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126-128 Fifth Avenue Application for Replacement of Storefront and Signage

At the scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, February 14, 2013, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, 126-128 Fifth Avenue is located in the Ladies' Mile Historic District and has applied to LPC for approval of the replacement of portions of the ground floor storefront and signage; and

WHEREAS, This building was designed by Robert Maynicke and completed in 1906; and

WHEREAS, The Application is to install new storefront infill, doors and signage; and

WHEREAS, Non-historic infill at the store entry on Fifth Avenue will be replaced; and

WHEREAS, A new swing door and a new revolving door will be installed at the store entry on Fifth Avenue; and

WHEREAS, The existing "Gap" signage will be replaced with new, bold lettered, protruding, illuminated "Athleta" signage in two locations (front and 18th Street side of building); and

WHEREAS, The new signage is much larger and more distracting than the existing signage, but similar to other signage in the Historic District previously approved by LPC; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to install new storefront infill, doors and signage at 126-128 Fifth Avenue with a recommendation that the Applicant explore other less distracting alternatives for the new signage.

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