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30 East 20th Street, application for the removal of fire shutters

WHEREAS, 30 East 20th Street, also known as the Gabay Building is a seven story store and loft commercial building located in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The building, designed by Frederick Zobel and built by Gertude Gabay in 1906-07, exhibits an elegant Beaux Arts façade; and

WHEREAS, The building is adjacent to the Theodore Roosevelt House; and

WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing to remove historic metal fire shutters from the rear facade that is not visible from the street, and

WHEREAS, The 17 original cast iron fire shutters, affixed to the south facade have not been maintained and present extensive signs of deterioration; and

WHEREAS, The applicant submitted an engineer report stating that the shutters restoration would be costly; and

WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing to keep the shutters in the building's storage room, in case someone would be interested to restore the shutters in the future and will leave hinges in place; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to remove cast iron fire shutters at 30 East 20th Street

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