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7 East 27th Street, Application for partially visible mechanical equipment on the rooftop.

WHEREAS, 7 East 27th Street is a Beaux Arts style 12-story building with a penthouse located in the Madison Square North Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant has proposed extensive renovations including a full restoration of the building's 27th Street façade; and

WHEREAS, The renovations include a rooftop installation of mechanical equipment, which would be partially visible from certain street vantages; and

WHEREAS, The roof is the only viable location for the mechanical equipment, and

WHEREAS, The Applicant has proposed the installation of a pre-fabricated corrugated metal screen to block the mechanical equipment from view; and

WHEREAS, The screen will be painted to match the building's penthouse and will be approximately 6 feet tall and 50 feet long, spanning the length of the penthouse; and

WHEREAS, The screen will be a free-standing structure installed behind a setback, and engineered to withstand weather conditions; and

WHEREAS, The Landmarks Commission requested the Applicant install this screen to mitigate the effect of the visible mechanical equipment; and

WHEREAS, The addition of a partially visible metal screen will be a relatively minor intrusion on the District; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of this application to install mechanical equipment on the roof of 7 East 27th Street behind a metal screen.

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