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71 West 23rd Street/ 6th Avenue (Masonic Hall), application to legalize 4 illegally placed flagpoles

WHEREAS, 71 West 23rd Street, Masonic Hall, 23rd Street is a 19 story building constructed in 1909 and 1913, located in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission notified the Applicant that there are four illegally placed flagpoles on the building, two on the West 23rd Street facade and two on the Avenue of the Americas facade; and

WHEREAS, Masonic Hall has applied to have these four flagpoles legalized; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant has not supplied historic photographs or documentation to support the placement of the flagpoles on the building; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has had a general policy of not approving illegal additions to landmarked buildings in Historic Districts; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to legalize the four flagpoles at 71 West 23rd Street.

The above resolution passedby a vote of 38 in favor; 0 opposed; 2 abstaining.

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