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1 East 28th St, Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove the current roll gates and install awnings across three storefronts at 1 East 28th Street.

WHEREAS, 1 East 28th St, aka 251-253 Fifth Avenue in the Madison Square North Historic District, is a Queen Anne style flats building with ground floor stores designed by George B. Post, built in 1872-1874, and later altered in 1948; and

WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing to remove a non-historic roll gate and install a retractable awning with signage to replace signage installed without permit; and

WHEREAS, The current retail tenants are small business owners, including a mobile phone store, a barber shop and a food store; and

WHEREAS, The site does slope approximately 8 inches from the cell phone store to the food store and in order to place the awnings, the cast iron element of the facade would be penetrated — it would use the lintel of the storefront and the base of the window above — which is the only way, according to the architect, to attach the awnings; and

WHEREAS, The awnings will be black fabric with white writing and the intent is to provide a cohesive look throughout the building; and

WHEREAS, The awnings would be 8' across and come out 3' with an 8'' skirt; and

WHEREAS, The roll gate at the corner occupied by a bubble tea shop will be removed but no awning is being proposed at this specific location; and

WHEREAS, The signage that was there and that has since been removed was in violation and in addition to curing the violations at the ground level, it is apparently the landlord's intent to also bring the third floor into compliance and eventually submit an application to replace windows, paint the building and generally spruce up the location; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness to install awnings above ground floor entrances at 1 East 28th St.

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