GVSHP OPPOSES PLANS FOR
MASSIVE TRANSFORMATION OF
GANSEVOORT STREET IN
HEART OF THE MEATPACKING DISTRICT
GVSHP is opposing plans for the massive transformation of the south side of Gansevoort Street in the heart of the Gansevoort Market Historic District. Plans are being finalized for an application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to allow the demolition of two buildings, construction of two new buildings (one of which would reach 120 feet in height), and large scale additions to this iconic row of former meat market buildings.
While the landmarks application has not yet been formally filed, the applicant has indicated they intend to do so soon, and that they have already met with and presented their plans to the Chair and senior staff at the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Any plans for any alterations to these buildings must go through a public hearing and review process and can only proceed if approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as “appropriate” for the site and its context within the designated historic district – view the proposal here.
GVSHP has written to the Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging her to reject the current plan (letter here). While growth and change can and should be allowed in our historic districts, this plan would fundamentally alter the character of this landmarked block which serves as a gateway to the Meatpacking District, the West Village, the High Line, the Whitney Museum, and the Hudson River Park. To allow such radical change and obliteration of the historic character of this neighborhood would obviate the purpose of landmark designation, and deliver a terrible blow to this neighborhood and to preservation citywide. Read more about the history of the Gansevoort Market Historic District here and of these buildings here.
GVSHP first proposed landmark designation of the Meatpacking District in 2000 and working with other community and preservation organizations and local elected officials secured designation of much of the neighborhood in 2003. This block of Gansevoort Street was always central to our preservation efforts and is crucial to the identity of this iconic, historic area.
When plans are formally filed for this proposal GVSHP will notify and mobilize the public for the Community Board and Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearings and votes, and we are working closely with neighborsin opposition to this plan. Meanwhile, however, we are urging the public to reach out to the Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair and other city officials NOW to urge that this proposal or any like it be rejected.
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