Historic East Village House Rejected By Landmarks
Hundreds of people have joined GVSHP and allied community and preservation groups in calling for the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to save 316 East 3rd Street, a remarkable surviving 1835 house located between Avenues C and D. Imminently threatened with demolition and replacement with a 7-story condo, early this summer GVSHP and our allies had called upon the LPC to hold an emergency hearing to landmark the rare historic structure.
The LPC rejected our initial call, in spite of the fact that in 2008, as part of their own evaluation of the structure for the Environmental Review for the East Village/Lower East Side Rezoning, they called it “eligible for landmark status.” GVSHP and our allies provided additional documentation and argued against the LPC’s decision (read all documents and view images HERE). But earlier this month the LPC again responded by refusing to consider holding a hearing on potential landmark designation of the endangered structure.
Unfortunately, this is now the fourth early 19th century surviving house in the East Village which the LPC has declined to protect (see HERE and HERE). On the positive side, the LPC is considering two historic districts in the East Village, and has committed to consider more in the future. However, even in those areas currently under consideration, until the LPC votes to designate, important historic structures can be lost.
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