Support South Village Landmarking
Last week the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to calendar (begin official consideration of) the third and final phase of GVSHP’s proposed South Village Historic District. GVSHP has been working to get this approximately 40-block, 750-building area landmarked for over ten years. Most of the first phase of GVSHP’s proposed South Village Historic District was landmarked in 2010 and the second phase in 2013.
The Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed new historic district on Tuesday, November 29 (time TBD). We will need much support to encourage the Commission to vote in support of designation as soon as possible. The South Village contains an incredibly rich record of our city’s 19th and early 20th century development, especially as it relates to immigrants and innovators. Current zoning for the area would allow historic buildings to be knocked down and replaced by 300 ft. tall towers. Developers such as Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner have recently bought properties in the area such as 156 Sullivan Street.
HOW TO HELP:
Thousands of people wrote, rallied, and testified to help get Phase III of the South Village finally considered for landmark designation. But special thanks go to City Councilmember Corey Johnson, whose leadership secured the commitment from the City to move on this, and Preserve New York, a grant program of the Preservation League of NY State and the NY State Council on the Arts, which funded GVSHP’s studies and research which laid the foundation for these designations.