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34 West 17th Street, Application for rear facade modifications.

WHEREAS, 34 West 17th Street, a 10-story, loft-style building, is located in the Ladies Mile Historic District, and

WHEREAS, The applicant has proposed extensive renovations including full restoration of the building's 17th Street (primary) facade, and 

WHEREAS, The renovations include modifications to the rear (secondary) facade which are visible from the public way on 16th Street, and 

WHEREAS, The rear wall application includes restoration of historically sensitive features such as extensive masonry repointing, restoration (with some re-locations) of historic fire shutters, restoration of wood window frames and windows, and the removal of the fire escape, and

WHEREAS, Less historically sensitive interventions include the enlargement of select window openings to create balcony doors on the 6th through 10th floors, and

WHEREAS, The proposed balcony railings have been modified from the original application of structural glass to more historically appropriate ironwork that will mimic the fire escape railings, and 

WHEREAS, The only modified window openings are on the 10th floor of the building and only minimally visible from the public way, and less so when the trees are in leaf and 

WHEREAS, All other modified window openings are not visible from the public way, and 

WHEREAS, Overall the restoration will enhance the contributing nature of the building and make a positive impact to the Ladies Mile Historic District, therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of this application to make rear facade modifications at 34 West 17th Street.

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