This coming Thursday, May 12th, the Community Board 2 Landmarks Committee will be hearing an application to build a huge addition on top of the existing one- and two story buildings at 85 Jane Street. The result will be a new 80 foot tall structure (plus mechanicals) mid-block on landmarked Jane Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets in the heart of the West Village. This is the old Pro Piano location – see the photo above.
UPDATE MAY 10TH: WE HAVE JUST LEARNED THAT THIS PROPOSAL ACTUALLY CALLS FOR TWO 90-FOOT-TALL SLIVER TOWERS (including mechanicals), one made of glass and the other of concrete! The proposed uniform 41-foot-high street wall running the entire length of the property is also an issue. At an invitation-only meeting with a few community residents to review the proposal, the owners refused to reveal their names and would not allow residents to take any photos of the plans. Furthermore, the owners have hired lobbyist James Capalino, a long-time community adversary and major de Blasio fundraiser, to push the city to approve the project. Capalino also represents Aurora Capital’s massive Gansevoort project.
Please come to the CB2 hearing to learn more about this proposal and to tell the Community Board that new structures of this size are completely out-of-character with the Greenwich Village Historic District and should be rejected!
The hearing will be held:
Thursday, May 12th, 6:30PM
NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place, Room 520
(near the Northeast corner of Washington Square Park)
The facebook event for the hearing is here. Please invite your friends.
If you want to help stop this proposal, please contact preserveJaneSt@gmail.com
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation has prepared an excellent history of the two buildings currently on this site. Read it here.
See you at the hearing!