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1260 Broadway, application for proposed work to include façade renovation by means of the removal of existing storefront cladding

WHEREAS, 1260 Broadway (AKA Hotel Martinique) located between 32nd and 33rd Streets, is an individual landmark designated in 1998, and designed by architect Henry J. Hardenberg, who designed a number of other landmarks such as the Plaza Hotel; and

WHEREAS, The French Renaissance Hotel was build in phases between 1897 and 1911 and fronts on 33rd Street, Broadway, and 32nd Street; and

WHEREAS, The operator of the hotel has changed from Holiday Inn to Radisson, and seeks to renovate the 33rd Street storefront façade; and

WHEREAS, There are outstanding violations cited by the Landmarks Preservation Commission including:

improperly replaced bulkhead (on the corner of 32nd Street and Broadway) two instances of signage that were not installed according to approved plans (both are on the Broadway facade) changing the hotel's name on two blades signs appears to void their grandfathered status (on both the Broadway and 32nd Street facades); and

WHEREAS, The applicants could not adequately explain, nor did they propose to remedy the violations; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five requested that the applicants address said violations prior to reviewing proposed renovations on the 33rd Street façade; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of this application for façade renovations, with the understanding that the applicants will resubmit the application when they address prior violations.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 34 in favor, 4 opposed, 1 abstention.   

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