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240 Central Park South, Certificate of Appropriateness Application

WHEREAS, 240 Central Park South Apartments is a designated individual landmark built in 1939-1940 by Architects Mayer and Whittlesey; and

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks to restore the original plan for the tower by installing a glazing system and architectural lighting; and

WHEREAS, The plywood wall constructed to keep out rain, snow and nesting pigeons would be removed from the tower which houses the building’s water tank; and

WHEREAS, To protect the tower interior and the spaces and apartments below, non-reflective glass panels would be installed on the tower walls, two feet from the tower wall below and three feet from the cantilevered roof; and

WHEREAS, The glass frame will be painted the same color as the concrete and be in the same plane as the frame of the opening; and

WHEREAS, Three 170 watt halide lights in metal holders will be installed on each elevation, facing the glass to illumine it, replacing long defunct incandescent lamps; and

WHEREAS, This installation will restore the tower to the original design and provide the building and tenants with relief from the intrusion of water and bird debris; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for Certificate of Appropriateness for 240 Central Park South.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 27 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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