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Proper listing of landmarked properties in Dept. of Building database

WHEREAS, According to the New York Times, countless landmarked properties throughout the city are not correctly listed on the Department of Buildings database thus allowing the owners of said properties to receive permits to alter or demolish their properties; and

WHEREAS, The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation discovered that many designated properties in Greenwich Village are either improperly listed or not listed as landmarks at all in the Department of Buildings database; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five is gravely concerned that this could lead to the demolition or façade alteration of some of our City’s treasured landmarks; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five urges the Department of Buildings and the Landmarks Preservation Commission take immediate action to verify that all landmarked properties are properly listed and brought up to date in the Department of Building’s database; and be it further

RESOLVED, Community Board Five urges the Buildings Department and Landmarks Preservation Commission to work more closely and efficiently to ensure that demolition and façade alteration permits are not issued for designated properties or for properties being considered for designation; and be it further

RESOLVED, Community Board Five requests assistance from the Manhattan Borough President’s office, to help identify improperly categorized properties, and to inform the Buildings Department and the Landmarks Preservation Commission of the findings so that no designated buildings are mistakenly altered or demolished.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 37 in favor, 0 opposed, 0 abstention.  

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