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5 December 2013


South Village Historic District Gets State Approval!; City Action Soon?


Surprising Good News About Chain Stores, and more from GVSHP's Blog

Latest Landmarks Applications


South Village Historic District Gets State Approval; City Action Soon?

We are proud to report that today the New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended approval of GVSHP's nomination of the entire South Village for the State and National Registers of Historic Places! This means the South Village will soon be listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places, and the nomination will proceed to the Federal government for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, which we expect will also be approved.  


In addition to recognition of the historic significance of this neighborhood, listing qualifies certain properties for some tax breaks and financial assistance, as well as protecting against State or Federal actions or the use of State or Federal monies in ways that would be harmful to the historic character of the neighborhood. GVSHP's entire nomination can be found here, and pictures and maps of the district can be found here.


The nomination has also been shared with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), which is supposed to vote upon "Phase II" of GVSHP's proposed South Village Historic District before the end of the year, and complete a survey of the third and final phase before year's end as well. Unlike State and National Register listing, New York City landmark designation provides strong protections against demolition and tightly regulates new development; GVSHP has been urging the City to landmark the South Village for many years, and submitted a formal proposal in 2006 ("Phase I" of that proposal was landmarked in 2010).


We are pushing the LPC to designate all of "Phase II" of the South Village before year's end as promised (the LPC can vote to approve, disapprove, or scale back the boundaries currently under consideration), and to complete their survey of the highly vulnerable "Phase III" and move ahead with designation of that section. The current arrangement -- to consider these two remaining sections of the proposed South Village Historic District before year's end without any firm commitment as to what action will ultimately be taken -- was the result of a deal made by City Council Speaker Quinn when she approved adjacent the Hudson Square Rezoning, which increased development pressure upon the South Village. GVSHP has reached out to Speaker Quinn, as well as City Councilmember Chin (who also represents part of the South Village) and City Councilmember-elect Corey Johnson for their assistance in pushing the LPC on this; we are awaiting their response.



Surprising Good News About Chain Stores, and more from GVSHP's Blog


An analysis by GVSHP of a recent report issued by the Center for an Urban Future about the spread of chain stores in New York City shows that in the six zip codes covering the Village, East Village, and NoHo, the number of chain stores has actually dropped over the last year by more than 4%, and that drop took place in five of the six ZIP codes.



GVSHP is not just keeping our fingers crossed that this trend will continue. We've been working with partners like the East Village Community Coalition to seek zoning and legislative solutions to discourage chain proliferation, and have been in conversation with supportive legislators like City Councilmember Rosie Mendez (we're also hopeful that Borough President-elect Gale Brewer, who worked on similar issues in the City Council, will be an ally in these efforts). And of course we continue to celebrate and promote beloved local businesses, and support efforts to keep them open when they are threatened.


Read more about the decline of chain stores in our neighborhood over the last year in our recent blog post here

You might also be interested in some of the following recent posts to GVSHP's blog:


Latest Landmark Applications Available


GVSHP provides an ongoing record of all applications for changes to landmarked properties in our neighborhoods (Greenwich Village, NoHo, Gansevoort Market, the South Village, and the East Village) that require a public hearing before they can be approved. These proposals range from minor alterations to large additions, demolition, and new construction on landmarked sites.


Find out about the application, when the Community Board and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearings will take place, and how you can weigh in before decisions are made. You can also sign up for alerts to be notified of changes in the status of the application.    


The new applications below are scheduled to be heard in the near future at the Community Board, the LPC, or both. Click on each for more information.

CB2 hearing: 12/09/2013 LPC hearing: 12/17/2013

CB2 hearing: TBD See Link
LPC hearing: TBD See Link

To sign up for notifications of new landmarks applications, please click HERE.

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