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136 Fifth Avenue, (Ladies’ Mile Historic District) application for exterior work and installation of new glazing entry system and signage identification

WHEREAS, 136 Fifth Avenue is a one story (plus mezzanine) tax payer building, a remnant of a four-story row house in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, built in 1850, the front of which was rebuilt in 1894 for commercial use; and

WHEREAS, The top three stories of the building were destroyed by fire in 1960 and the lower remaining story (plus mezzanine) are now vacant but had been occupied by Andrews Coffee Shop; and

WHEREAS, Previous applications, filed by Apple Computer, relating to the demolition of the existing structure and reconstruction of the façade were not approved by Community Board Five in March 2005 and July 2005; and

WHEREAS, The current application would involve removal of the existing glazing system, metal panel cladding storefront signage and awning, but would retain the existing structure; and

WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to install a limestone veneer storefront surround, limestone cornice, Kawneer glazing system and signage, and awning; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five is concerned that the design and height of the proposed one story (plus mezzanine) building is not appropriate to the Ladies’ Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes it is more appropriate to replace the actual one story (plus mezzanine) structure with a four-story building, in keeping with the adjacent buildings, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Manhattan Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior work and installation of new glazing entry system and signage identification at 136 Fifth Avenue.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 23 in favor, 7 opposed, 0 abstention.   

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