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OSBA Petition against 49 Monroe

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The residents of Chinatown and the Lower East Side do NOT support the application for full liquor license at 49 Monroe Street. We strongly feel that such a business will be a detriment to our neighborhood and our quality-of-life.


The Petition of certain citizens of the State of New York residing in Community Board 3 oppose the liquor license applications and for TBD @ 49 Monroe Street, and Legit Cafe @ 99 Allen Street.

1) Oppose "49 Monroe Street" liquor license (OP) (1) stand-up bar for a "restaurant" to include recorded and live music. This is a previously unlicensed space in a heavily residential area, across the street from a playground. This building's Certificate of Occupany dates back to 1920's with no recent updates. There is an active violation--LL6291 - LOCAL LAW 62/91 - BOILERS. This area is zoned R7-2, and is heavily residential with
narrow streets and commercial spaces on the ground floor that mainly
consisted of dry goods and light manufacturing. The commercial spaces
under normal zoning regulations would not be used as commercial but
under prior zoning law the spaces were permitted for commercial use.
Though these spaces are considered legal non-conforming, the zoning
provisions do not take into account the issues that arise from late
night eating and drinking establishments, as well as live music per the applicants SLA questionnaire in heavily residential areas. Due to the high
residential population, the application as set forth for a never before
licensed premises, we do not think the threshold for public advantage
and convenience is met regardless if this is not a 500 Ft case.

For these reasons listed, the residents and members of OSBA cannot support this business.

We strongly urge CB3 to DENY this application for full bar.

Thank you!

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