Abner c/o Williams Real Estate application seeking permission to perform minor work at 39 West 19th Street
WHEREAS, Community Board Five takes its role in the review of applications to perform work on designated properties very seriously and requests an opportunity to review the application before a permit is granted by The City of New York Landmarks Preservation Commission; and
WHEREAS, Abner c/o Williams Real Estate has submitted an application seeking permission to perform minor work at 39 West 19th Street, located between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and
WHEREAS, At the request of Community Board Five, Skyline Windows, as representative of the owners of 39 West 19th Street attended our Tuesday September 29, 2009 Landmarks Committee meeting in order to present their proposal to remove and replace fifteen (15) existing windows located on the 12th Floor at the southern (front) façade of the building; and
WHEREAS, The existing windows are fitted in sets of three (3) within five (5) distinctive arched masonry openings at the top floor of the building; and
WHEREAS, The existing windows are manufactured with wood frames with a dark brown finish, and are square double hung style that are partially obscured at the top by the masonry arches; and
WHEREAS, The applicant has advised us that it is not known whether these existing windows date to the original construction of this building, and that these windows are in poor, irreparable condition; and
WHEREAS, The applicant proposes that the replacement windows shall also be square double hung style, however these will have dark brown aluminum frames; and
WHEREAS, Although the applicant has presented shop drawings that exhibit the work proposed to be performed, they have not provided any detailed photographs exhibiting the existing windows, which could have been taken from both inside their building, and from across the street; and
WHEREAS, The applicant had not been able to provide a sample of the dark brown aluminum finish proposed for the new windows frames; and
WHEREAS, The Landmarks Preservation Commission has this application listed in their agenda of items to be reviewed on Tuesday October 6, 2009; and
WHEREAS, The committee requested that the applicant prepare and provide additional information and detailed drawings to present to the committee at a later date, however, the applicant is unwilling to withdraw the application from the Commission’s calendar; and
WHEREAS, The presentation to our committee lacked the evidence of the existing conditions as well as the proposed new finish, it was not possible to make a comparison to judge the appropriateness of the proposed window replacement work; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of application by Abner c/o Williams Real Estate to perform minor work at 39 West 19th Street.
The above resolution was passed unanimously.