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115-51 Parking and Loading Regulations
Within the Special Downtown Jamaica District, the underlying off-street parking and loading regulations shall be modified, as follows:
  1. Commercial and manufacturing uses.

    In C4, C6 and M1 Districts, the off-street parking and loading regulations of a C4-4 District shall apply, except as modified in this Section.
    1. For any use that is not allowed in a C4 District, the underlying off-street parking requirements of the applicable C6-2, C6-3, C6-4 or M1-4 District shall apply.
    2. In C4, C6 and M1 Districts, the provisions of Sections 36-12 and 44-12 (Maximum Size of Accessory Group Parking Facilities) shall be modified to permit an accessory group parking facility to contain up to 300 off-street parking spaces. Pursuant to the provisions of Sections 36-13 and 46-13 (Modification of Maximum Size of Accessory Group Parking Facilities), the Commissioner of Buildings may permit such group parking facility to contain up to 150 additional spaces.
    3. In C4, C6 and M1 Districts, the provisions of Section 36-21 (General Provisions) pertaining to accessory off-street parking spaces for commercial or community facility uses shall be modified as follows: uses in Use Groups 6B (Offices), 10B (Wholesale Establishments) and 11B (Wholesale or Similar Establishments), with parking requirement category B1, shall be required to provide one parking space per 2,000 square feet of floor area.
    4. Modification of Waiver of Parking Requirements
      1. In C4, C6 and M1 Districts, the provisions of Sections 36-23 and 44-23 (Waiver of Requirements for Spaces Below Minimum Number) shall only apply to zoning lots existing both on September 10, 2007 and on the date of application for a building permit.
      2. In C4, C6 and M1 Districts, for any commercial use permitted in a C4 or C6 District, the waiver provisions for a C4-4 District set forth in Section 36-232 (In districts with very low parking requirements) shall not apply. In lieu thereof, the maximum number of accessory off-street parking spaces for which requirements are waived shall be 15 spaces, pursuant to the waiver provisions for a C4-2 District set forth in Section 36-231 (In districts with high, medium or low parking requirements).
      3. The provisions of Sections 36-342 (Reduced requirements in other C1 or C2 Districts or in C4, C5 or C6 Districts) and 36-344 (Waiver of requirements in other C1 or C2 Districts or in C4, C5 or C6 Districts) shall not apply in the Special Downtown Jamaica District.
  2. Residential uses
    1. The provisions of Section 25-12 (Maximum Size of Accessory Group Parking Facilities) shall be modified to permit an accessory group parking facility to contain up to 300 off-street parking spaces. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 25-13 (Modification of Maximum Size of Accessory Group Parking Facilities), the Commissioner of Buildings may permit such group parking facility to contain up to 150 additional spaces.
    2. The required accessory off-street parking space regulations of the underlying districts in the Special Downtown Jamaica District shall be modified as follows: The regulations set forth for an R6A District in Section 25-20 shall apply. The regulations set forth for an R6 District in Sections 25-50 (RESTRICTIONS ON LOCATION OF ACCESSORY OFF-STREET PARKING SPACES), inclusive, and 25-60 (ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS FOR PERMITTED OR REQUIRED ACCESSORY OFF-STREET PARKING SPACES), inclusive, shall apply except as modified in paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4) of this Section.
    3. In all Residence Districts, the provisions of Section 25-26 (Waiver of Requirements for Small Number of Spaces) are modified, as follows:
      1. The provisions of Section 25-26 shall only apply to zoning lots existing both on September 10, 2007, and on the date of application for a building permit.
      2. For all developments or enlargements containing residences, the maximum number of accessory off-street parking spaces for which requirements are waived shall be five spaces.
    4. The provisions of Section 25-52 (Off-site Spaces for Residences) and 25-521 (Maximum distance from zoning lot) shall be modified to permit the location of permitted or required off-street parking spaces accessory to residences on a zoning lot other than the same zoning lot as the residences to which such spaces are accessory, provided that such zoning lot is no more than 1,500 feet from the nearest boundary of the zoning lot occupied by the residences to which they are accessory.
    5. The provisions of Section 36-42 (Off-site Spaces for Residences) and 36-421(Maximum distance from zoning lot) shall be modified to permit the location of permitted or required off-street parking spaces accessory to residences on a zoning lot other than the same zoning lot as the residences to which such spaces are accessory, provided that such zoning lot is no more than 1,500 feet from the nearest boundary of the zoning lot occupied by the residences to which they are accessory.
  3. MIH sites
For residential uses on MIH sites, the provisions of paragraphs (a)(4), (b)(2) and (b)(3) of this Section shall not apply. In lieu thereof, the underlying off-street parking provisions shall apply.
115-52 Location of Access to the Street
Map 2 (Ground Floor Use and Transparency and Curb Cut Restrictions) in Appendix A of this Chapter specifies locations where curb cuts shall be prohibited within the Special Downtown Jamaica District.
However, where permitted or required accessory off-street parking and loading requirements apply in a location where such curb cuts are prohibited, a curb cut may be allowed, provided that the City Planning Commission certifies to the Commissioner of Buildings that such zoning lot has access only to such prohibited location and that such curb cut shall be no greater than 20 feet in width.
An application to the City Planning Commission for certification respecting such curb cut shall be accompanied by a site plan drawn to a scale of at least one sixteenth inch to a foot, showing the size and location of the proposed curb cut.
The waiver provisions of Article III, Chapter 6 (Accessory Off-street Parking and Loading Regulations), shall not apply to the special location of access requirements of this Section.
115-53 Authorization for Curb Cut
Between 160th Street and a point 205 feet east of 160th Street along Archer Avenue, The City Planning Commission may authorize, subject to the applicable zoning district regulations, curb cuts that are prohibited by Section 115-52 (Location of Access to the Street), provided the Commission finds that a curb cut at such location:
  1. is not hazardous to traffic safety;
  2. will not create or contribute to serious traffic congestion, or unduly inhibit vehicular movement;
  3. will not adversely affect pedestrian movement;
  4. will not interfere with the efficient functioning of bus lanes, specially designated streets and public transit facilities; and
  5. will not be inconsistent with the character of the existing streetscape.

The Commission may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards to minimize adverse effects on the character of the surrounding area.

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