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For buildings which are developed or enlarged within the East Midtown Subdistrict, the applicable provisions of Section 81-40 (MANDATORY DISTRICT PLAN ELEMENTS) shall be modified in accordance with the provisions of this Section, inclusive.
81-671 Special Street Wall Requirements
The requirements of Section 81-43 (Street Wall Continuity Along Designated Streets) shall be applicable within the Subdistrict, except as modified in this Section.
Buildings with frontage on Park, Lexington, Madison and Vanderbilt Avenues, or Depew Place in the Grand Central Core Area, as shown on Map 2 (East Midtown Subdistrict and Subareas) in Appendix A of this Chapter, shall have a street wall within 10 feet of the street line of such streets. On 42nd Street, the street wall shall be at the street line. The width of the required street wall shall be at least 80 percent of the length of the front lot line.
The minimum height of such street walls without any setback shall be 120 feet above curb level or the height of the building, whichever is less, and the maximum height shall not exceed 150 feet above curb level. Where a zoning lot is bounded by the intersection of Park Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Madison Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, 42nd Street or Depew Place and any other street, these street wall height regulations shall apply along the full length of the zoning lot along the other street or to a distance of 125 feet from the intersection, whichever is less.

However, for developments or, where permitted, enlargements on qualifying sites within an area bounded by East 43rd Street, Second Avenue, East 42nd Street and a line 200 feet east of Third Avenue, such street wall location requirements shall not apply to the portion of the frontage where an open publicly accessible space is provided in accordance with paragraph (b) of Section 81-681 (Mandatory requirements for qualifying sites).
Beyond 125 feet of the intersection, the maximum height of the street wall above curb level shall not exceed 120 feet. For such buildings, the provisions of Section 81-262 (Maximum height of front wall at the street line) shall not be applicable.
However, the ten-foot setback requirement of paragraph (a) of Section 81-263 (Standard setback requirements) shall apply only to those portions of the building above 120 feet.
81-672 Sidewalk Widenings
All sidewalk widenings provided pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be improved as sidewalks to Department of Transportation standards, shall be at the same level as the adjoining public sidewalks, and shall be accessible to the public at all times. The design provisions set forth in paragraph (f) of Section 37-53 (Design Standards for Pedestrian Circulation Spaces) shall apply, except as modified in this Section. All sidewalk widenings provided in accordance with the provisions of this Section shall constitute pedestrian circulation space, as required pursuant to Section 81-45 (Pedestrian Circulation Space).
  1. Mandatory sidewalk widenings along Madison and Lexington Avenues

    Developments or, where permitted, enlargements on qualifying sites with frontage along Madison and Lexington Avenues, shall provide mandatory sidewalk widenings as follows:
    1. where such zoning lot occupies the entire block frontage, a sidewalk widening shall be provided to the extent necessary so that a minimum sidewalk width of 20 feet is achieved, including portions within and beyond the zoning lot. However, no sidewalk widening need exceed 10 feet, as measured perpendicular to the street line;
    2. where such zoning lot does not occupy the entire block frontage, a sidewalk widening shall be provided where all existing buildings on the block frontage have provided such a widening. Such required widening shall match the amount of widened sidewalk provided on adjacent zoning lots, provided that no sidewalk widening need exceed 10 feet, as measured perpendicular to the street line.
  2. Permitted sidewalk widenings

    Sidewalk widenings may be provided, in accordance with the applicable size and design standards established in Section 37-50 (REQUIREMENTS FOR PEDESTRIAN CIRCULATION SPACE), inclusive:
    1. along narrow streets in the Grand Central Subarea, as shown on Map 2 (East Midtown Subdistrict and Subareas) in Appendix A of this Chapter, for developments or enlargements on zoning lots with a lot width of 100 feet or more, as measured along the street line of such narrow street; and
    2. where a street wall, or portions thereof, is permitted to be located beyond the street line pursuant to the applicable provisions of Section 81-671 (Special street wall requirements).
  3. Permitted obstructions

    In the Grand Central Subarea, as shown on Map 2, awnings and canopies shall be permitted obstructions within a sidewalk widening provided that no structural posts or supports are located within any portion of the sidewalk or such widening.
81-673 Mass Transit Access
  1. On qualifying sites

    Where a zoning lot contains an easement volume for pedestrian access to a subway station or rail mass transit facility and such zoning lot is proposed to be developed or, where permitted, enlarged in accordance with the provisions for qualifying sites, such existing easement volume shall be preserved, or reconfigured in accordance with standards and terms approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), as part of such development or enlargement. Any reconfiguration shall be constructed by the owner of the development or enlargement.

    For such developments or, where permitted, enlargements, the owner shall submit a site plan showing a proposed location and size of the transit easement volume that would provide access between the street and the below-grade subway station or rail mass transit facility and be compatible with the proposed development or enlargement on the zoning lot for joint approval and final certification by the MTA and the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission. The MTA and the Chairperson shall comment on such site plan within 45 days of its receipt and may, within such 45-day period or following its expiration, permit the granting of an excavation permit while the location and size of the transit easement volume is being finalized. Upon joint approval of a site plan by the MTA and the Chairperson, copies of such certification shall be forwarded by the Chairperson to the Department of Buildings.

    Legal instruments creating a transit easement volume shall be executed and recorded in a form acceptable to the City. The execution and recording of such instruments shall be a precondition to the issuance of any foundation permit, new building permit, or alteration permit by the Department of Buildings allowing such development or enlargement.
  2. On qualifying sites in the Grand Central Transit Improvement Zone Subarea or in the Other Transit Improvement Zone Subarea

    For developments or, where permitted, enlargements involving ground floor level construction on qualifying sites in the Grand Central Transit Improvement Zone Subarea, or in the Other Transit Improvement Zone Subarea, as shown on Map 2 (East Midtown Subdistrict and Subareas) in Appendix A of this Chapter, in addition to the provisions of paragraph (a) of this Section, as applicable, a transit easement volume may be required on such zoning lot for public access between the street and a below-grade subway station or rail mass transit facility.

    Prior to filing any applications with the Department of Buildings for an excavation permit, foundation permit, new building permit or alteration permit for a development or enlargement, the owner of the zoning lot shall file an application with the MTA and the Chairperson requesting a certification as to whether or not a transit easement volume is required on the zoning lot.

    Within 60 days of receipt of such application, the MTA and the Chairperson shall jointly certify whether or not a transit easement volume is required on the zoning lot. Failure to certify within the 60-day period will release the owner from any obligation to provide a transit easement volume on such zoning lot.

    When the MTA and the Chairperson indicate that a transit easement volume is required, the owner shall submit a site plan showing a proposed location and size of the transit easement volume that would provide access between the street and the below-grade subway station or rail mass transit facility and be compatible with the proposed development or enlargement on the zoning lot for joint approval and final certification by the MTA and the Chairperson. The MTA and the Chairperson shall comment on such site plan within 45 days of its receipt and may, within such 45-day period or following its expiration, permit the granting of an excavation permit while the location and size of the transit easement volume is being finalized. Upon joint approval of a site plan by the MTA and the Chairperson, copies of such certification shall be forwarded by the Chairperson to the Department of Buildings.

    Legal instruments creating a transit easement volume shall be executed and recorded in a form acceptable to the City. The execution and recording of such instruments shall be a precondition to the issuance of any foundation permit, new building permit, or alteration permit by the Department of Buildings allowing such development or enlargement.

    If a transit easement volume is required on the zoning lot, pursuant to the provisions of this Section, an off-street subway or rail mass transit access improvement may be constructed and maintained by either the owner of the development or enlargement, or the MTA, as follows:
    1. where such mass transit access improvement is constructed and maintained by the owner of the development or enlargement:
      1. such mass transit access shall be improved to the standards set forth in Section 81-48 and shall be approved by the MTA, and shall comply with the following:
        1. where the lobby of the building adjoins such mass transit access, in addition to mass transit access to the street, such mass transit access shall provide a direct connection to the lobby of the building that is open during normal business hours; and
        2. such mass transit access shall provide directional signs in accordance with the provisions of Section 81-412 (Directional signs). Such signs shall be exempt from the maximum surface area of non-illuminated signs permitted by Section 32-642 (Non-illuminated signs); and
      2. no temporary certificate of occupancy shall be granted by the Department of Buildings for the building until the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission, acting in consultation with the MTA, has certified that the improvements are substantially complete and usable by the public.
    2. where such mass transit access improvement is constructed and maintained by the MTA:
      1. where construction of the transit easement volume by the MTA is not contemporaneous with the construction of the development:
        1. any underground walls constructed along the front lot line of a zoning lot shall contain a knockout panel, not less than 12 feet wide, below curb level down to the bottom of the easement. The actual location and size of such knockout panel shall be determined through consultation with the MTA; and
        2. temporary construction access shall be granted to the MTA on portions of the zoning lot outside of the transit easement volume, as necessary, to enable construction within and connection to the transit easement volume; and
      2. in the event that the MTA has approved of obstructions associated with the development or enlargement within the transit easement volume, such as building columns or footings, such construction and maintenance shall exclude any such obstructions within the transit easement volume.
  3. In other locations

    For portions of the Special Midtown District within the Special Transit Land Use District, where, as part of a development or enlargement involving ground floor level construction, a transit easement volume is required by the MTA to accommodate, whether singly or in any combination, light wells, stairs, ramps, escalators, elevators, passageways, or ancillary facilities required to support the functioning of subway station or rail mass transit facilities, including, but not limited to, emergency egress or ventilation structures, the MTA shall, in consultation with the owner of the zoning lot and the City Planning Commission, determine the appropriate type of transit easement and reasonable dimensions for such transit easement volume.

The floor space occupied by any transit easement volume required pursuant to this Section shall not count as floor area. Where access improvements are constructed by the owner of the zoning lot, each square foot of mass transit access may constitute three square feet of pedestrian circulation space required pursuant to Section 81-45 (Pedestrian Circulation Space), not to exceed 3,000 square feet.
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