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35 West 20th Street (Periyali Restaurant), Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, to renovate storefront and steps

WHEREAS, 35 West 20th Street, The Periyali Restaurant, located in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, was built in 1858, altered in 1909-1911 and again in 1978-1979; and

WHEREAS, The applicant plans to renovate the storefront at the basement level of this four-story building by removing the eastern-most door and replacing it with glass to match the other storefront panes, thereby increasing the light within the restaurant; and configuring the frontage to line up, as closely as possible, with the shop windows above; and

WHEREAS, The stucco-faced wall at the east end of the areaway will be removed and replaced with a glass paned door, matching the rest of the storefront materials; and

WHEREAS, The applicant plans to remove the three diamond plate steps at the eastern end of the areaway; and these steps are part of the historic fabric of the site, matching the flight of steps leading to the first floor of the building; and

WHEREAS, The applicant accepted the Board’s recommendation that the three eastern steps be moved to the west to replace the cement steps; and

WHEREAS, The metal fence across the areaway at the sidewalk level will be completed in matching materials; the lights under the awning will be replaced with lights more appropriate to the historic district; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the storefront and steps at 35 West 20th Street.

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

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