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174 Fifth Avenue (22nd and 23rd Streets), application to replace windows

WHEREAS, The application is to replace windows at 174-176 Fifth Avenue, in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The building  is a six story early 20th century commercial store and loft building located between West 22nd & West 23rd Streets (West Side), built in 1927-28 for the Connell Holding Company; and

WHEREAS, The existing windows are wood-framed single-pane sash in a tripartite format with wood mullions known as “Chicago style windows”; and

WHEREAS, the central pane windows pivot around a vertical axis in a mechanism that is typical of commercial loft buildings of early 20th century in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to relocate the air conditioning units in a continuous pattern and to replace the windows with non pivoting aluminum windows; and

WHEREAS, The loss of wood windows with a pivoting mechanism would be a great loss to the historic fabric of the Ladies Mile Historic District; therefore be it

RESOLVED that Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to replace wood windows with non-pivoting aluminum windows at 174 Fifth Avenue in the Ladies Mile Historic District.

The above resolution recommending denial by a vote of 22 in favor; 10 opposed; 1 abstention.

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