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Chapter 3 Special Limited Commercial District (LC)

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83-00 General Purposes
The "Special Limited Commercial District" established in this Resolution is designed to promote and protect public health, safety, general welfare and amenity. These general goals include, among others, the following specific purposes:
  1. to preserve, protect, and enhance the character of Historic Districts as the location of many of the city's most valued cultural assets;
  2. to improve circulation patterns in the areas in order to avoid congestion arising from the movements of large numbers of people;
  3. to help attract a useful cluster of shops, restaurants, cultural attractions and related activities which will complement and enhance the areas as presently existing; and
  4. to promote the most desirable use of land in these areas and thus to conserve the value of land and buildings, and thereby protect the City's tax revenues.
83-01 Definitions
For purposes of this Chapter, matter in italics is defined in Section 12-10 (DEFINITIONS).
83-02 General Provisions
Special Limited Commercial Districts may only be mapped in Commercial Districts within areas, or portions of areas, designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as "Historic Districts" pursuant to Chapters 8A or 63 of the New York City Charter and Chapter 8A of the New York City Administrative Code.
In harmony with the general purpose and intent of this Resolution and the general purpose of the Special Limited Commercial District and in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, certain specified use, sign and enclosure regulations of the districts on which Special Limited Commercial Districts are superimposed are made inapplicable, and are superseded by the use, sign and enclosure regulations of the Special Limited Commercial District as set forth in this Chapter.
In addition to meeting the use, sign and enclosure regulations as set forth in this Chapter, each building shall conform to and comply with all of the applicable district regulations of this Resolution, except as otherwise specifically provided in this Chapter.
For transit-adjacent sites, as defined in Section 66-11 (Definitions), in the event of a conflict between the provisions of this Chapter and the provisions of Article VI, Chapter 6 (Special Regulations Applying Around Mass Transit Stations), the provisions of Article VI, Chapter 6 shall control.
83-03 Use Group "LC"
Use Group "LC" comprises residential uses listed in Use Groups 1 and 2, and a group of specially related uses selected from Use Groups 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 to provide for the special needs, comfort, convenience, enjoyment, education and recreation of the residents of the surrounding communities and of the many visitors who are attracted to its activities.
  1. Amusements
    Theaters, limited to a capacity of not more than 300 seats
  2. Community Facilities
    Ambulatory diagnostic or treatment health care facilities listed in Use Group 4

    Clubs, except:
    1. clubs, the chief activity of which is a service predominantly carried on as a business;
    2. non-commercial outdoor swimming pool clubs; or
    3. any other non-commercial clubs with outdoor swimming pools located less than 500 feet from any lot line
      Colleges or universities, including professional schools

      College or school student dormitories or fraternity or sorority student houses

      Community centers or settlement houses

      Houses of worship, rectories or parish houses

      Libraries, museums, or non-commercial art galleries

      Long-term care facilities

      Monasteries, convents, or novitiates used only for living purposes, provided that such use is to be part of a group of buildings accommodating house of worship activities, schools or other house of worship facilities that existed on December 15, 1961, or any applicable subsequent amendment thereto, and that such use is to be located on the same zoning lot with one or more buildings in such group of buildings or on a zoning lot which is contiguous thereto or directly across the street on which such buildings face

      Non-commercial recreation centers

      Non-profit hospital staff dwellings located on the same zoning lot as a non-profit or voluntary hospital and related facilities or on a separate zoning lot which is immediately contiguous thereto or would be contiguous but for its separation by a street or a street intersection

      Non-profit or voluntary hospitals and related facilities, except animal hospitals

      Philanthropic or non-profit institutions with or without sleeping accommodations, including long-term care facilities, provided that the number of persons employed in central office functions shall not exceed 50, and the amount of floor area used for central office purposes shall not exceed 25 percent of the total floor area or 25,000 square feet, whichever is greater

      Proprietary hospitals and related facilities, except animal hospitals

      Schools

      Seminaries

      Welfare centers
  3. Open Uses
    Public parks or playgrounds or private parks

    Outdoor ice skating rinks
  4. Convenience Retail or Service Establishments
    Bakeries, provided that floor area used for production shall be limited to 750 square feet per establishment

    Barber shops

    Beauty parlors

    Drug stores

    Dry cleaning or clothes pressing establishments or receiving stations dealing directly with ultimate consumers, limited to 2,000 square feet of floor area per establishment, and provided that only solvents with a flash point of not less than 138.2 degrees Fahrenheit shall be used, and total aggregate dry load capacity of machines shall not exceed 60 pounds

    Eating and drinking establishments, including those which provide music for which there is no cover charge and no specified showtime

    Eating or drinking establishments with musical entertainment, but not dancing, with a capacity of 200 persons or less

    Food stores, including supermarkets, grocery stores, meat markets, or delicatessen stores, limited to 10,000 square feet per establishment

    Hardware stores

    Laundry establishments, hand or automatic self-service

    Package liquor stores

    Post offices

    Shoe or hat repair shops

    Stationery stores

    Tailor or dressmaking shops, custom

    Variety stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishment
  5. Offices
    Offices, business, professional or governmental
  6. Public Service Establishments
    Court houses

    Electric or gas utility substations, limited in each case to a site of not more than 10,000 square feet
  7. Retail or Service Establishments
    Antique stores

    Art galleries, commercial

    Artists' supply stores

    Automobile supply stores, with no installation or repair services

    Banks, including drive-in banks

    Bicycle sales

    *Blueprinting or photostatting establishments

    Book stores

    *Business schools or colleges

    Candy or ice cream stores

    Carpet, rug, linoleum, or other floor covering stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishment

    *Catering establishments

    Cigar or tobacco stores

    Clothing or clothing accessory stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishment

    *Clothing or costume rental establishments

    Dry goods or fabrics stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishment

    Electrolysis studios

    Fishing tackle or equipment, rental or sales

    Florist shops

    Frozen food lockers

    Furniture stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishment

    Furrier shops, custom

    Gift shops
    Health and fitness establishments

    Interior decorating establishments, provided that floor area used for processing, servicing, or repairs shall be limited to 750 square feet per establishment

    Jewelry or art metal craft shops

    Leather goods or luggage stores

    Loan offices

    Locksmith shops

    *Medical or dental laboratories for research or testing, or the custom manufacture or artificial teeth, dentures, or plates, not involving any danger of fire or explosion nor offensive noise, vibration, smoke or other particulate matter, odorous matter, heat, humidity, glare, or other objectionable effects

    Medical or orthopedic appliance stores

    Meeting halls

    Millinery shops

    Music stores
    *Musical instrument repair shops
    Newsstands, open or enclosed

    Optician or optometrist establishments

    Paint stores

    Pet shops

    Photographic equipment or supply stores

    Photographic studios
    Picture framing shops
    *Plumbing, heating, or ventilating equipment showrooms, without repair facilities
    Record stores

    Seed or garden supply stores

    Sewing machine stores, selling household machines only

    Shoe stores

    Sporting or athletic stores

    Stamp or coin stores
    *Studios: art, music, dancing or theatrical
    Telegraph offices

    Television, radio, phonograph, or household appliance repair shops

    Television, radio, phonograph, or household appliance stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishment

    Toy stores
    *Trade, or other schools for adults, not involving any danger of fire or explosion nor of offensive noise, vibration, smoke or particulate matter, dust, odorous matter, heat, humidity, glare, or other objectionable effects
    Travel bureaus
    *Typewriter or other small business machine repair shops
    Typewriter stores
    *Umbrella repair shops
    Wallpaper stores

    Watch or clock stores or repair shops
  8. Transient Accommodations
    Hotels, transient, where permitted pursuant to Section 32-02 (Special Provisions for Hotels)
  9. Wholesale Establishments
    Hair products for headwear, wholesaling including styling

    Photographic developing or printing establishments, limited to 2,500 square feet of floor area per establishment
  10. Accessory Uses

*        In Special Limited Commercial Districts, a use marked with an asterisk (*) shall not be located on the ground floor of a building unless such use is at least 50 feet from the street wall of the building in which it is located
83-04 Signs
Non-illuminated signs with total surface area not exceeding three times the street frontage of the zoning lot (in feet), but in no event more than 150 feet for interior or through lots or 150 feet on each frontage for corner lots, are permitted. Illuminated non-flashing signs with total surface area not exceeding three times the street frontage of the zoning lot (in feet), but in no event more than 50 feet for interior or through lots or 50 feet on each frontage for corner lots, are permitted. No permitted sign shall extend above curb level at a height greater than 25 feet.
83-05 Enclosure of Uses
All permitted uses shall be subject to the enclosure provisions of Section 32-411.
83-06 Special Permits by the Board of Standards and Appeals in Special Limited Commercial Districts
For the purpose of determining the powers of the Board of Standards and Appeals in Special Limited Commercial Districts, such districts shall be considered equivalent to C1 Districts, and the powers of the Board, as set forth in Article VII, Chapter 3, shall be limited to those powers which the Board would have in C1 Districts.
83-07 Special Permits by the City Planning Commission in Special Limited Commercial Districts
For the purpose of determining the powers of the City Planning Commission in Special Limited Commercial Districts, such districts shall be considered equivalent to C1 Districts, and the powers of the Commission, as set forth in Article VII, Chapter 4, shall be limited to those powers which the Commission would have in C1 Districts.

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