File #: Res 0898-2015    Version: * Name: LU 288 - Zoning, NEW YORK WHEEL SPECIAL PERMIT, Parcel 1 of the North Waterfront Subdistrict, Staten Island (C 150447 ZSR)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Land Use
On agenda: 10/29/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution approving the decision of the City Planning Commission on ULURP No. C 150447 ZSR (L.U. No. 288), for the grant of a special permit pursuant to Section 128-61 of the Zoning Resolution to allow for the development of an Observation Wheel, accessory terminal building, public parking garage with a maximum of 950 spaces, and an improvement plan for a Waterfront Esplanade, on property located on Parcel 1 in the North Waterfront Subdistrict (Block 2, Lots 22, 9018, 18 and p/o Lot 20), within the Special St. George District, Community District 1, Borough of Staten Island.
Sponsors: David G. Greenfield, Donovan J. Richards
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. October 29, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 2. Hearing Transcript of the Stated Meeting - October 29, 2015, 3. Committee Report, 4. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 29, 2015




Resolution approving the decision of the City Planning Commission on ULURP No. C 150447 ZSR (L.U. No. 288), for the grant of a special permit pursuant to Section 128-61 of the Zoning Resolution to allow for the development of an Observation Wheel, accessory terminal building, public parking garage with a maximum of 950 spaces, and an improvement plan for a Waterfront Esplanade, on property located on Parcel 1 in the North Waterfront Subdistrict (Block 2, Lots 22, 9018, 18 and p/o Lot 20), within the Special St. George District, Community District 1, Borough of Staten Island.


By Council Members Greenfield and Richards


WHEREAS, the City Planning Commission filed with the Council on October 9, 2015 its decision dated October 7, 2015 (the "Decision"), on the application submitted by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and New York Wheel, LLC , pursuant to Sections 197-c and 201 of the New York City Charter, for the grant of a special permit pursuant to Section 128-61 of the Zoning Resolution to allow for the development plan of an Observation Wheel, accessory terminal building, public parking garage with a maximum of 950 spaces, and an improvement plan for a Waterfront Esplanade, on property located on Parcel 1 in the North Waterfront Subdistrict (Block 2, Lots 22, 9018, 18 and p/o Lot 20), within the Special St. George District, (ULURP No. C 150447 ZSR), Community District 1, Borough of Staten Island (the "Application");


WHEREAS, the Decision is subject to review and action by the Council pursuant to Section 197-d(b)(3) of the City Charter;


                          WHEREAS, the City Planning Commission has made the findings required pursuant to Section 128-61 of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York;


WHEREAS, upon due notice, the Council held a public hearing on the Decision and Application on October 20, 2015;


WHEREAS, the Council has considered the land use and environmental implications and other policy issues relating to the Decision and Application; and


                     WHEREAS, the Council has considered the relevant environmental issues and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (“FEIS”), for which a Notice of Completion was issued on August 29, 2013 (CEQR No. 13SBS001R), the CEQR Technical Memoranda (001) and (002) dated July 7, 2014 and July 10, 2015 respectively, (the “CEQR Technical Memoranda”);




Having considered the FEIS and the CEQR Technical Memoranda with respect to the Decision and Application, the Council finds that:


(1)                                          The FEIS meets the requirements of 6 N.Y.C.R.R. Part 617;


(2)                     Consistent with social, economic and other essential considerations, from among the reasonable alternatives thereto, the action to be approved is one which minimizes or avoids adverse environmental impacts to the maximum extent practicable; and


(3)                     The adverse environmental impacts disclosed in the FEIS and Technical Memorandums 001 and 002 will be minimized or avoided to the maximum extent practicable by incorporating as conditions to the approval, in accordance with the environmental commitment letter, dated September 11, 2013, from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the St. George Outlet Development LLC, and the New York Wheel LLC, those project components related to the environment and mitigation measures that were identified as practicable; and


(4)                          The Decision, together with the FEIS and the CEQR Technical Memoranda, constitute the written statement of facts, and of social, economic and other factors and standards, that form the basis of the decision, pursuant to 6 N.Y.C.R.R. §617.11(d).


Pursuant to Sections 197-d and 201 of the City Charter and on the basis of the Decision and Application, and based on the environmental determination and consideration described in this report, C 150447 ZSR, incorporated by reference herein, the Council approves the Decision subject to the following conditions:


1.    The property that is the subject of the Application (C 150447 ZSR) shall be developed in size and arrangement substantially in accordance with the dimensions, specifications and zoning computations indicated on the following plans, prepared by Perkins Eastman Architects, filed with the Application and incorporated in this resolution:


Drawing No.                                          Title                                                                                                                 Last Date Revised

                     Zoning Lots Site Plan                                                                                    06.24.15

Z0.0                                                   Cover Sheet                                                                                                         06.24.15

Z1.0                                                   Site Plan                                                                                                            09.28.15

Z2.0                                                   Sections                                                                                                                              06.24.15

Z3.1                                                   Sub Cellar/Bank Street Level Plan                                          09.28.15

                     Z3.2                         Cellar Level Plan                                                                                    09.28.15

Z3.3                                                   Ground/Richmond Terrace Level Plan                                          09.28.15

Z3.4                                                   Second Level Plan                                                                                       09.28.15

Z4.0                                                   Elevations                                                                                                         06.24.15

Z5.1                                                   Sub Cellar/Bank Street Level Garage Plan                     09.28.15

Z5.2                                                   Cellar Level Garage Plan                                                               09.28.15

Z5.3                                                   Ground/Richmond Terrace Level Garage Plan                     09.28.15

Z5.4                                                   Second Level Garage Plan                                                               09.28.15

Z6.1                                                   Temporary Parking Phase 1                                                               06.24.15

Z6.2                                                   Temporary Parking Phase 2                                                               06.24.15

Z7.0                                                   Signage and Transparency Elevations                                          06.24.15

Z8.0                                                   Wheel Lighting Elevation                                                               06.24.15


And the following landscape plans prepared by MPFP llc/M. Paull Friedberg & Partners, filed with this application and incorporated in this resolution:


Drawing No.                                          Title                                                                                                                  Last Date Revised


ZL-01                                                               Landscape Cover Sheet                                                               09.28.15

ZL-100                                          Public Space/Key Plan                                                               09.28.15

ZL-101                                          Enlarged Plan                                                                                                         09.28.15

ZL-102                                          Enlarged Plan                                                                                                         09.28.15

                     ZL-103                                          Richmond Terrace Playground Plan                                          09.28.15

ZL-200                                          Grading Plan                                                                                                         09.28.15

ZL-201                                          Grading Plan                                                                                       09.28.15

ZL-202                                          Slope Diagram                                                                                       09.28.15

ZL-300                                          Tree Plan                                                                                                         09.28.15

ZL-301                                          Planting Plan                                                                                                         09.28.15

ZL-400                                          Material Plan                                                                                                         09.28.15

ZL-401                                          Amenities Plan                                                                                    09.28.15

ZL-500                                          Sections                                                                                                         09.28.15

ZL-501                                          Sections                                                                                                         09.28.15

ZL-502                                          Sections                                                                                                         09.28.15

ZL-503                                          Sections                                                                                                         09.28.15

ZL-600                                          Landscape Details                                                                                    06.24.15

ZL-601                                          Planting Details                                                                                    06.24.15

ZL-602                                          Fence Details                                                                                                         06.24.15

ZL-603                                          Precast Bench Details                                                                  06.24.15

ZL-700                                          Material Details                                                                                    06.24.15

ZL-701                                          Wood Bench Details                                                                                    06.24.15

ZL-702                                          Playground Equipment Details                                          06.24.15

ZL-800                                          Exterior Signage Location Plan And Messaging06.24.15

ZL-900                                          Photometric Plan                                                                                       06.24.15

ZL-901                                          Photometric Plan                                                                                    06.24.15

ZL-1000                                          Esplanade Improvement Plan                                                               06.24.15

ZL-1001                                          Esplanade Improvement Plan                                                               06.24.15

ZL-1002                                          Esplanade Improvement Plan                                                               06.24.15

ZL-1003                                          Esplanade Improvement Plan                                                               06.24.15

ZL-1004                                          Esplanade Improvement Plan                                                               06.24.15

ZL-1005                                          Esplanade Improvement Details                                          06.24.15


2.   Such development shall conform to all applicable provisions of the Zoning Resolution, except for the modifications specifically granted in this resolution and shown on the plans listed above which have been filed with the Application.  All zoning computations are subject to verification and approval by the New York City Department of Buildings.


3.   Such development shall conform to all applicable laws and regulations relating to its construction, operation and maintenance.


4.                     Development pursuant to this resolution shall be allowed only after the first modification to the restrictive declaration, attached as Exhibit A to the City Planning Commission Decision C 150447 ZSR, with such administrative changes as are acceptable to Counsel to the Department of City Planning, has been executed and recorded by the New York Wheel LLC in the Office of the Richmond County Clerk. Such first modification to the restrictive declaration shall be deemed incorporated herein as a condition of this resolution.


5.                      All leases, subleases, or other agreements for use or occupancy of space at the subject property shall give actual notice of this special permit to the lessee, sublessee or occupant.


6.                      Upon the failure of any party having any right, title or interest in the property that is the subject of this application, or the failure of any heir, successor, assign, or legal representative of such party, to observe any of the covenants, restrictions, agreements, terms or conditions of this resolution whose provisions shall constitute conditions of the special permit hereby granted, the City Planning Commission may, without the consent of any other party, revoke any portion of or all of said special permit. Such power of revocation shall be in addition to and not limited to any other powers of the City Planning Commission, or of any other agency of government, or any private person or entity. Any such failure as stated above, or any alteration in the development that is the subject of this application that departs from any of the conditions listed above, is grounds for the City Planning Commission or the City Council, as applicable, to disapprove any application for modification, cancellation or amendment of the special permit hereby granted.


7.                      Neither the City of New York nor its employees or agents shall have any liability for money damages by reason of the city’s or such employee’s or agent’s failure to act in accordance with the provisions of this special permit.




                       Office of the City Clerk, }

The City of New York,  } ss.:


I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by The Council of The City of New York on October 29, 2015, on file in this office.





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