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27 West 17th St. – application to replace existing storefront while maintaining historic fabric of the original, including restoration work and installation of new windows

WHEREAS, 23-27 West 17th Street, located between 5th & 6th Avenues, is located in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, This building currently has a storefront which is significantly compromised from its original design and features; and

WHEREAS, The first and second floors include mismatched doors, small vertical windows, and has louvers to cover necessary mechanical equipment behind the façade; and

WHEREAS, The building at 18 West 18th Street immediately behind the building was designed as a match for this building and can be used as a guide in restoration; and

WHEREAS, The requested changes will bring the entrance doors into harmony with the original; and

WHEREAS, Additional changes include a glass façade and, where necessary for mechanical needs, the retention of a single louver with an option to create two additional and symmetrical louvers if necessary; and

WHEREAS, The materials to be used include wood, cast iron and aluminum and will replicate and/or harmonize with the original façade; and

WHEREAS, The proposed renovation will create an attractive and historically accurate façade, including the use of an historically appropriate green color for the painted areas; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to replace and renovate the aforementioned structure at 23-27 West 17th Street in the Ladies Mile Historic District.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 38 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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