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864 Broadway, Application to refurbish an existing commercial storefront

WHEREAS, 864 Broadway (between 17th and 18th Streets), located in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, is a four-story Georgian townhouse dating from around 1850; and

WHEREAS, It has become an apartment building with ground floor retail; and

WHEREAS, The former retail tenant, Ranch 1 restaurant, will be replaced with a similar "fast food" restaurant, Chipotle Grill; and 

WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to replace the existing wood, plate glass, and aluminum door storefront with similar geometry and fenestration; and

WHEREAS, The applicant's proposed signs replicate the size and location of the existing signs; and

WHEREAS, No security grates are proposed; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has reconsidered the lighting details shown to the Landmarks Committee and provided a solution that is more appropriate to the Ladies’ Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The applicant’s new proposal for the lighting details will replace multiple, surface mounted, industrial style light fixtures with a cove type hidden light source that will "wash" the sign with light similar to those recently approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and more appropriate to the Ladies’ Mile Historic District;therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of this application to refurbish an existing storefront at 864 Broadway.

The resolution passed with a vote of  39 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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