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1 West 29th Street, Marble Collegiate Church, application to replace the existing the exterior sign at the southeast corner of the property

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, June 13, 2019, the following resolution passed with a vote of 40 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, The Marble Collegiate Reformed Church, located at 270 Fifth Avenue, has applied for a certificate of appropriateness to replace the existing free-standing exterior sign located at the southeast corner of the property; and

WHEREAS, The Marble Collegiate Reformed Church is a designated individual landmark completed in 1854, and

WHEREAS, The proposed new sign is made up of a LCD color monitor, similar to a TV screen, illuminated and able to screen moving images; and

WHEREAS, In order to support the large and heavy proposed screen, a new larger and heavier frame would be installed; and

WHEREAS, The monitor would be displaying a rotation of moving images and written information and would be on at all times of day and night; and

WHEREAS, The screen would be equipped with surveillance cameras to protect against vandalism; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five finds the new sign design, which contains a full motion color LCD video screen, is unacceptable in front of this building and on Fifth Avenue as it is inharmonious with the historic building, inconsistent with the design and function of the existing sign, and removes historic fabric that is part of the existing sign; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of Marble Collegiate Reformed Church’s application for a certificate of appropriateness to remove their existing free-standing exterior sign and replace it with a LCD monitor screen sign.

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