The Landmarks Preservation Commission will be holding its next meeting on the massive Gansevoort Development project Tuesday, February 9th. It’s important that they receive as many emails as possible reminding them how strongly our community opposes this project (copies will also be sent to our local elected officials). Please send a message now (and please send this message even if you have already signed our petition)!
Dear Chair Srinivasan,
I strongly oppose the proposal to transform the scale of Gansevoort Street and profoundly alter its market character. The planned 120′ and 98′ tall structures would be grossly out-of-scale and out-of-character with this block and the surrounding market buildings.
In 2003, the Landmarks Preservation Commission chose to landmark Gansevoort Street in its current low-scale market configuration, the form in which it has existed for the past 75 years. The Commission did so for good reason.
The LPC’s designation report is clear: the Gansevoort Market Historic District – and the Gansevoort block in particular – was designated to preserve the area’s unique market character and history. The Gansevoort block is the only remaining intact block consisting entirely of one- and two-story market buildings in the Historic District.
The 1930’s alteration of the Gansevoort buildings from residential to low-scale market structures, as the designation report explicitly states, represents an essential phase in the district’s history: a time when the market expanded due to innovative new transportation projects and great economic change. The market buildings of the Gansevoort block in their current form exemplify precisely the history and character that the Landmark designation is intended to protect. They should be preserved for posterity, not demolished or transformed beyond recognition.
Additionally, let’s get the facts straight. The developers’ proposed structures would be nearly twice as tall as the 5-story tenements they claim they wish to replicate. The pre-1930’s buildings were almost certainly no higher than 60′. The new structures would be 98′ and 120′ tall (including mechanicals). This is in part because the new structures would be 6 and 8-stories tall, not 5-stories, and partly because of the new structures’ extremely large 14-15′ floor-to-ceiling heights.
I urge you to reject this misguided plan.