More Appropriate Design For Meals on Wheels Building at Seaview Hospital Site on Staten Island Wins Over Landmarks

Approved design for Meals on Wheels of Staten Island

Meals on Wheels of Staten Island will be getting a new home, thanks to Tuesday’s approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The beloved organization has outgrown its home in Richmond County and the city found it a site at the former Seaview Hospital tuberculosis treatment campus, which sits in the New York City Farm Colony – Seaview Hospital Historic District. The address is listed as 460 Brielle Avenue. In July, a presentation was made to the commission, but it was found to be too industrial for the setting. The revised design easily won over the commissioners.

Rendering of the approved building for Meals on Wheels of Staten Island showing the canopy for pickups.

Rendering of the approved building for Meals on Wheels of Staten Island showing the canopy for pickups.

The presentation was made by Phil Rampulla of Rampulla Associates Architects, L.L.P. The building will have a limestone finish with brick, double-hung windows, more green space, cobblestone parking spaces, no arch over the canopy that will cover vehicles picking up meals, and an increased buffer around the site. The plan for the building’s program has not changed. It will have three floors including the cellar, room for hot and cold cooking, plus a Kosher kitchen. A separate four-car garage will be constructed for maintenance purposes. Its design has been modified to line up with the modified design of the main building.

Rendering of new Meals on Wheels of Staten Island

Rendering of new Meals on Wheels of Staten Island

LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said there have been “massive improvements,” citing the additionally masonry in the design as being particularly important. Commissioner John Gustafsson, who once served as president of the Staten Island Historical Society, called the revised design “substantially better.” Commissioner Diana Chapin echoed the sentiment, saying it was a “good improvement.” The proposal was approved without objection.

View the full presentation below, including the previous proposal.

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