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16 West 18th Street, application to construct a new building to replace the existing two story structure

WHEREAS, 16 West 18th Street located in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District was built in Utilitarian Style in 1867; and

WHEREAS, The applicant wishes a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish this two-story structure, originally a stable, and lately housing a book store; and erect an eleven-story residential building with penthouse constructed with a bent glass, glass block and metal frame window facade; and

WHEREAS, There will be three doors at street level: the left entrance to a duplex apartment; the middle to the building; and the right-egress from the cellar; and

WHEREAS, The building will be 27 feet wide, and rise to 128 feet with the mechanical housings (109 feet to the parapet); and the penthouse will be set back 20 feet from the facade; and

WHEREAS, The building will be 62 feet deep with "Juliet" balconies on the back of the building with a 30 foot backyard; and

WHEREAS, The facade of glass blocks will be smooth on the face, but sandblasted behind, installed with silicone grout; and the floors are 9 feet 10 inches floor to floor with windows whose sills will be 9 inches from the floor; and

WHEREAS, The applicant stated the design is replicating cast iron construction in glass, echoing earlier historic district building, but does not include a storefront; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Manhattan Community Board Five recommends denial of the Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish this two-story structure located at 16 West 18th Street.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 14 in favor, 10 opposed, 1 abstention.

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