Landmarks Commission to remove 96 sites from consideration

The Landmarks Preservation Commission is proposing to remove 96 sites and properties from consideration for landmark designation at a public meeting on Tuesday, December 9th.  Most of these sites have been under consideration for several years. LPC has stated to us that their reasoning for removing these properties from consideration is political in nature – that the agency feels it does not have the political backing to advance landmark designation for these sites at this time.  LPC has said that these removals will be “without prejudice”, i.e. it is not that these sites are not worthy of LPC designation and protection, it’s that the agency feels it is too weak to act.

Maps with each propertie can be found here  http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/map/AllBoroughs_2014.pdf

This proposed wholesale rejection of  prior LPC determinations is bad public policy and  damaging to the integrity and independence of the Landmarks Law.  HDC will be organizing a broad community response to this proposal.

For the full list of properties being de-calendared click here 

Several articles have come out recently about the proposed de-calendaring – The New York Times, DNAinfo, Gothamist, The New York Post, CBS News

More details to come.

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One Response to “Landmarks Commission to remove 96 sites from consideration”
  1. meg george says:

    As the daughter of the owners of 65 Schofield in the Bronx, first off- thanks for the nice things you said about the house. But more importantly- I just want to share a bit of the story behind this property being “calendared” My parents bought the house 71/2 years ago knowing that members of the historical society of City Island had applied to landmark it when it first went on the market about 2 years earlier to stave off developers. My mother’s plan was always to restore the house as it reminds her of the house her grandparents owned. (in Texas). After several meetings with the LPC and the LPC staff , our lawyer and architect, a refurbishing plan to save the house was approved. The LPC said at the time that they wished to wait to officially designate until later when they wanted to designate all the calendared buildings in the Bronx in a ceremony of sorts. So my parents proceeded with saving the house, sometimes at great additional expense, not because of the cost of materials but because of the conflicting actions of the Building dept. and the LPC. (It often seemed to us that the LPC ought to be helping owners of buildings that they have calendared navigate the Buildings dept. as many of the rules from LPC do not mesh with the Buildings dept.) Well, the property is in the last stages of work and now we find out from one of my friends posting the gothomist article on Facebook, that it is being “de calendared” and we will have to start the process for landmarking over. This is bs, we did work on the house in good faith and the house could have been landmarked after the LPC approval of the plans in 2010.

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