Our project is a high-rise multi-family residential project in New York City. We seek credit equivalency for Sustainable Sites cr4.4: Alternative Transportation, Parking Capacity based on a previous CIR ruling, dated 11/1/04 that states, "... credit equivalency may be available for unique circumstances, such as projects in dense urban settings ... and that demonstrate achievement of the credit intent by reducing single occupancy vehicle (SOV) use. Carpool/vanpool spaces typically are not appropriate for residential projects, as stated in SSc4 CIR rulings dated 12/27/2001 and 4/28/2003." Our project is located in Manhattan, and as the CIR dated 3/7/2003 notes, "In Manhattan, there are no minimum parking capacity requirements for residential buildings..." Per the same CIR ruling, we used the most recent ITE Parking Generation study to compare against our project's parking allotment. Our project has 460 apartments. The most recent ITE Parking Generation study (3rd Edition) lists the parking ratio as 1.03 spaces per dwelling unit. Using this statistic, the project could provide up to 474 spaces. Instead, our project will have 83 parking spaces available, but only 48 will be made available for residences as 35 will be used by an adjacent commercial project. Thus, the project is providing just over an 82% reduction (exemplary performance) compared to the new ITE Parking Generation statistic. Our project is located in an area extraordinarily well-served by mass transportation, with two major alternative transit hubs being located less than 800' (much less than a 1/2 mile) from the site. One is a subway station serving 8 different lines: B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, and W trains, providing transfers between two of the busiest lines: the F and the N. The other is Penn Station, which connects subway passengers from the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 lines to a commuter rail line (the Long Island Rail Road), state and nation wide Amtrak service, and the A subway line which connects to the Air Train service to JFK airport. In addition, there are 13 major bus routes within 1/4 mile of the site: bus line numbers 4, 32, 10, 20, 16, 34, 6, 7, 2, 3, and 5. By virtue of the extreme reduction in parking spots offered, the short distance to major subway lines and railways, and the close proximity to numerous bus routes, the project has already greatly discouraged the need for individuals to own or use a car to travel to and from the building. However, the owners have taken other important steps to encourage alternatives to the use of single occupancy vehicles. The project spans one city block, located in the center of a block between two major avenues, sandwiched between existing buildings. The main lobby of the building opens to only one of the cross town streets. To encourage use of the bus system through convenient access to bus stops, the owners are providing an additional entrance that offers direct access to the nearest bus stop which is directly adjacent to the back of the building. This will negate the need to walk to the nearest avenue and around the block, as would have been the case if only one entrance had been provided. Additionally, the owner will be providing a vending machine for tenants that will sell MetroCards, which can be used for both bus and subway travel. This is rarely done in private buildings, but the owner wants to provide a convenience to the tenants that will promote use of public transportation. Since the MTA does not provide MetroCard vending machines outside of their own facilities, the owner had to put significant effort into finding a private ATM company which could provide this service. In the Lobby, there will be a clearly marked, widely visible rider board. On this rider board, there will also be posted information about car sharing services in NYC. Each tenant will individually receive a tenant manual outlining the building's green features. In this handbook, there will be specific information about car sharing services, detailing where the nearest cars are located and how to use the service. To recap, our project: 1. provides an 82% reduction (exemplary performance) in parking capacity 2. provides tenants a special entrance which leads directly from the closest bus stop 3. gives tenants the convenient ability to buy MetroCard tickets in the building 4. provides a clearly marked, widely visible rider board 5. widely encourages and educates tenants about using car sharing services As stated before, in a CIR ruling, "Carpool/vanpool spaces typically are not appropriate for residential projects ..." Given the specifics of our building and site, we believe our efforts comply with the intent of the credit.
The combination of these strategies meets the intent of the credit. The project achieved exemplary parking reduction, as required by CIR ruling dated 4/28/03, and is providing infrastructure and support programs to facilitate the use of mass transit and shared vehicle programs as suggested by previous CIR rulings. Upon submittal, please provide documentation to support each of the strategies outlined.
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