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24 West 24th Street (Bet. 5th and 6th Avenues), application for installation of an exterior ADA Ramp and related alterations.

At the scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, January 16, 2014, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 25 in favor; 2 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, 24 West 24th Street is a thru-block commercial neo-Renaissance style building with entrances on West 23rd and 24th Streets, designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh for William C. Schermerhorn a Chairman of trustees at Columbia University, located between Avenue of the Americas and 5th Avenue in the Ladies' Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The building was constructed in 1893-94 with an addition on West 24th Street constructed in 1914-15; and

WHEREAS, The applicant, Ladies Mile, LLC has applied for the installation of an exterior ADA ramp on the West 24th Street entrance to make it a primary entrance for the north side of the Building; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant has applied to add a new entry way on the site to accommodate the new exterior ADA ramp, and to remove existing steps to accommodate the exterior ADA ramp; and

WHEREAS, the applicant is proposing to add a handrail at the existing stairs, and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has concerns about the appropriateness, for this site and the district, of the new external ADA ramp and related alterations when combined with additional unspecified changes planned by the Applicant; and

WHEREAS, In accordance with said concerns the Applicant has agreed to obtain Community Board Five approval for any additional changes to the site as a condition for approval of the new ADA ramp and related alterations; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends an approval of the new ADA ramp for 24 West 24th Street with the condition that any additional changes to this site would need CB5 approval.

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