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8 July 2013

IN THIS ISSUE

Proposed New Building at 130 7th Avenue South at West 10th Street

 

Responding to State Legislation Allowing Transfer of Hudson River Park Pier Air Rights Inland for New Development

Come to the Next NYU Lawsuit Court Date July 18!

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Proposed New Building at 130 7th Avenue South at West 10th Street

 

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will be hearing a proposal tomorrow to demolish the current 1-story building located on this site in the Greenwich Village Historic District and replace it with a new 7-story building. You can view the entire proposal on our Landmarks Application webpage HERE.

 

Demolition of existing buildings and construction of new buildings can be allowed in historic districts at the discretion of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, but are only supposed to be approved if and when the existing building is of no historic significance and the proposed replacement is appropriate in scale, character, and design for the location and the district.

GVSHP believes that in this case the proposed new design does not meet that standard of appropriateness, particularly in terms of its scale, and elements such as the glass upper stories and the large projecting balconies.

 

HOW TO HELP:

  • Attend tomorrow's LPC public hearing on the proposed design at 3:45 pm, and if you cannot attend, write to the LPC in advance of the hearing with your feedback about the proposal -- click HERE for information on hearing and how to send comments to the LPC.
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Responding to State Legislation Allowing Transfer of Hudson River Park Pier Air Rights Inland for New Development

   

GVSHP was very concerned when the State Legislature approved a measure in late June allowing the "air rights" from commercial piers within the Hudson River Park to be transferred for use one block inland. This has the potential to significantly increase the size and scope of development along the waterfront in our neighborhoods.

 

There was virtually no notice to the general public that such a measure was to be voted upon or was even under consideration by the State Legislature, no solicitation of public comments or feedback, and no analysis done or information provided about the potential scope of the impact this would have or the amount, type, scale, or location of development it would allow.

 

GVSHP and fellow Village and Chelsea community groups have expressed our extreme concern to State legislators about this, and asked for answers to these questions as well as a broader conversation with the public about this measure's potential impact and implications for development in our neighborhoods. Read our letter HERE.

 

GVSHP will continue to press for answers and fight to ensure that inappropriate and oversized development are not allowed along our waterfront. 

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Come to the Next NYU Lawsuit Court Date June 18!

Please join GVSHP, NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, and the many other plaintiffs in the case against the City and State's approval of NYU's massive Village expansion plan for our next court date.

We know it's the dead of summer, but it's important to show the judge and the public at large just how much opposition there is to this woefully misguided and terribly damaging plan. We'll provide colorful stickers so everyone will know why you are there and how you feel about the NYU plan.

 

HOW TO HELP

  • On Thursday, July 18th, come to 111 Centre Street (btw. White and Leonard Streets), rm. 574. Bring photo ID and leave time to go through security. The hearing is supposed to begin at 10:30 am. 


You help make it happen!


                

 

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Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

232 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003 / (212) 475-9585

www.gvshp.org