City hearing/vote on proposed 11-story undulating glass tower on Tuesday, March 7th; Community Board rejects new design
The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a hearing this coming Tuesday, March 7th at approximately 10 A.M. on the proposal by the Hines Development Co. to build an 11-story, 128 ft. tall undulating glass-walled apartment building at 122 Greenwich Avenue (at 13th Street and 8th Avenue), in the Greenwich Village Historic District.
GVSHP opposes the design in its current form because we do not believe it is appropriate for the Greenwich Village Historic District, or that the additional height the developer is asking for is necessary. We are especially concerned about the precedent approval of such a design could set, and the visual impact of the building given its very prominent siting within the Greenwich Village Historic District. The Commission may vote as early as next Tuesday on whether or not to approve, reject, or ask for changes to the design. Earlier this week, Community Board #2’s Landmarks Committee voted to disapprove the application, building momentum for our case. At the packed public hearing, images of the proposed design were displayed (CLICK HERE for pictures).
However, we expect this to be a very hard-fought battle, with those supporting the proposed design mustering considerable support. THEREFORE IT IS CRITICAL THAT THOSE WITH CONCERNS ABOUT THE DESIGN LET THE COMMISSION KNOW BEFORE AND AT THE HEARING ON TUESDAY WHY WE DO NOT THINK IT SHOULD BE APPROVED AS IS.
HOW TO HELP:
- COME TO THE LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION HEARING on Tuesday, March 7th at 10 A.M., at the LPC hearing room at the Municipal Building, One Centre Street (at Chambers Street), 9th floor (bring photo ID to enter the building). Bring written testimony with you (12 copies preferred) – CLICK HERE for a sample letter you can use as testimony. You can testify before the Commission, drop off your written testimony for the Commission to consider, or just come to show support (testifying or bringing testimony is the most helpful).
- Write to the Commission NOW, even if you plan to attend next Tuesday’s hearing – CLICK HERE for sample letters.
- Spread the word – please forward this notification, and post the flyer HERE in your building to encourage others to attend.