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625 Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Certificate of Appropriateness application for the installation of a decorative iron security fence along Madison Avenue.

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2019, the following resolution passed with a vote of 30 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining and 1 present but not entitled to vote:

WHEREAS, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (the “Applicant”) is a Decorated Neo-Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral located on 5th Avenue with frontage on 50th and 51st streets, and Madison Avenue, and designated Individual Landmark in 1966; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant seeks a Certificate of Appropriateness to authorize the construction of a new fence on its Madison Avenue perimeter; and

WHEREAS, The fence would deter intruders from accessing the building perimeter and would provide security near the Cardinal’s residence; and

WHEREAS, The metal fence security features have been reviewed by the NYPD unit tasked with building security; and

WHEREAS, The fence would be placed atop an existing granite wall between the Cardinal’s Residence and the Rectory, and;

WHEREAS, The posts of the proposed fence would be inserted into the wall’s existing granite coping stone with a 2 ½’’ core to accept the posts; and

WHEREAS, The fence would be made of painted steel to mimic wrought iron; and

WHEREAS, The height of the granite wall on which the fence will sit is 4’ 7”, the metal fence on the wall is 6’ 6”, thus, the total height from ground to top of the fence 11’ 1”; and

WHEREAS, The fence would be constructed in sections, each section being 3’ 3” wide; and

WHEREAS, The design of the fence would mimic the design of existing fences on the north and south sides of the Cathedral; and

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness for the construction of the proposed fence while urging that the Applicant take great care and exercise necessary prudence and skill while penetrating the existing wall to provide footings and support for the proposed fence.

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