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15 East 26th Street, Madison Square North Historic District, application to install a marquee and light fixtures

WHEREAS, 15 East 26th Street, a twenty- story Neo-Medieval Style loft building is located in the Madison Square North Historic District, and

WHEREAS, The 1910-1912 era building's upper twelve floors were converted to residential use between 2006 - 2008, and

WHEREAS, The Condominium Association has submitted an application to modify the central residential entry (which had been the main commercial lobby entrance and had a non-historic marquee that was removed) while maintaining the historic fabric of the facade, by replacing  non-historic canopy and adding wall sconces on either side of the canopy, and

WHEREAS, The proposal respects the overall symmetry of the façade, and the proposed glass topped canopy design is harmonious with the building's design in that it repeats motifs found in the architectural stone work, iron grillwork and incorporated the existing structural tiebacks, and

WHEREAS, The applicant has agreed to complete a full restoration of the lower four floors in conjunction with the canopy application including repairing or replacing in-kind limestone panels and ornamentation, and

WHEREAS, The applicant has received letters of support from the neighboring building 225 5th Avenue, the Flatiron Partnership and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval the installation of a new entry canopy and lighting sconces at 15 East 26th Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 32 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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