Upcoming hearings on proposal for 11-story undulating glass tower at West 13th Street and Greenwich Avenue
The Hines Development Co. has filed plans to build an 11-story, 128 ft. tall undulating glass-walled apartment building at 122 Greenwich Avenue (at 13th Street and 8th Avenue). The proposed building would be about 6 stories on the eastern end of the site, rising to 11 stories near 8th Avenue. The facade would consist almost entirely of separate undulating horizontal bands of glass for each floor of the building. The architect is William Pedersen, of the firm Kohn Pedersen Fox.
Because the site (currently a parking lot) is in the Greenwich Village Historic District, the proposal must get approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Both the Commission and Community Board #2 will hold public hearings on the proposal, which, if approved, would also require small variances for increases in the allowable height and size of the building as compared to what the zoning for the site allows.
The site, at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue, 8th Avenue, and 13th Street, overlooking Jackson Square, is exceptionally visible and sensitive, and GVSHP believes that any design for new development here should be held to the highest standards of appropriateness for the Greenwich Village Historic District. GVSHP has already conveyed to the development team our concerns about the amount of glass and the undulating horizontal bands in the proposed design, and raised questions about their appropriateness for this historic district.
HOW TO HELP:
- Come to the presentation of the proposal by the development team at the Community Board 2 Landmarks Committee meeting on Monday, February 27, at 6:30 P.M., at 75 Morton Street (nr. Greenwich Street). You will be able to provide comments on the proposal to the developer, and to the Community Board, who will decide whether or not to support this plan before the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
- Come to the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on the proposal on Tuesday, March 7th, at One Centre Street (at Chambers Street), 9th floor (time TBD). The design will again be presented, and the public will have an opportunity to testify to the Commission, who will decide upon whether or not to approve the application.