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915 Broadway (b/t 20th & 21st), application for modifications to the building’s existing canopy and entranceway

At the scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, July 11, 2013, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 36 in favor; 2 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, 915 Broadway is a 20 story commercial building, constructed in 1926, located between East 20th and 21st Streets within the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The owners, ABS Partners, have applied to LPC for changes be made to restore the Tudor Revival style of the westernmost entrance on Broadway; and

WHEREAS, This restoration will replace the currently existing stainless steel and glass entranceway and canopy; and

WHEREAS, The proposal will remove the non-historic canopy with a recreation of the original arched entrance in buff-colored cast stone to match the historic façade; and

WHEREAS, The design of the archway will harmonize with the design of the entry at the corner of Broadway and 21st Street and are based on photographs of the building's original design; and

WHEREAS, The proposed glass entranceway will be placed back within the archway to improve egress, comply with ADA and energy code requirements as well as provide less obtrusive mechanical air intake and exhaust for the lobby and the adjacent commercial retail space without significantly affecting the building's façade; and

WHEREAS, These changes will create a more visually open and historically and architecturally-appropriate entranceway; and

WHEREAS, The Trust for Architectural Easements, which holds a Conservation Deed of Easement, has reviewed the design and does not object to the alterations to the property; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has agreed to balance the light emanating from the new lobby after dusk so that it does not imbalance the view from the street; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the proposed renovation at 915 Broadway.

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