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52 West 21st Street, between 5th & 6th Aves., Ladies Mile Historic District - Application to legalize façade

WHEREAS, the owners of 52 West 21st Street, located in the Ladies Mile Historic District, have applied to LPC to legalize the façade of the building and appeared at CB 5 May 12, 2011 and the previous building owners appeared at CB 5 December 13, 2007, to obtain Approval for facade renovations; and

WHEREAS, on each of the two occasions that CB 5 reviewed the Application and the building work that had been done by each of the owners, Approval was Denied (35-0-1 at the May 12, 2011 Full Board Meeting); and

WHEREAS,the Applicant failed to appear at the November 29, 2011 Landmarks Committee Meeting of CB 5 to explain what if any changes have been made in the building design or condition since the last time the matter was presented to CB 5; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, CB 5 recommends to LPC that the Application by 52 West 21st Street, Ladies Mile Historic District to legalize façade be Denied. (For reference purposes the May 12, 2011 Resolution of CB 5 is shown below:

WHEREAS, 52 West 21st Street is a five-story commercial/loft retail and residential building located in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The previous owner appeared before CB5 and was denied approval by CB5 on December 13, 2007 for repairs, renovation and restoration of the facade for reasons detailed in the CB5 Resolution set forth below; and

WHEREAS, Exterior renovations were done without conforming to the requirements of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and the current owner is now seeking to "legalize" these facade modifications; and

WHEREAS, The scope of work that was performed improved the appearance of the building which had been in a severely deteriorated condition, but did not meet the required architectural drawings, plans, details and specifications presented to LPC, since they failed to include:

                                    1. Decorative spandrels between the floors

                                    2. Window sash, frames and mullions as depicted 

                                    3. Sign band above the ground floor storefront

                                    4. Panel bulkheads at ground floor

                                    5. Deep cornices

                                    6. Use of appropriate Historic materials and colors throughout the facade; and

WHEREAS, The current appearance of the building is out of character with the Historic District, especially with the two immediately adjacent buildings; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to legalize facade renovations at 52 West 21st Street. (Denied:  Vote: 35-0-1 Abstention)

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

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