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104 West 40th Street - Application for revision of storefront to the 39th Street elevation

WHEREAS, The Springs Mills Building, 104 West 40th Street, constructed in 1962, was designed by the prominent New York architectural firm, Harrison & Abramowitz, who collaborated on many significant mid-20th Century projects in New York, including structures at Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, Lincoln Center, Columbia University and the State Capital of New York at Albany; and

WHEREAS, This building was designated an individual NYC Landmark March 13, 2010,  adding its distinctive chamfered tower to the city's growing list of Modern buildings under landmark protection; and

WHEREAS, The current owners have leased space to TKP Conference Center for meeting rooms and other business activities, similar to conference centers it runs in Tokyo, Shanghai and elsewhere; and

WHEREAS, TKP is taking over a long vacant space in the building, that will have a separate entrance on the West 39th street side of the block through building, in what was once a storefront; and 

WHEREAS, The owners of 104 West 40th Street have applied to LPC for approval of a design for a secondary building entrance on West 39th Street; and

WHEREAS, The materials (steel, aluminum and glass) and design will complement the nearby building entrance, immediately to the west; and

WHEREAS, The applicant, at the suggestion of CB5, will place a small plate over the back of the EXIT sign above the door so that the sign does not read backwards from the front of the building; and

WHEREAS, The vinyl lettering on the glass will be removable for future identification needs of subsequent tenants; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for 104 West 40th Street for revision of storefront at the 39th Street elevation.

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