Opposing Proposed Design for New Hudson & Charles Building, Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday
Existing condition (top) and proposed (bottom) at 538-544 Hudson
A new 7-story building is proposed for the site of a disused gas station and an existing 2-story building at 538-544 Hudson Street at Charles Street in the Greenwich Village Historic District. GVSHP finds the proposed design (here) lacking and inappropriate for this corner at the heart of the West Village, and will be asking the Commission to reject it. We urge you to do the same.
Because this site is largely vacant, the Commission will approve a new building here. However the size and design of the proposed building is up to the discretion of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and must be found appropriate for the site and its surroundings. In this respect GVSHP feels that the large undulating design with projecting metal window frames, a metal-clad penthouse and undifferentiated ground floor is severely lacking.
The time of the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s public hearing on this item, currently scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, will not be set until late Friday; check GVSHP’s webpage on this application here for updates on the scheduling of the hearing.
Urge the Commissioners not to approve the proposed design. The letter's text can also be used as testimony if you attend the hearing scheduled for Tuesday.