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137 Fifth Avenue (Ladies' Mile Historic District), between E. 20 St. and E. 21 St., Application to install new Storefront

WHEREAS, 137 Fifth Avenue, a twelve story Neo-Renaissance storefront and loft structure is located in the Ladies Mile Historic District; and

WHEREAS, the 1902 era façade remains intact except for the Fifth Avenue ground floor storefront composed of anodized aluminum and glass materials; and

WHEREAS, the Applicant, a retail store,  has proposed to replace the non-historic infill with a design based on historic tax photos, namely a bay shaped, wood panel storefront more in keeping with the building's original architectural design and materials; and

WHEREAS, to lessen the visual impact of non-historic ADA door openers and intercoms they will be moved from the front of the façade to return panels; and

WHEREAS, a proposed blade sign falls within the NYC LPC rules; and

WHEREAS, some concerns were expressed regarding the placement of recessed lights within the historic canopy and with the modern nature of in the proposed door handles, however, the other historic elements above the first floor will remain undisturbed; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Community Board 5 recommends approval of the application for a new storefront and entries at 137 Fifth Avenue. 

The above resolution passed by a vote of 36 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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