111 Fifth Avenue. Application is to legalize the installation of illegal signage and new entrance infill without Landmarks Preservation Commission permits.
WHEREAS, 111 Fifth Avenue, located at 111 Fifth Avenue at 18th Street, is a distinguished Renaissance store and office building in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District; and
WHEREAS, It was designed by the noted architect William Schickel and Company, and built in 1894-95; and
WHEREAS, In presenting his application, the applicant failed to mention the illegal new entrance infill, but only mentioned the illegal signage; and
WHEREAS, The two very large illegal illuminated signs on either side of the entrance, each 5’4” by 42” are attached to the exterior of the glass on either side of the Fifth Avenue and 18th Street entrance, projecting out from the store by 6” and containing large H&M illuminated red logos; and
WHEREAS, In December of 2006, just before Christmas, the applicant applied to the Commission for permission to install the signage, but did not wait for a permit but withdrew his application and proceeded to do the illegal work, well aware that what he was doing was not legal; and
WHEREAS, The illegal signage is in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, entirely too large and illuminated and thus altogether inappropriate, and was knowingly put up illegally without a permit, and furthermore the applicant failed to mention to the Board the illegal work that was done at the entrance; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five requested that the applicant return before the Full Board on Thursday, March 8th to discuss the illegal entrance, the applicant said they were unable to do so; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of application to legalize the installation of illegal signage at 111 Fifth Avenue without Landmarks Preservation Commission permits; and be it further
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five request that Landmark Preservation Commission not act on the illegal entrance until the Board has had a chance to review that portion of the application.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 33 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.