and setback regulations; and 3) a Special Permit pursuant to ZR Section 74-922 to allow retail uses in Use Group 6 and 10A, with no limitation on floor area per establishment, in the proposed building. In addition the project is seeking a Zoning Text Amendment to Section 74-712 to grant a special permit to modify use and bulk regulations for the sites. The project site is located at 300 Lafayette Street, roughly bounded by East Houston Street to the north, Lafayette Street to the east, Crosby Street to the west and Jersey Street to the south, in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 2, New York.

The proposed actions will facilitate a proposal by the applicant to build a new seven story commercial development at 300 Lafayette Street containing approximately 83,200 gross square feet, including two cellar levels. The first cellar level and ground floor would be occupied by destination retail use and floors three through seven would be occupied by office use; the second floor (approximately 11,000 gross square feet) may be occupied by either retail or office use. Lots 39 and 40 are currently applicant owned, with the option to purchase Lot 38 at a later date. The project site is located within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District Extension in an M1-5B zoning district. Manufacturing and commercial uses are permitted within M1-5B district. The maximum floor area ratio (FAR) for commercial and manufacturing uses in an M1-5B district is 5.0.

Section 74-712 of the Zoning Resolution allows the New York City Planning Commission to grant special permits to allow use or bulk waivers for sites that are: 1) in a designated historic district; 2) in either an M1-5A or M1-5B zoning district; and 3) as of December 15, 2003, vacant, land with minor improvements or developed with buildings with lot coverage of less than 20 percent. Because the Site has existing lot coverage in excess of 20 percent, it is ineligible for a Section 74-712 special permit. The applicant thus proposes a zoning text amendment to Section 74-712, to increase the percentage of lot coverage allowable on a given site with frontage on two wide streets, from 20 percent to 40 percent, thus expanding the eligibility of the special permit to the subject property. The project site is the only zoning lot that satisfies these criteria.

Absent the proposed action, the applicant has stated that the project site would remain in the existing conditions. The proposed project is expected to be completed in 2016.

Contact: Celeste Evans, New York City Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3321, Email: c_evans@planning.nyc.gov.

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