325 Park Avenue, St. Bartholomew’s Church, application for Continuing Maintenance Report pursuant to ZR Section 81-642.
WHEREAS, St. Bartholomew’s Church is a church and community house located at 325 Park Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets; and
WHEREAS, The church, designed by Bertram G. Goodhue (with a porch designed by McKim, Mead & White), was completed in 1919 and the Community House, also designed by Mr. Goodhue, was completed in 1928; and
WHEREAS, St. Bartholomew’s was designed in the Byzantine style and is especially striking for the polychromy produced by the blending of salmon-colored brick with greyish limestone, marble, and tiles of various hues; and
WHEREAS, It was designated a landmark in 1967; and WHEREAS, The applicant has requested approval for a continuing maintenance plan in perpetuity in order to facilitate the transfer of development rights pursuant to ZR 81-642; and
WHEREAS, The maintenance plan includes a detailed scope, methodology of assessment, and timetable for work based on the identification of funds as air rights transfers are finalized; and
WHEREAS, The plan presented by the applicant is focused on bringing the structure to good condition; and
WHEREAS, The air rights to be transferred are approximately 500,000 square feet at a cost that will support the implementation of the proposed plan; and
WHEREAS, 75% of the proceeds from the sale of air rights will be committed to executing the maintenance plan; and
WHEREAS, The church will present the details of each air rights transaction to Community Board Five, including the amount of square feet being transferred and the receiving site; and
WHEREAS, The applicant recognizes that the specific work to be done, such as, but not limited to, revisions to original materials, colors, structures, lighting, and mechanisms will be brought before Community Board Five at the time when any changes or alterations have been identified; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five agrees that the maintenance plan and restoration work as presented demonstrate a robust quality of craftsmanship and respect for the landmark; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval for the application by St. Bartholomew’s Church for the Continuing Maintenance Report pursuant to ZR Section 81-642.