19-25 West 20th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, Ladies Mile Historic District, application for restoration work to existing public parking garage and a three (3) story rooftop residential addition along with a new 15 story residential building at ...
WHEREAS, 19-25 West 20th Street, located in the Ladies Mile Historic District, is a parcel containing 21-25 West 20th Street, a seven story brick 75' wide public parking garage built in 1926-27 and 19 West 20th Street. a 25' wide parking lot, flanked by sidewalls of the adjacent buildings that reveal the silhouette of a rowhouse that once stood on the site; and
WHEREAS, The applicant is seeking to develop the 25' parking lot as a 15 story residential building which would not be permitted under Section 23-692 of the Zoning Resolution since it would be a prohibited "sliver" building in a C 6-4A Zoning District; and
WHEREAS, By requesting approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to cantilever a three story extension of new construction above the existing parking garage, the applicant is making the argument that the building lot is really a 100' wide property, not 25' wide, and that Section 23-692 does not apply; and
WHEREAS, By using lightweight steel and glass construction materials the applicant intends to minimize the load on the existing garage structure for the new three story addition; and
WHEREAS, Since this steel and glass design dictates that the new 15 story building use similar materials for its design; and
WHEREAS, Residents and organizations in the Ladies Mile Historic District have strongly objected to this development based on:
WHEREAS, Although the applicant is proposing to repair and restore some elements of the existing parking garage, including a neon sign which had been removed, this is deemed to be insufficient justification to approve the application; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for restoration work to an existing public parking garage and a three story rooftop residential addition along with a new 15 story residential building at an adjacent open surface parking lot at 19-25 West 20 Street in the Ladies Mile Historic District.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 26 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.