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123 West 44th Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway, application to replace storefront

WHEREAS, 123 West 44 Street, formerly the Hotel Girard, (now owned by Korman Hotels and operated as AKA United Nations Hotel, a long stay residential hotel) was built in 1894, designed by the architect, George Keister, in German Renaissance style , is an individually landmarked building; and

WHEREAS, The current owner is reconstructing the entire sidewalk in front of the hotel above an underground building vault at a reported cost of $1 million; and

WHEREAS, The owner has applied to reconstruct the storefronts and entry to the building, none of which are original to the building, probably 1960's renovations; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has reviewed the proposed designs, materials (limestone, blackened stainless steel and glass), signage and lighting for the storefronts for the two restaurants, Cafe Un Deux Trois and Trattoria Dopo Teatro, which have been located there for many years, and the entrance (including a canopy with small LED lights) to the hotel; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has determined that the replaced facade elements are appropriate to the landmarked building; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to replace the storefronts and building entrance as presented by the applicant at 123 West 44th Street. 

The above resolution passed by a vote of 39 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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