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22 West 27th Street, application to replace two existing elevator bulkheads with two new elevator bulkheads with painted aluminum cladding

WHEREAS, 22 West 27th Street is a twelve-story loft building designed by the architectural firm Buchman & Fox and constructed in 1909 for the Realty Holding Company, located in the Madison Square North Historic District; and

WHEREAS, The building has an exterior that remains largely intact; and

WHEREAS, The roof currently has two existing elevator bulkheads; and

WHEREAS, The building's two elevators are possibly original to the building and materials for major repairs are no longer available; and

WHEREAS, The building must replace these elevators and seeks to gain access to the roof by elevator in order to manage the transport of HVAC equipment and other needs; and

WHEREAS, The investigation of options for elevator replacement and roof access led to at least four different options in order to increase the size of the bulkheads as little as possible; and

WHEREAS, A number of these options were determined by elevator consultants to not be feasible; and

WHEREAS, The applicant is using the current shafts for the new elevators and have maintained a setback to reduce as much visibility as possible; and

WHEREAS, The increase in bulkhead size will be from the current 12 feet to 18 feet; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has demonstrated a commitment to reducing visibility to the least degree possible, and

WHEREAS, The new bulkheads will be only slightly visible from the street, most specifically from Broadway and 28th Street; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has demonstrated efforts to consider all options, reduce visibility, and consider various materials that will also reduce visibility; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board 5 recommends approval of the proposed application for 22 West 27th Street.

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