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1356 Broadway, application for construction work on a landmark building

WHEREAS, The building located at 1356 Broadway is a former bank, constructed in 1922-24 in the academic classical style, and designated an individual landmark in approximately 1998; and

WHEREAS, The oval-shaped, double-height main banking hall and portions of the vestibule and stairway are designated as an interior landmark; and

WHEREAS, The applicant currently uses the banking hall, vestibule, stairway and upper mezzanine as an event and entertaining space pursuant to a lease with the owner; and

WHEREAS, The applicant wishes to increase the capacity of the space from 300 people to 450 people, and proposes:

WHEREAS, The applicant did not provide any examples or materials demonstrating that the new work would be in keeping with the old, did not address the preservation of the materials and restoration of the building at the end of the lease term, and proposes work that would significantly alter the appearance of the building; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for the above listed construction and alterations on a landmark building at 1356 Broadway.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 22 in favor, 3 opposed, 2 abstentions.

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