On Thursday, YIMBY told you about sidewalk planters approved for a building on Fifth Avenue, and used to it to illustrate just how much control the Landmarks Preservation Commission has over historic districts. Another recent approval, however, shows how little control the commission has in a different area.
Just how in control of a historic district is the Landmarks Preservation Commission? The answer is very in control, as illustrated by one recent approval in the Flatiron District. Think of the commission as a curator.
An over century-old former hotel on the Upper West Side is in for some major changes. Earlier this week, it was announced that the former Willard Hotel at 252 West 76th Street, since converted to 60 rental apartments, will become a 52-unit luxury building known as The Willard.
The New York York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), with Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, has announced the master plan to redevelop the severely dilapidating Seaview Hospital complex at 460 Brielle Avenue, located in central Staten Island. The mixed-use redevelopment, dubbed Sea View Healthy Community, will include medical space, retail, residential units, and community facilities/public open space. Currently, the city is in the process of allocating funding for infrastructure improvements and upgrades. The NYCEDC is planning to launch the application processes, a formal Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI), for individual components of the redevelopment later this year. The campus sits within the New York City Farm Colony-Seaview Hospital Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve the design of all of project’s components. So far, the LPC has approved plans for a two-story Meals on Wheels building.
One of the city’s major public pool and park facilities will soon be getting a splash of new art. Come next month, two murals will be installed at the McCarren Play Center. That’s at 776…