117-51 Queens Plaza Subdistrict Special Use Regulations
The special use provisions of Sections 123-20 through 123-50, inclusive, of the Special Mixed Use District shall apply in the Queens Plaza Subdistrict except where modified by the provisions of this Section and shall supplement or supersede the provisions of the designated Residence or M1 District, as applicable.
The following uses as listed in Section 42-30 (USES PERMITTED BY SPECIAL PERMIT) shall be permitted as-of-right in the Queens Plaza Subdistrict with no limitation on floor area per establishment:
Carpet, rug, linoleum or other floor covering stores;
Clothing or clothing accessory stores;
Dry goods or fabric stores;
Television, radio, phonograph or household appliance stores;
On designated streets in the Queens Plaza Subdistrict, as shown on Map 2 in Appendix C of this Chapter, the special ground floor use and frontage regulations of this Section shall apply to any building or other structure fronting on such streets.
Uses within stories on the ground floor or with a floor level within five feet of curb level shall be limited exclusively to permitted commercial, manufacturing or community facility uses as modified by the special use provisions of Sections 117-51 and 117-511, except for lobby space or entrance space.
In no event shall the length of street frontage occupied by lobby space, entrance space and/or a building entrance recess exceed in total 50 percent of the building's total street frontage or 30 feet, whichever is less. However, the total length of street frontage occupied by lobby space and/or entrance space need not be less than 25 feet.
Within the Queens Plaza Subdistrict, the transparency requirements of Section 37-34 (Minimum Transparency Requirements) shall apply to all developments and to enlargements where the enlarged portion of the ground floor of the building is within eight feet of the street line. However, the provisions establishing the maximum width of ground floor level street wall without transparency shall not apply. In lieu thereof, any portion of such building wall that is 50 feet or more in length and contains no transparent element between curb level and 14 feet above curb level or the ceiling of the ground floor, whichever is higher, or to its full height if such wall is less than 14 feet in height, shall be covered with vines or similar planting or contain artwork or be treated so as to provide visual relief. Plantings shall be planted in soil having a depth of not less than 2 feet, 6 inches, and a minimum width of 24 inches.
The transparency requirements of this Section shall not apply to any building where the ground floor is occupied by uses listed in Use Groups 16 or 17.
Within the Queens Plaza Subdistrict, the sign regulations of Section 123-40 shall apply, except that such sign regulations may be modified to permit a non-flashing sign on the rooftop of a non-residential building, provided that such sign directs attention to a business conducted within such building, where such business occupies at least 20 percent of the floor area within such building, or a minimum of 50,000 square feet of floor area within such building, whichever is less. In addition, the following rules shall apply:
(a) such sign shall be located on the rooftop of a building with frontage on Queens Plaza South, Queens Boulevard, Queens Plaza East or Queens Plaza North, and the height of the rooftop on which the sign is affixed shall be at least 70 feet but not more than 150 feet above curb level;
(b) there shall be no more than one such sign on a zoning lot, and no more than one such sign per establishment on any sign structure;
(c) such signs shall be affixed to an open frame structure with maximum dimensions that shall not exceed 45 feet in height, as measured from the surface of the roof to its uppermost point, and 150 feet in width, as measured along its widest dimension;
(d) 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 open frame structure. No perimeter or background surfaces shall be applied or affixed to the open frame structure in addition to such separate elements. No portion of such separate elements shall extend beyond the maximum dimensions allowed for an open frame structure. The area of such separate elements of a rooftop sign shall not count towards the maximum surface area of a sign permitted in Section 32-644 (Illuminated or flashing signs in C4, C5-4, C6 or C7 Districts); and
(e) any illumination from a rooftop sign located within 100 feet of any building containing residences, where such residences legally existed at the time of the application for a permit for such sign, shall not project into or reflect onto any residential portion of such building.