Far West Village landmark hearing set for Dec. 13, as buildings face new threats
In October the City held a hearing upon promised landmark district protections for the Far West Village, which is the required step before voting to enact these measures. Though there was a huge turnout in support at the hearing, we are still awaiting the vote to actually put the landmark protections in place (note: it is typically several months between a first landmarks hearing and the actual vote).
To see the City’s Far West Village Historic District proposals, CLICK HERE and HERE; to see GVSHP’s Far West Village Historic District proposal, CLICK HERE.
In the meantime, GVSHP has learned that two buildings we successfully fought to have added to the proposed landmark district at 139 and 143 Charles/685-7 Washington Streets may face an imminent threat of demolition, thus making quick action by the City all the more vital. Additionally, the City has still not agreed to hold hearings on other endangered sites in the area like the Superior Inks factory, or on the eight individual landmarks it publicly committed to designate. GVSHP is pushing the Landmarks Preservation Commission to move ahead as quickly as possible on protecting all of these buildings;
There will be a second hearing on the proposed landmark protections for the Far West Village on December 13th, providing a critical opportunity for us to push the City on all these points. With increasing danger facing buildings the city has proposed to landmark in the Far West Village, as well as those it has not, we need quick action from the City to ensure the preservation of this historic neighborhood.
HOW TO HELP:
Come to the hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Far West Village on December 13 (time TBA). If you did not testify at the October hearing, you can testify in person and tell the Commissioners to move ahead on these issues; if you already testified, you can come to show support. As soon as the time for the hearing has been set, we’ll let you know.