87-21 Floor Area Regulations in the Core Subdistrict
The provisions of this Section, inclusive, shall apply to developments and enlargements within the Core Subdistrict, as shown on Map 1 in the Appendix to this Chapter.
The maximum floor area ratio for zoning lots containing only residential uses, or residential uses and community facility or commercial uses shall be 3.0. Such maximum floor area ratio may be increased to 4.0 through the provision of affordable housing pursuant to paragraph (b) of Section 23-154 (Inclusionary Housing). The maximum floor area ratio for affordable independent residences for seniors shall be 4.0.
(a)For each square foot of commercial floor area in a building occupied by the uses listed in paragraph (a)(1) of this Section, an equal or greater amount of residential, community facility or commercial floor area shall be provided from uses listed in paragraph (a)(2) of this Section.
(1) Use Groups 6A and 6C, except for:
Docks for ferries, other than gambling vessels, limited to an aggregate operational passenger load, per zoning lot, of 150 passengers per half hour
Docks for water taxis with vessel capacity limited to 99 passengers
Docks or mooring facilities for non-commercial pleasure boats;
Use Group 10:
Carpet, rug, linoleum or other floor covering stores, with no limitation on floor area per establishment
Clothing or clothing accessory stores, with no limitation on floor area per establishment
Dry goods or fabric stores, with no limitation on floor area per establishment;
Use Group 12:
Art gallery, commercial
Billiard parlor or pool halls
Bowling alleys or table tennis halls, with no limitation on number of bowling lanes per establishment
Candy or ice cream stores
Cigar and tobacco stores
Eating or drinking establishments with entertainment and a capacity of more than 200 persons, or establishments of any capacity with dancing
Jewelry or art metal craft shops
Photographic equipment stores
(2) Use Groups 1 and 2
Use Groups 3, 4A, and 4B, except cemeteries
Use Groups 5A, 6B and 8A
(b) However, the City Planning Commission may authorize a modification or waiver of this provision upon finding that such building includes:
(1) a superior site plan that enables safe and efficient pedestrian connectivity to and between establishments and publicly accessible areas;
(2) a superior parking and circulation plan that reduces conflicts between pedestrian and vehicular traffic, minimizes open parking lots and limits conflicts between curb cuts;
(3) a design that enhances and is integrated with publicly accessible areas including provision of a public entrance fronting on a waterfront public access area;
(4) a variety of retail establishments; and
(5) uses that do not unduly affect the residential uses in the nearby area or conflict with future land use and development of adjacent areas.
The Commission may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards to minimize adverse effects of any such uses on publicly accessible areas.
On Parcels 5 and 6, as shown on Map 1 in the Appendix to this Chapter, the width of any ground floor level commercial or community facility establishments facing a shore public walkway or upland connection, shall be limited to 60 feet for each street wall facing such shore public walkway or upland connection.
On Parcels 2, 3 and 4, as shown on Map 1 in the Appendix to this Chapter, a main front entrance for at least one building, as the term "main front entrance" is used in the New York City Fire Code, Section 502.1 (FRONTAGE SPACE), or its successor, shall be located facing the shore public walkway. Such main front entrance of a building shall be:
(a) on Parcel 2, located no less than 95 feet from a mapped parkland; and
(b) on Parcels 3 and 4, located no less than 45 feet from an upland connection.