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1162 Broadway LLC Application to Build a New Commercial Building at 1162 Broadway (b/w 27th & 28th Streets).

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, April 09, 2020, the following resolution passed with a vote of 36 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining and 1 present but not entitled to vote:

WHEREAS, 1162 Broadway is located in the Madison Square North Historic District; and

WHEREAS, In 2013, the applicant presented an application for the demolition of an existing non-contributing structure and the construction of a new 15 story hotel; and

WHEREAS, At that time Community Board Five found the proposed design to be contextual and sympathetic to the historic district; and

WHEREAS, A Certificate of Appropriateness was granted by LPC, but the Certificate has expired; and

WHEREAS, Due to market conditions, the applicant has abandoned the project to build a hotel and instead is proposing to build a commercial office building; and

WHEREAS, As zoning regulations for commercial buildings differ slightly from zoning for hotels, the massing and bulk distribution has induced minor alterations to the design of the new proposed building that include the following:
 Overall roof height reduced by 2 feet
 Number of floors reduced from 14 to 13 stories
 Window size adjusted to match updated floor height
 Gas vent and siamese connection added at street level; and

WHEREAS, The design vocabulary of the proposed commercial building is consistent with the 2013 proposal and takes its cues from the architectural style of the historic district; and

WHEREAS, Lots in the district are typically 25-30 feet wide and it is common to see contributing, historic, turn-of-the-century, high-rise buildings in the district; and

WHEREAS, The proposed building has design features compatible and complementary with the district including:
- Overall composition that a clearly defined base, shaft and top
- A prominent cornice
- A front façade of glazed brick with a granite base
- Unglazed brick sidewalls
- Storefront and fenestration that echo similarly tall buildings in the district
- The welcome addition of a rooftop water tower; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by 1162 Broadway LLC to build a new office building at 1162 Broadway, bet. 27th and 28th Streets.

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