<< Back


625 5th Avenue, application from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York for a Restoration & Continuing Maintenance plan of St. Patrick’s Cathedral located on the east side of 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets

WHEREAS, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is located on 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets, NY, NY; and

WHEREAS, Per the designation report, the structure was completed in 1878 and designed by James Renwick Jr.; and

WHEREAS, It was designated an individual and interior landmark on October 19, 1966; and

WHEREAS, The Archdiocese is requesting the approval of a continuing maintenance plan on the Cathedral to facilitate the transfer of development rights pursuant to ZR 81-642; and

WHEREAS, The maintenance plan includes a digital database of all interior and exterior features including, but not limited to:

WHEREAS, The approval of the maintenance plan is required before the landmarked property can finalize the transfer of development “air rights” to another property or site in the Greater East Midtown Rezoning Plan; and

WHEREAS, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Archdiocese “The Applicant” will have an enhanced legal obligation to the City of New York to maintain the upkeep of all the documented historic elements of this property and will be subject to a regular inspection schedule of the conditions of the property; and

WHEREAS, CB5 feels that the maintenance plan and restoration work maintains a robust quality of craftsmanship and the Archdiocese has proven to be good stewards of their landmark; and

WHEREAS, Twenty percent of the value of the transaction will go to the East Midtown Public Realm Fund; and

WHEREAS, All future changes or alteration to this property will still be subject to LPC and Community Board/Public Review; and

WHEREAS, Only 30,000 sq. ft. of the available 1MM Sq. Ft is going to be transferred in this transaction; and

WHEREAS, The transfer of development rights will be reviewed by CB5 before the full project can be certified and authorized; and

WHEREAS, The receiving site for these development rights is located at 405 Park Avenue; and

WHEREAS, all future transfers of the remaining development rights will also be reviewed by CB5; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval for the Archdiocese’s proposed restoration & continuing maintenance plan of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in order to pursue the zoning approval to transfer development rights within the Greater East Midtown subdistrict.

Sign Up For Our Newsletter