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33 West 17th Street, application to increase height of existing bulkhead on the roof

WHEREAS, 33 West 17th Street is an  eleven-story, neo-Renaissance Style store and loft building designed by Schwartz & Gross and built in 1907-08, located on the north side of 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in the Ladies' Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant has applied to increase the height of the existing bulkhead on the roof of the building; and 

WHEREAS, The bulkhead will stand 21 feet and 8 inches above the building roof, which will be approximately twice its existing height; and 

WHEREAS, The bulkhead is required to add an elevator stop for ADA elevator access to a new rooftop deck that is being built as an amenity for building tenants; and 

WHEREAS, The bulkhead will be minimally visible east and west of the building on 17th Street including the top of the bulkhead being visible from 17th Street and 6th Avenue; and

WHEREAS, The visibility of the bulkhead is in keeping with the visibility of other rooftop structures on the building and other buildings on the block and in the nearby surrounding area; and 

WHEREAS, The Applicant will consult LPC regarding the color of the bulkhead; and  

WHEREAS, Additionally the Applicant will examine the building standing seam metal storefront hood and make any necessary repairs; therefore be it 

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to increase the height of the bulkhead on the roof of 33 West 17th Street.

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