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1150 Broadway, Application for storefront renovation.

At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, April 10, 2014, the following resolution passed with a vote of : 36 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstained,.

WHEREAS, 1150 Broadway is a commercial building located on the Northeast corner of Broadway and West 27th Street within the heart of the Madison Square North Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant, The Smith Restaurant, seeks to renovate the building's four non-historic storefront bays along Broadway and the six easternmost non-historic storefront bays along West 27th Street following the configuration of the building's second story windows; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant proposes to install black painted steel and glass fixed storefronts along West 27th Street and black painted steel and glass storefronts with sliding steel and glass doors along Broadway; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant seeks to apply a non-historic semi-opaque film on the interior glass of all of the renovated storefront bays to partially obscure diners from passersby; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant seeks to install non-historic retractable black canvas awnings above each renovated storefront approximately 8 feet high and extending five feet from the building's façade; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant proposes the addition of moderate signage without the use of lights on some storefront windows and proposed awnings; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant's proposed use of a non-historic glass treatment, proposed non-historic sliding glass doors, and the vast number of proposed awnings do not harmoniously relate to the Madison Square North Historic District, and are consequently unsuitable; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to renovate four storefronts on the Broadway façade and six storefronts on the West 27th Street façade of 1150 Broadway unless the non-historic film proposed to coat the glass, the sliding glass and steel doors along the four Broadway storefronts, and the awnings are removed from the plan. 

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