5 EAST 17TH STREET, APPLICATION FOR ELEVATOR BULKHEAD EXTENSION.
At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, July 09, 2015, the following resolution passed with a vote of 34 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:
WHEREAS The building owner of 5 East 17th Street applied for an Elevator Bulkhead Extension to accommodate a new elevator to arrive at forthcoming the roof deck and addition of a cornice;
WHEREAS This building is in the Ladies' Mile Historic District;
WHEREAS The committee was very concerned with drastic increase from an 8 foot bulkhead to a 20 foot bulkhead;
WHEREAS The applicant proposed to put a fiberglass cornice where there had not been one since the 1940's tax photo;
WHEREAS The applicant did not provide adequate renderings nor a detailed plan of the design of the cornice;
WHEREAS The applicant was unable to provide the committee with any information on if historic architects had done any design consultation or materials sourcing consultation on this application;
WHEREAS The applicant was unable to provide the committee with exact colors, samples or responses to questions about material weathering;
WHEREAS The applicant was unable to provide the committee with a complete list of angles from which the bulkhead would be visible;
WHEREAS These missing elements of information gave the committee great concern that there was not enough to judge if the cornice would be contextual or if the bulkhead would look unobtrusive;
WHEREAS There were too many variables for the committee members to make a decision without more information such as renderings, samples and colorized elevation renderings;
WHEREAS The committee gave the applicant the option to withdraw the application until their plans are more complete but they refused; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Community Board Five recommends denial of this application elevator bulkhead extension for 5 East 17th Street.