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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:
- to preserve, protect, and enhance the character of Historic Districts as the location of many of the city's most valued cultural assets;
- to improve circulation patterns in the areas in order to avoid congestion arising from the movements of large numbers of people;
- 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
- 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.
83-02 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of the districts on which Special Limited Commercial Districts are superimposed are made inapplicable, and are superseded by the use, sign and enclosure regulations of the Special Limited Commercial District as set forth in this Chapter.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.
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.
- AmusementsTheaters, limited to a capacity of not more than 300 seats
- Community FacilitiesAmbulatory diagnostic or treatment health care facilities listed in Use Group 4Clubs, except:
- clubs, the chief activity of which is a service predominantly carried on as a business;
- non-commercial outdoor swimming pool clubs; or
- any other non-commercial clubs with outdoor swimming pools located less than 500 feet from any lot lineColleges or universities, including professional schoolsCollege or school student dormitories or fraternity or sorority student housesCommunity centers or settlement housesHouses of worship, rectories or parish housesLibraries, museums, or non-commercial art galleriesLong-term care facilitiesMonasteries, 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 faceNon-commercial recreation centersNon-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 intersectionNon-profit or voluntary hospitals and related facilities, except animal hospitalsPhilanthropic 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 greaterProprietary hospitals and related facilities, except animal hospitalsSchoolsSeminariesWelfare centers
- Open UsesPublic parks or playgrounds or private parksOutdoor ice skating rinks
- Convenience Retail or Service EstablishmentsBakeries, provided that floor area used for production shall be limited to 750 square feet per establishmentBarber shopsBeauty parlorsDrug storesDry 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 poundsEating and drinking establishments, including those which provide music for which there is no cover charge and no specified showtimeEating or drinking establishments with musical entertainment, but not dancing, with a capacity of 200 persons or lessFood stores, including supermarkets, grocery stores, meat markets, or delicatessen stores, limited to 10,000 square feet per establishmentHardware storesLaundry establishments, hand or automatic self-servicePackage liquor storesPost officesShoe or hat repair shopsStationery storesTailor or dressmaking shops, customVariety stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishment
- OfficesOffices, business, professional or governmental
- Public Service EstablishmentsCourt housesElectric or gas utility substations, limited in each case to a site of not more than 10,000 square feet
- Retail or Service EstablishmentsAntique storesArt galleries, commercialArtists' supply storesAutomobile supply stores, with no installation or repair servicesBanks, including drive-in banksBicycle sales*Blueprinting or photostatting establishmentsBook stores*Business schools or collegesCandy or ice cream storesCarpet, rug, linoleum, or other floor covering stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishment*Catering establishmentsCigar or tobacco storesClothing or clothing accessory stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishment*Clothing or costume rental establishmentsDry goods or fabrics stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishmentElectrolysis studiosFishing tackle or equipment, rental or salesFlorist shopsFrozen food lockersFurniture stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishmentFurrier shops, customGift shopsHealth and fitness establishmentsInterior decorating establishments, provided that floor area used for processing, servicing, or repairs shall be limited to 750 square feet per establishmentJewelry or art metal craft shopsLeather goods or luggage storesLoan officesLocksmith 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 effectsMedical or orthopedic appliance storesMeeting hallsMillinery shopsMusic stores*Musical instrument repair shopsNewsstands, open or enclosedOptician or optometrist establishmentsPaint storesPet shopsPhotographic equipment or supply storesPhotographic studiosPicture framing shops*Plumbing, heating, or ventilating equipment showrooms, without repair facilitiesRecord storesSeed or garden supply storesSewing machine stores, selling household machines onlyShoe storesSporting or athletic storesStamp or coin stores*Studios: art, music, dancing or theatricalTelegraph officesTelevision, radio, phonograph, or household appliance repair shopsTelevision, radio, phonograph, or household appliance stores, limited to 10,000 square feet of floor area per establishmentToy 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 effectsTravel bureaus*Typewriter or other small business machine repair shopsTypewriter stores*Umbrella repair shopsWallpaper storesWatch or clock stores or repair shops
- Transient AccommodationsHotels, transient, where permitted pursuant to Section 32-02 (Special Provisions for Hotels)
- Wholesale EstablishmentsHair products for headwear, wholesaling including stylingPhotographic developing or printing establishments, limited to 2,500 square feet of floor area per establishment
- 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
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
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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