ECF Project at Co-Op Tech on East 96th Street

The New York City Educational Construction Fund (ECF) is proposing the following project for development:

ECF Project at the School of Cooperative Technical Education (Coop Tech) on East 96th Street in Manhattan.

ECF, along with the developer, AvalonBay, proposes to replace the existing School of Cooperative Technical Education (COOP Tech) with a new facility and build an additional school building on the site to house two other East Harlem schools: the Heritage School and Park East High School. The site consists of an entire city block bounded by First and Second Avenues and 96th and 97th Streets.

Currently, the site houses COOP Tech on the eastern side and the Marx Brothers playground on the western side. The project would include a residential tower with 30% of the units reserved for
permanently affordable housing, as well as a small retail component at its base. The project would also reconstruct and revitalize the Marx Brothers playground, which is jointly operated by the DOE and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

To facilitate the proposed development, the applicant requests the following series of actions:

  • Zoning Map Amendment to change (i) the northern half of the project area from R7-2 district to a C2-8 district within 100 feet of Second Avenue and an R10 district over its remainder; and (ii) the southern half of the project area from an existing R10A district to a C2-8 district within 100 feet of Second Avenue and an R10 district over its remainder (the “Rezoning”);
  • Zoning Text Amendment to modify (i) Section 74-75 (Educational Construction Fund Projects) of the Zoning Resolution to allow the distribution of allowable lot coverage without regard to zoning lot lines on a zoning lot containing Co-Op Tech High School and (ii) Appendix F of the Zoning Resolution to establish a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Designated Area over the project area (the “Text Amendment”)
  • Special Permit from the City Planning Commission, pursuant to Section 74-75 of the (Educational Construction Fund Projects) to modify the following sections of the Zoning Resolution:
    • 23-64 and 24-522 relating to height and setback and sky exposure regulations on First Avenue, Second Avenue and 96th Street (wide streets) and 97th Street (narrow street);
    • 23-651 (a) related to permitted tower coverage to allow the tower of the proposed building to occupy a minimum 9.6% of the zoning lot (12,600 square feet), which is less than the minimum 30% tower coverage and to allow the tower coverage calculations to be made for the entire zoning lot;
    • 23-651 (a) relating to location of floor area to allow the proposed building to have 319,600 square feet or 20.3% of the total floor area of the zoning lot located either partially or entirely below a height of 150 feet, which is less than the required 55% to 60% of floor area;
    •  23-65(a)(2), 23-651(a) and 23-651(b) to permit the proposed tower to be located beyond 125 feet from Second Avenue, nor provide the required setback above the base and not occupy the entire street frontage of the zoning lot and permit the street wall of the base of the tower to exceed 85 feet; and
    • 24-11 to authorize distribution of lot coverage without regard for zoning lot lines in connection with the School Building
  • Special Permit from the City Planning Commission, pursuant to 74-533 of the Zoning Resolution, to waive accessory off-street parking requirements for non-income restricted dwelling units;
  • Certification from City Planning Commission, pursuant to section 26-15 of the Zoning Resolution to allow more than one curb cut on a narrow street;
  • Certification from City Planning Commission, pursuant to section 26-17 of the Zoning Resolution to allow more curb cuts on a wide street; and
  • Certification from the Transit Authority and the City Planning Commission, pursuant to Section 95-04 of the Zoning Resolution that a transit easement volume is not required on the project area

On January 17, 2017, the applications (1702266 ZMM, 170228 ZSM, 170229 ZSM) for these land use actions were certified as complete by the Department of City Planning.

The community board review period for these certified applications began on January 26, 2017 and must be completed by March 27, 2017.

** Community Board 11 will hold a public hearing on these land use applications during is Full Board meeting on February 21, 2017. **


CB11 hosted presentations and discussions:

December 14, 2016
Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee
presentation by ECF and Avalon Bay

February 21, 2017
Full Board – Public Hearing (notice)

March 8, 2017
Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee
(presentation by ECF and Avalon Bay)
(presentation by George Janes)

March 9, 2017
Environment, Open Space & Parks Committee
(presentation by ECF and Avalon Bay)

March 15, 2017
Economic Development, Culture & Tourism Committee
(presentation by ECF and Avalon Bay)

March 21, 2017
Full Board – Public Hearing & Vote (notice)


Documentation

ECF East 96th Street COOP Tech Q & A

CB11 Checklist and Supporting documentation

Draft Environmental Impact Statement, January 17, 2017

Land Use Application and Supporting Materials, January 25, 2017

CB11 Recommedation on Land Use Application, March 27, 2017


Presentations

Redevelopment of 321 East 96th Street, Educational Construction Fund, December 14, 2016

Draft Scope of Work Presentation, June 29, 2016