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205West 57th Street (7th & Broadway)(The Osborne), application to renovate

WHEREAS, 205 West 57th Street, located at the Northwest corner of 7th Avenue and 57th Street and also known as The Osborne, was built in 1883-85 by the architect James E. Ware and received landmark designation in 1991; and

WHEREAS, The request is for the interior renovation of the combined apartments 11A, 11B and 12A and the construction of a rooftop addition above this penthouse apartment; and

WHEREAS, The interior renovation is not for consideration by this Board; and

WHEREAS, The rooftop addition replaces a small structure added prior to designation that is in poor condition; and

WHEREAS, The new structure will only marginally increase the height of the current structure; and

WHEREAS, An outline of the new structure has been set up on the roof for clear evaluation and consideration; and

WHEREAS, It has been demonstrated that it is extremely difficult to see the structure from any of the surrounding streets; and

WHEREAS, A very limited view of the top line of the structure only begins to be evident from at least 3 blocks distant at 7th Avenue between 54th and 55th Streets; and

WHEREAS, The requested work is deemed to not in any way affect the public view of a landmark known as one of the grandest apartment buildings of its era; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application to renovate the aforementioned structure and build the rooftop addition on 205 West 57th Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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