New York City has a new historic district. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, in a unanimous vote, designated the Bedford Historic District in Brooklyn. That means 824 more buildings now fall under the commission’s oversight. It also means the green street signs will eventually be replaced with brown ones.
The West End Collegiate Church will get the money it needs from a project approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. The church, an individual landmark located at 245 West 77th Street, has bought the property to its north from the Collegiate School, at 260 West 78th Street, where an existing structure will be demolished. It will be replaced by a new residential building that will be connected internally to a restored and expanded 378 West End Avenue.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved the restoration of the four-story, multi-family building at 8 Montague Terrace, in Brooklyn Heights. The 11,266 square-foot structure will shrink to 11,122 square feet and will be converted to a single-family townhouse, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The building presently contains eight units. Thomas Hut of HS2 Architecture is designing the restoration, which would include the addition of balconies on the structure’s rear upper levels. It’s that work which the LPC had to approve.
It was all the way back on March 11th that the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved controversial plans to convert the former First Church of Christ, Scientist in New York City, located at 361 Central Park West and West 96th Street, into 39 condominiums. But that wasn’t the last word. The battle went on in the community board, and it continued this week at the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), and will continue into 2016.
Yesterday was a busy day for building permits on the Upper West Side, where very little new construction happens thanks to a combination of landmarking and restrictive zoning. AvalonBay Communities filed plans for a 33-story tower at the site of the former American Bible Society Headquarters near Columbus Circle, and a small developer submitted applications for an eight-story condo building at 466 Columbus Avenue, between West 82nd and 83rd Streets.