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245 5th Avenue, application to replace non-historic infill at the Fifth Avenue entrance and alter a side bay on East 28th Street

WHEREAS, 245 5th Avenue is a 24 story store and lofts Neo-Gothic building located in the Madison Square North Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The building was designed by architect George F. Pelham and constructed in 1926-27 during the last period of high-rise commercial development of the Madison Square North Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The building remains largely intact on the exterior, with the exception of the storefronts that are non-historic; and

WHEREAS, The original entrance was demolished in 2001 and was replaced by an entranceway that was modern in nature; and

WHEREAS, The application is to alter this opening to go back towards the original configuration in terms of entry placement; and

WHEREAS, There are no photographs on record that show the original entranceway; and

WHEREAS, The proposed entranceway, in addition to the notes above will also address drainage problems and will provide a increased opportunity for the public to see the entrance lobby, which is notable; and

WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing to alter one side bay on East 28th Street to provide access to a retail establishment; and

WHEREAS, No original materials will be removed from the building; and

WHEREAS, There is no intention of adding any lighting or signage to the façade or to make any changes that alter historic material; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the proposed application for 245 Fifth Avenue at the Southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 28th Street.

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