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28 West 27th Street, bet. Broadway and 6th Avenue (Madison North Historic District), application to install new entry door on ground floor storefront, interior partitions and new awnings

WHEREAS, 29 West 27th Street is a Beaux Arts style, loft building located in the Madison Square North Historic District, built in 1908-09, designed by the architectural firm Neville & Bagge; and

WHEREAS, The Historic District's Designation Report comments that the subject building "…remains remarkably intact on the exterior"; and

WHEREAS, The owner/applicant of the ground floor commercial condominium space wishes to subdivide the interior space; and

WHEREAS, The proposal to subdivide the interior includes the removal of a central, non-contributing, storefront window, and the addition of a new entry door; and

WHEREAS, The proposal includes the addition of new awnings over the proposed door as well as the other two flanking, non-historic entry doors that he controls; and

WHEREAS, No historic examples or modern precedent studies were provided to evaluate the current proposal; and

WHEREAS, The proposed storefront is neither historically compatible nor harmonious to the building regarding proportions, color, or materials; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five would prefer that this storefront alteration be part of a master plan that will guide future storefront improvements; and

WHEREAS, The master plan should be agreed to by the building's Board of Directors and reviewed by as part of this application; and

WHEREAS, The owner/applicant has not taken any steps to work in cooperation with the building's Board to consider a storefront master plan or any façade improvements; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for 29 West 27th Street to install a new entry door on ground floor storefront, interior partitions and new awnings.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 33 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.  

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