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Application for replacement of existing wood-framed windows to aluminum-framed windows at 7 West 22nd St.

WHEREAS, 7 West 22nd Street is a pre-war 10-story commercial building built in 1901, known as The Spinning Wheel Building, designed by James Barnes Baker and located in the Ladies' Mile Historic District between 5th and 6th Avenues; and

WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to remove the 9th floor street-facing wood-framed windows on the 9th floor (total nine windows) and replace them with aluminum-framed insulated windows; and

WHEREAS, 7 West 22nd Street is an 82 feet wide building that still maintains most of its original wood-framed windows on both the street façade and throughout the entire building; and

WHEREAS, The owner of this building is applying to Landmarks Preservation Commission to change all existing wood and metal-clad double-hung windows to aluminum-framed double-hung windows throughout the building, and all but the 9th Floor arched wood windows will be decided at LPC staff level; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five would like to urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to take this opportunity to maintain the presence of wood-framed windows in this largely intact building, which is so prominent in this district; and

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of this application to replace the existing 9th floor arched wood-framed windows to aluminum-framed windows since wood-framed windows are not only the dominant window type on this building, but highly characteristic of the Ladies' Mile Historic District;  and be it further

RESOLVED, CB5 urges the Landmarks Preservation Commission to strongly consider maintaining the original fabric of this building at their staff-level approval for the remaining window replacements.

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