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February 16, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Landmarks Gives Thumbs Sideways to Gansevoort Project

Applications Filed for New Developments at 11-19 and 85 Jane Street

Upcoming Events and Programs




Landmarks Gives Thumbs Sideways to Gansevoort Project

Last Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation Commission met to discuss and review the proposal for demolition, new construction and large-scale additions at 46-74 Gansevoort Street. The public was allowed to observe but not speak, following the public hearing in November.

The Commissioners had many criticisms of the project, including aspects of the design of the proposed new buildings as well as their scale, and indicated changes would need to be made.  However, they also indicated that they would approve the proposed demolition of two buildings and their replacement with substantially larger ones, albeit somewhat reduced in size from what the developer proposed.  They also indicated they would allow large scale additions to the two-story buildings at 60-68 Gansevoort Street, though here again at a somewhat reduced scale as compared to what the developer proposed.  And they asked for a reduction in the size of the proposed new building at 50 Gansevoort Street.  It is now up to the developer to come up with a revised proposal in response to the Commissioner’s feedback.  Se video of the meeting and the Commissioner’s comments here.

We were disappointed by the Commission’s willingness to accommodate the proposed demolitions and to allow new construction and additions of the scale they indicated they would accept.  But we were also gratified that our and the public’s pushback helped lead to some significant reductions in the size of the proposed developments.  GVSHP is working with our allies at Save Gansevoort to supply the Commission with historically accurate information about the height and size of buildings previously located on these sites and those which the Commissioners cited as appropriate precedent for the height of the new buildings to ensure they are no larger than they should be. 

More information about the proposed development and the landmarks review process for them can be found here.  For more information on preservation efforts in Gansevoort Market/the Meatpacking District, click here.

Applications Filed for New Developments at 11-19 and 85 Jane Street

On Friday, building permit applications were filed for 11-19 Jane Street and 85 Jane Street.  GVSHP has previously reported on the development potential for both these sites, which were both purchased in recent years for large sums of money, and has been closely monitoring plans for both sites. The filings are:

  • 11-19 Jane Street (Greenwich Avenue/Hudson Street):  A 74 ft. high, 6 story, 30,597 sq ft structure with 9 dwelling units.  This may actually be multiple buildings; published reports say the plans include a 6-story building and lower townhouses; read more here.  The permit application is here.

  • 85 Jane Street (Greenwich and Washington Streets):  An 80 ft. high, 5-story, 15,926 sq ft single family house. The permit application is here.


Because both sites are located in the Greenwich Village Historic District, any proposed development will have to go through the landmarks public review and approval process, including public hearings at the Community Board and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  The latter will ultimately decide what is or is not allowed on each site.  The law charges the Commission with reviewing all proposed changes in historic districts to ensure they are aesthetically “appropriate” for their surroundings, as far as such changes can be viewed from the public right of way (i.e. streets, parks, etc.). 

Once applications are filed with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, we will be able to see more details of what is proposed.  All such applications are posted on our website at www.gvshp.org/lpc.  If you would like updates on either or both of these applications, please email sapmann@gvshp.org with your name and address and the address(es) of the application you are interested in.

GVSHP works closely with neighbors on applications such as these, working to ensure that inappropriate designs and developments are not approved.  We monitor for building, demolition, and major alteration permit applications for every one of more than 6,500 lots in our neighborhood every day, which is how we became aware of these permit applications.

As more information becomes available, GVSHP will be sure to share it.


Upcoming Events and Programs


To see videos of recent GVSHP programs, click here; to see photos of recent programs, click here.

View videos and photos from these February programs:
- The Chintz Age: Tales of Loss and Loss for a New New York with Ed Hamilton - video; photos
- Little Africa in the South Village - video; photos

Please note that space is often limited. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a response from GVSHP regarding your reservation.

If space becomes an issue, all reservations will be honored up until the start of the program, at which point your seat may be given away to those on the wait list.

The Social Geography of Village Housing in the Sixties:
Westbeth, Private Developers and Public Housing for Artists
A lecture with Jeffrey Trask

Co-Sponsored by Village Alliance and Westbeth Artists Residence Council


     

Thursday, March 3
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Click HERE to register for this program.
Westbeth Community Room, 155 Bank Street, between West Street and Washington Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]
Click HERE for more information.

Fiery Ladies: Radical Women of the Lower East Side
A panel discussion with Elissa Sampson, Joyce Mendelsohn, and Kate Pastor

Co-Sponsored by Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy




Tuesday, March 15
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Click HERE to register for this program.
Sixth Street Community Center, 638 East 6th Street,
between Avenue B and Avenue C
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]
Click HERE for more information.

Contemporary Writers on a Lost Greenwich Village
A discussion with authors Vivian Gornick and Sarah Schulman




Thursday, March 24
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Click HERE to register for this program.
Jefferson Market Library, 6th Avenue at 10th Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]
Click HERE for more information.

Butchery on Bond Street
A lecture and slideshow with author Benjamin Feldman

Co-Sponsored by Merchant's House Museum



Wednesday, March 30
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Click HERE to register for this program.
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street, between Hudson Street and 7th Avenue South
[This venue is not wheelchair accessible.]
Click HERE for more information.

Comedy Night

to benefit The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation & The Rebecca Ritter Daniels Scholarship for Real Estate Continuing Education


Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 P.M. (doors open at 6:00 P.M.)
The Village Underground
130 West 3rd Street (btw. MacDougal St. and 6th Ave.)

Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Click HERE for more information.




18th Annual Spring House Tour Benefit

Sunday May 1
HOUSE TOUR: 1:00 - 5:30 PM, Self guided; explore at your own pace
RECEPTION: 5:30 - 7:30PM

Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Click HERE for more information.


Continuing Education for Real Estate Profesionals
The Architectural and Cultural Heritage of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and Lower East Side

Presented with support from


Spring 2016: 22.5 Hours - Wednesdays, May 11, 18 & 15
Classes take place in the garden conference room of the historic Neighborhood Preservation Center, conveniently located at 232 East 11th Street bewteen 2nd & 3rd Avenues.

Includes required 3 hours of fair housing instruction.

Click HERE to register.
Click HERE for more information.



 

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