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375 Park Avenue (The Seagram Building), application to install two security concierge desks in the lobby

WHEREAS, 375 Park Avenue (Seagram Building), is an exterior and partial interior landmark (plaza, first-floor interiors, Four Seasons restaurant) designed by Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson and Kahn & Jacobs (1956-58); and

WHEREAS, The applicant, Wachovia Bank, has a long term lease within the building that requires them to restore the interior to its original state should they vacate the premises; and

WHEREAS, Wachovia Bank will have 900 employees and some 500-600 visitors per month; and

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks a Certificate of Appropriateness to install new concierge/security desks in its portion of the lobby as well as at the 53rd Street entrance; and

WHEREAS, The 53rd Street entrance is exclusively for the use of Wachovia, as well as the southern side of the lobby; and

WHEREAS, The desks will match in shape, size and materials the other security desks in the lobby, and two of the desks will have lettering and a Wachovia logo attached with adhesive across the front of the desk; and

WHEREAS, The electrical and telecommunications wiring will be brought up into the desks through the grout joints under the desks, eliminating the need to cut into the floor fabric; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness to install new concierge/security desks in the lobby of 375 Park Avenue.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 26 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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