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What the new Landmarks Designation Process Would Look Like

Request is submitted to LPC. LPC shall create and maintain a publicly accessible database of RFEs.  Database will include: (532A) Name of person making request Address of property to be evaluated Current status of evaluation Resolution of request Request is sent to RFE Committee within 120 days (approx. 4 months). RFE Committee must make written […]

City Council Proposes Vast Changes to the Landmarks Process in Important Meeting on Wednesday, May 2

The City Council’s Committee on Housing & Buildings and Committee on Land Use will be holding at joint hearing next week on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM at 250 Broadway, 14th Floor regarding a number of bills regarding the Landmarks Preservation Commission and landmarked buildings.  The current agenda with links to the bills […]

Proposed Bill to Alter the Landmark Designation Process (Economic Argument Bill)

Intro 846, the Economic Argument Bill, (text below)  fundamentally alters the way which the City judges properties to merit landmark protection by elevating a narrow definition of economic worth over the multiple benefits of landmark designation as set out in the Landmarks Law. The Landmarks Law (N.Y. ADC. LAW § 25-301) states that “as a […]

Proposed Bill to Change Replacement Materials in Landmark Buildings

Intro 845A, the Replacement Materials Bill (text below), would significantly change the way the Commission regulates designated properties and would undermine the basic benefit of LPC oversight in helping to gradually return areas to a more historically-appropriate condition.  One of the things that historic designation achieves is the improvement of the condition of the building […]

Proposed Bill to Create A Timeline on the Landmarks Designation Process

Int. No.   By Council Member Lander       A LOCAL LAW       ..Title   To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the landmarks preservation commission to create a timeline for the designation process.   ..Body           Be it enacted […]

Proposed Bill to Allow Appeals of Denied RFEs

Int. No.   By Council Member Lander ..Title   A LOCAL LAW To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the landmarks preservation commission to allow denied requests for evaluation to be nominated to the landmarks preservation commission entire body for a vote.   Be it enacted by […]

Proposed Bill for Landmarks to maintain an online database of RFEs

Int. No. 532-A By Council Member Garodnick   A LOCAL LAW   To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the landmarks preservation commission to maintain a publicly available database for requests for evaluation.     Be it enacted by the Council as follows:   Section 1.   Section […]

Proposed Bill for Timely Consideration of RFEs by Landmarks Commission

Int. No. 222-A   By Council Members Lappin, Lander, Brewer, Chin, Comrie, Mendez, Van Bramer and Williams   A LOCAL LAW   To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to timely consideration of requests for evaluation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.   Be it enacted by the Council as […]

Council Overturns Landmark Designation of an 1817 Building

  On Wednesday, the City Council voted to deny the landmark designation of the  Hardenbrook Somarindyck House at 135 Bowery an 1817 Federal-style rowhouse in Lower Manhattan. At the request of local Council member Margaret Chin, the Council exercised its authority to overturn the actions of the Landmarks Commission for the second time in two […]

Help save an 1817 rowhouse on the Bowery

HDC needs your help.  On Thursday, the City Council is going to vote on the landmark designation of an 1817 Federal-style rowhouse in Lower Manhattan and we have reason to fear that they will overturn its landmark status so that a commercial tower can be developed on its site. We need you to contact the […]

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