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1162 Broadway (b/t 27-28th Streets), Application to Demolish a Non-historic Building and Build a New Hotel

At the scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, December 12, 2013, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 34 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, 1162 Broadway, is located in the Madison Square North Historic District, and

WHEREAS, The existing non-descript, two-story, 26 foot wide structure, was built in 1940's replacing an earlier 4 story building and 

WHEREAS, The existing building is deemed "non-contributing" to the architecture and historic character of the district, and

WHEREAS, The applicant proposes to replace the existing structure with a 15-story hotel, and

WHEREAS, Hotels were prominent in the district, and

WHEREAS, Lots in the district are typically 25-30 feet wide and it is common to see contributing, historic, turn-of-the-century, high-rise buildings in the district, and

WHEREAS, The proposed hotel building has design features compatible and complementary with the district including;

-       Overall composition that a clearly defined base, shaft and top

-       A prominent cornice

-       A front façade of glazed brick with a granite base 

-       Unglazed brick sidewalls

-       Storefront and fenestration that echo similarly tall buildings in the district

-       The welcome addition of a rooftop water tower

WHEREAS, Current code would require that the upper stories of the new building be set back 15 feet, a configuration that is not appropriate to the district, and

WHEREAS, The applicant is applying for a variance from the Board of Standard and Appeals to permit a historically appropriate straight street wall, and 

WHEREAS, The applicant was able to prove, based on historic photos and prints, that entry canopies are historically appropriate for a hotels in the district, and 

WHEREAS, The proposed canopy was designed in a manner that is sensitive and appropriate to the district, therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board 5 recommends approval of the application to demolish a non-historic building and build a new hotel at 1162 Broadway, bet. 27th and 28th Streets.

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