281 Park Avenue South, Church Missions House/Protestant Welfare Agencies Building, (SE corner of 22nd St.), application for proposed new storefront, window replacement, relocation of entry doors and improving ADA compliance.
WHEREAS, 281 Park Avenue South (SE corner of 22nd St is an individual landmark designated in 1979; and
WHEREAS, According to the designation report, "is an elegant reminder of the distinctive neighborhood which developed along Park Avenue South between 21st and 23rd Streets during the 1890's"; and
WHEREAS, The designation report also states that "the building exhibited all the necessary technological components of the early skyscrapers and is an especially successful example in New York of architecture inspired by Northern European secular architecture of the 15th and 16th centuries"; and
WHEREAS, An application has been received seeking permission to relocate the building entrance, replace the glass in the windows on the 1st and 2nd floors, add new glass to the entry doors, add low profile LED light to the second floor façade, paint signage on the first floor windows and install an ADA compliant ramp along the 22nd Street façade; and
WHEREAS, The existing windows are not historic and the applicant has failed to achieve an appropriate historic look and feel for the proposed windows on the first and second floors; and
WHEREAS, Although the proposed ADA compliant ramp is acceptable, the proposed modifications to the windows and façade are not consistent with the character of the building; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for proposed new storefront, window replacement, relocation of entry doors and improving ADA compliance at 281 Park Avenue South The Church Missions House/Protestant Welfare Agencies Building (SE corner of 22nd St.)