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Grand Central Terminal 89 East 42 Street Pershing Square Viaduct Enhancement Project

At the scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, October 11, 2012, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 38 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, The Pershing Square Viaduct (Park Avenue Viaduct), located on Park Avenue, spanning from Grand Central Terminal at 42nd Street to 40th Street was designated a New York City Landmark on September 23, 1980; and

WHEREAS, The Viaduct was designed by Warren and Wetmore and was conceived as part of the original 1903 Reed and Stem design for Grand Central Terminal, with construction completed in 1919; and

WHEREAS, The design of the Viaduct is French in character with three low arches separated by granite piers with iron lamp posts; and

WHEREAS, The Viaduct is integral for establishing , enhancing and highlighting Grand Central Terminal's historical main entrance at 89 East 42nd Street and as an important connector establishing Park Avenue as a north/south thoroughfare; and

WHEREAS, The Grand Central Partnership, the Metro-North Railroad and the NYC Department of Transportation are collaborating to improve and enhance the Viaduct in conjunction with the Centennial of Grand Central Terminal on 2013; and

WHEREAS, The architectural firm Beyer, Blinder, Belle has prepared a detailed submission for CB 5 and LPC detailing the following elements:

WHEREAS, Metro-North Railroad has done a paint analysis to match the original paint for the patching and repainting; and

WHEREAS, These modifications and enhancements are deemed consonant with the historical character of the Viaduct; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval the Grand Central Terminal Pershing Square Viaduct Enhancements.

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