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17 West 17th Street, application for an elevator bulkhead extension for the roof

WHEREAS, 17 West 17th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues in the middle of the block) is an 11 story townhouse built in 1907 and located within the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The building is 53 feet wide, faced in white brick, above a two story metal-framed storefront; and

WHEREAS, The first and second stories are recent aluminum and glass replacements, although the original metal cornice at the top of the second story remains; and

WHEREAS, The non-retail stories consist of single floor apartments; and

WHEREAS, The owners are requesting permission to extend the freight elevator bulkhead on the roof an additional 15 feet, using the same materials currently used in the bulkhead on the roof; and

WHEREAS, The reason for this extension is to permit materials to be brought to the top of the building for roof work without necessitating obtaining entrance through the various apartments; and

WHEREAS, The extension is minimally visible from 17th Street and not at all visible from 18th streets; and

WHEREAS, Where it can be viewed, this view is extremely limited and the sight is in keeping with the other rooftops in close proximity; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to undertake the proposed elevator bulkhead extension for the roof at 17 West 17th Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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