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54 West 21st Street, proposed awning installation and legalization of flagpole

WHEREAS, 54 West 21st Street is a commercial office building located between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas in the Ladies Miles Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The ground floor tenant of this building has submitted an application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission seeking permission to install awnings within the three window bays at the ground floor level; and

WHEREAS, Each of the proposed fabric window awnings are approximately 7’-0” wide X 4’-0” deep and would be embossed with the signage for the ground floor tenant; and

WHEREAS, we believe that the design and placement of the proposed awnings is in accordance with The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Rules; and

WHEREAS, The applicant is also seeking for Landmarks Preservation Commission to legalize a flag pole that had been installed by a previous tenant of this space; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has presented an historic photograph, taken just prior to the designation of the district, and has indicated that the flagpole had been previously in place, however current photographs indicate this flagpole had been slightly relocated; and

WHEREAS, Anyone seeking to perform alterations to a building within an historic preservation district must apply for and receive permission from the Landmarks Preservation Commission; and

WHEREAS, Although we have no objection to the design or the placement of the proposed window awnings, Community Board Five has had a general policy of not approving illegally performed work on landmarked buildings in Historic Districts; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommend denial of the application for permission to install the proposed awnings and for the legalization of the flagpole at 54 West 21 Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 22 in favor; 0 opposed; 2 abstaining.

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