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73 5th Avenue/1-3 East 15th Street, application for the installation of a storefront

WHEREAS, The Kensington Building located at 73 Fifth Avenue on the north east corner of 15th Street and Fifth Avenue, is a store and loft building, built in Beaux-Arts style by architect Samuel Sass in 1906-07; and

WHEREAS, The application is for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of a new storefront on the 15th Street side of the building; and

WHEREAS, The applicant wants to replace a corrugated service door to match the existing historic door to its right, with a new door, piers and transoms, and matching moldings, mimicking cast iron with a painted and carved wood frame; and

WHEREAS, The right door is a double door and the left one is a single door, but both door frames have the same dimension and architectural treatment; and

WHEREAS, Two dark-brown, fabric, retractable awnings with beige lettering will be installed above the doors; and

WHEREAS, Two stainless steel plaques with black embossed lettering flanking the left door will be installed on the walls; and

WHEREAS, These changes are in keeping with the architectural style of the building and the neighborhood; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of a new storefront at 1-3 East 15th Street side of 73 Fifth Avenue.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 31 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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