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863 Broadway, between 17th & 18th Streets, in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, application for a new storefront and rooftop addition.

WHEREAS, 863 Broadway between East 17th & East 18th Street is a four story Italianate building, constructed in 1842, was in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, In October 2006, the rear wall and front façade collapsed due to construction being done at the property and the adjacent building (865 Broadway); and

WHEREAS, The applicant is rebuilding the façade to make it identical to its pre-collapse condition; and

WHEREAS, The applicant wants to modify the storefront to accommodate an ADA compliant residential entrance to the building to the left and an ADA compliant commercial entrance to the right, and this storefront infill will be made of painted wood and glass, with an exterior security gate; and

WHEREAS, The Board finds that interior security gates are more in keeping with the character of the district; and

WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to build a rooftop addition which will be setback 20 feet from the cornice, 30 feet from the rear wall, and 10 feet high; and

WHEREAS, The applicant built a mock-up of the rooftop addition but took it down before the Landmarks Committee meeting, denying an opportunity for the committee members and the community to study the question of visibility; and

WHEREAS, The applicant acknowledged that the rooftop addition would be very visible, from several viewpoints, including from the north west corner of Union Square Park; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for a new storefront and rooftop addition at 863 Broadway.

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

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