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242 5th Avenue, Madison Square North Historic District, application for the renovation and restoration of a vacant 5 story building including a rooftop addition and rear yard extension.

At the scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, April 11, 2013, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 41 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, The owners of 242 5th Avenue, between W. 27 and W. 28 Sts., located in the Madison Square North Historic District, have applied to LPC for approval for the renovation and restoration of this vacant 5 story building, including  a rooftop and a rear yard addition; and

WHEREAS, This building's cast iron facade, designed by George Harding, dates back to 1885, featuring a giant triumphant pediment crowning its glass and sheet metal facade; and

WHEREAS, The renovations and additions include 1) raising the roof which will be not be visible behind the existing parapet on the easterly facade; 2) extension of the rear of the building leaving 30 feet of rear yard for the residential tenants for light and air; and 3) construction of a 500 sq. ft. addition on the rooftop at the rear of the building; and 

WHEREAS, The applicant did not ask for CB5 approval for the easterly 5th Avenue facade window and retail storefront renovations, indicating that LPC will address approval of these elements at the staff level; and

WHEREAS, A CB5 inspection of the mock ups revealed that only a small sliver of the rooftop addition will be visible from E. 28 St., so that it would be hardly noticeable from the public way; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for 242 5th Avenue (between West 27th and West 28th Streets), Madison Square North Historic District,  for the renovation and restoration of a vacant 5 story building including a rooftop addition, rear yard extension and 500 sq. ft. rooftop addition.

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