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1179 Broadway (Madison Square North Historic District) Application for façade renovation.

WHEREAS, 1179 Broadway is located in the Madison Square North Historic District on the west side of Broadway between West 28th and West 29th Streets and is a four-story store and office building, originally constructed in the mid-1800's as part of the Coleman House hotel complex and extensively renovated in 1926; and

WHEREAS, in 1926 when many of the area's commercial buildings were being given new facades, the building was covered with stucco facing that was subsequently altered with another "Garden State Brickface" type stucco re-facing, scored to resemble bricks; and

WHEREAS, the LPC June 26, 2001 Designation Report states that "the storefronts and stucco are non-historic"; and

WHEREAS, the NYC Department of Buildings has served the owners with violations as a result of serious structural conditions necessitating the placement of emergency scaffolding at the base of the building; and

WHEREAS, these conditions include cracking of the stucco, bowing outward of the front of the building, water infiltration and decay of bricks and steel at the headers; and

WHEREAS, after consultations with LPC Staff, the owners are applying to replace the building facade with stucco (which will not be scored) the color of limestone, matching the appearance of the facade as it was in 1926; and

WHEREAS, as part of the renovation, all upper floor windows above the storefront will be replaced with fixed glass wood framed windows, not pivoting, to conform to the NYC Building code by allowing child safety railing protection; and

WHEREAS, the applicant has agreed to retain a professional Architectural Conservator to document the existing materials that will be re used in the new facade and supervise the material's removal, storage and replacement, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for facade renovation for 1179 Broadway in the Madison Square North Historic District.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 36 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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