30 West 21st Street, Ladies’ Mile Historic District, application to install storefront infill, create new window openings, construct a rooftop addition and a new building
WHEREAS, 30-32 West 21st Street, located between 5th and 6th Avenue in the Ladies' Mile Historic District, is a 12 story neo-Renaissance style store and loft building designed by Bushman & Fox and constructed in 1907; and
WHEREAS, The landmarked building is being converted for residential use on the upper floors and the application includes:
WHEREAS, The façade restoration will include the replacement of the missing 11th story and roof level cornices, and full cleaning of the façade by stripping paint that was added at a later date, returning the storefront entry to its original color; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five would like to see the replaced cornices be cast-iron; and
WHEREAS, The side addition will re-establish the "street wall," and require the removal of an unsightly exterior stairway and metal door that opens to the empty lot; and
WHEREAS, Although the roof top addition is partially visible when viewed from the west approach to the building, as indicated in a mock-up of the roof top addition presented to Community Board Five; this factor is not deemed to be serious enough to detract from the other proposed property improvements that will benefit the Historic District; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to install storefront infill, create new window openings, construct a rooftop addition and a new building at 30 West 21st Street in the Ladies' Mile Historic District.The above resolution passed with a vote of 21 in favor, 8 opposed, 1 abstention.