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29 West 21st Street, Application for the removal and reconfiguration of non-original store-front, entry doors, street façade, windows and signage.

WHEREAS, 29 West 21st Street located between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas, is a six-story neo-Re naissance store and loft building, designed by the architectural firm James E. Ware & Son, was constructed in 1909, and is in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, the building is primarily constructed of buff colored brick, with Milford Pink Granite at the base of the east and west piers; and

WHEREAS, at the first floor level, there is an entrance for upper floors of the building at the west, and an entrance for the ground floor tenant toward the east, centered between two storefront windows, all underneath four transom windows; and

WHEREAS, with the exception of the western most transom window, which is composed of 4” X 4” panes of glass, it is evident that much of the first floor had been altered over time, including the existing painted wood storefront infill, and aluminum clad doors at the building entrance; and

WHEREAS, the applicant proposes to remove the existing entrance doors and storefront infill; and

WHEREAS, the applicant proposes to install new full height glass entrance doors at both the west and at the east, which would be recessed into the building, and would mirror one another; and

WHEREAS, the applicant proposes to install a new metal clad storefront which would be painted a light color; and

WHEREAS, the applicant proposes to retain the existing westernmost transom, but to have a total of three transom windows, which would mimic the bands of tripartite one-over-one windows in floors two through six; and

WHEREAS, the applicant proposes to have signage installed 18” behind the new glazing; and

 WHEREAS, we strongly recommend keeping the four part transom windows, but are in agreement that the proposed removal and replacement of the non-historic storefront and entrances would not have a negative impact; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to remove and reconfigure the non-original storefront, entry doors, street façade, windows and signage at 29 West 21st Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 30 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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