868 Broadway, between 17th & 18th Streets, an application for a special permit for modification of use pursuant to section 74-711 of the zoning resolution- zoned M1-5M (Ladies’ Mile Historic District)WHEREAS, The building located at 868 Broadway is a Greek Revival style row house constructed in 1847-48, altered in 1850 and again in the 1920's and later converted to commercial use; and
WHEREAS, The applicant is proposing to restore the facade and maintain it in perpetuity in exchange for the conversion of 1377 square feet from commercial to residential use; and
WHEREAS, On a previously filed application, the applicant has received an approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission for the construction of a rooftop and rear yard addition on December 13, 2005; and
WHEREAS, The building has not been maintained over the years and currently is in a state of disrepair; and
WHEREAS, The applicant has agreed to restore the building to make it true to its first era, replacing existing windows with two-over-two windows with black mullions, repairing or replacing window sills and lintels, restoring the storefront, exposing cast iron columns, repairing masonry and the brick façade with historically appropriate materials; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five finds the benefits for this small historic landmark and for the Ladies' Mile Historic District are substantial; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a Special Permit for a modification of use pursuant to Section 74-711 of the Zoning Resolution at 868 Broadway in the Ladies' Mile Historic District.The above resolution passed with a vote of 26 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.