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676 6th Avenue, (21st & 22nd Street), Ladies’ Mile Historic District, application to install storefront infill and signage

WHEREAS, 676 6th Avenue located between 21st & 22nd Street is a two-story, white-painted brick building in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, Markt Restaurant, the tenant in the ground floor, has applied to Landmarks Preservation Commission seeking permission to remove and replace the existing storefront; and

WHEREAS, The architect for the applicant presented plans and designs for the proposed storefront to Community Board Five which propose:

WHEREAS, The proposed windows for the new storefront would not be in line with the original historical look of the building; and

WHEREAS, The installation of the new signage would create and include a large bright red sign, and would not be keeping in character with the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The removal of the paint on the 1st floor only would create a situation where the top half of the building was painted and the bottom half was not; and

WHEREAS, The applicant did not present samples of the replacement materials or representations of the proposed new light fixtures; and

WHEREAS, The proposed replacement design is not considered historically or esthetically consonant with the building's original architecture and the other buildings in the Historic District; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends disapproval of the application for replacement of the existing storefront at 676 6th Avenue.

The above resolution passedby a vote of 34 in favor; 5 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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