Expanded South Village Historic District Calendared — HELP US GET IT LANDMARKED!
Today was an enormously important milestone — the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to calendar “phase II” of the proposed South Village Historic District we have fought for years to get landmarked.
But the vote didn’t just include the 235 buildings from our proposed district the City originally planned to consider; we were able to get a vulnerable row of ten 1840s houses at 130-148 Houston Street added, as well as NYU’s Vanderbilt Hall and Kevorkian Center at 40 and 50 Washington Square South — potential development sites that could be replaced by NYU with new construction up to 300 feet tall!
We fought long and hard to get here, but we still have a long way to go. HELP US GET THERE WITH A CONTRIBUTION TO GVSHP TODAY.
While today’s calendaring puts some very preliminary protections in place, demolitions, alterations, and new construction are not prevented until the Commission votes to designate in December, and we already know developers who are seeking to build before then.
The outcome of the vote is also not guaranteed — the LPC can (and sometimes does) remove parts of a district when they vote to approve it, and they have already expressed skepticism about ultimately approving some of the sites we fought to have added.
And we still need to fight to get “phase III” of our proposed South Village Historic District designated — the incredibly vulnerable and historically rich area south of Houston Street which the LPC has only committed to “survey” before the end of the year.
You can help us fight to preserve the ENTIRE South Village, and make sure more of our precious neighborhood is not lost before the City acts — PLEASE MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO GVSHP TODAY.
This will help us to continue to monitor every site in our neighborhood, research and document their significance to help argue for their preservation, call upon city officials to act, and inform and mobilize the public to protect our neighborhood.
A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN THESE NEXT SEVEN MONTHS; please help us ensure that our neighborhood is protected in that time, and more is not lost — click HERE to support GVSHP’s efforts and preserve our neighborhood.
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