Possible Children’s Aid Society Sale and South Village Landmarking
The Children’s Aid Society recently announced they are considering selling their Phillip Coltoff Center at 219 Sullivan Street in the South Village, where they have operated for more than 100 years. This would not only result in a devastating loss of long-standing services, but under current zoning and lack of landmark protections for the site, would likely lead to demolition of the existing buildings (some of which are more than 100 years old, and designed by famed Central Park architect Calvert Vaux) and their replacement with new high-rise construction, likely by a university or other institution. Read more about the possible sale in DNAinfo, Gothamist, The Villager, The Wall Street Journal.
The Children's Aid Society complex lies within GVSHP’s proposed South Village Historic District, the first third of which was landmarked earlier this year, but the remainder of which (including this site) the city has been slow to move on. In response to this most recent threat, GVSHP has written to the Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging him to move ahead with landmark designation of this area right away, as was promised over a year ago when the Commission held its hearing on the first third of the proposal. GVSHP will continue to push for landmark designation to take place before the buildings can be lost and replaced.
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