On December 17, 2007 the Department of City Planning filed modified applications for the 125th Street Corridor Rezoning. The modified applications, C 080100(A) ZRM and C 080099(A) ZMM, include modifications to the proposed zoning text amendment to include the Arts Bonus mechanism and a revised proposed zoning map that replaces a portion of a C4-4A zoning district with a C4-4D zoning district.
The Arts Bonus mechanism provides a floor area bonus in exchange for the provision of space for visual or performing arts space within new development. The proposed Arts Bonus mechanism seeks to provide additional incentives for the creation of visual and performing arts spaces within the 125th Street corridor to help sustain and enhance the district’s identity as a premier arts destination.
The arts bonus mechanism would allow an increase in floor area, up to the maximum FAR, of four square feet for every one square foot of floor area provided for visual or performing arts core and shell space within the bonused development. The Arts Bonus would be applicable within the proposed C4-7, C6-3 and C4-4D districts through out the entire Special 125th Street District and would increase the base allowed FAR up to the maximum allowed FAR, within the prescribed height limits, as shown in the table below.
The space for visual and performing arts provided through the Arts Bonus would be required to be occupied by qualifying uses. These qualifying uses would be required to be not-for-profit uses and would include:
A minimum of 60 percent of the total floor area of the visual or performing arts space would be required to be occupied by the qualifying uses listed above. Accessory educational, rehearsal or administrative office uses would be allowed but limited to a maximum of 25 percent of the total floor area of the visual or performing arts space. Accessory uses to the visual or performing arts space would be limited to a maximum of 25 percent of the total floor area of the visual or performing arts space (such uses include dressing rooms, lobbies, ticket offices, rest rooms, circulation space, etc).
- Art galleries
- Historical exhibits
- Performance venues
Developments within the Core Subdistrict utilizing the Arts Bonus and providing a visual or performing arts space equivalent to at least five percent of the total floor area of the development would be exempt from complying with the entertainment use requirement as described in the proposed action.
In order to ensure that the visual or performing arts space provided through the Arts Bonus would be accessible to the public, such space would be required to have a regularly scheduled presentation program that is open to the public, would have to be located above ground and would be required to be accessible from 125th Street. Signage identifying the visual or performing arts space on 125th Street would also be required.
In order to ensure that developments using the bonus generate bona fide visual or performing arts spaces, requirements would be included regarding written commitments to the operation of the arts or performance space, submission of plans for visual or performing arts spaces identifying adequate physical and fiscal resources, and the process for certification by the Chairperson of City Planning in cooperation with the Department of Cultural Affairs.
View the complete modified proposed zoning text amendment.
C4-4D map change
The modified proposed zoning map includes a C4-4D zoning district instead of a C4-4A zoning district on 125th Street between Madison Avenue and 90 feet west of Park Avenue on the north side of 125th Street and 215 feet west of Park Avenue on the south side of 125th Street. This zoning designation seeks to create further incentives for new mixed-use development that capitalize on the proximity to mass transit, specifically on the proximity to the 125th Street station of the MTA Metro-North railroad line on Park Avenue and 125th Street. The modified proposed zoning map is shown below.
The combined potential impacts of the Arts Bonus mechanism and the C4-4D map change were analyzed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) submitted on February 29th, 2008 as part of the "Expanded Arts Bonus Alternative" included in Chapter 21. View the FEIS.
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