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Reduce the Height of Proposed Gansevoort Buildings!
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[The next LPC meeting on the massive Gansevoort development will be Tuesday, June 7th, 9:30 AM at 1 Centre Street. Please come and show LPC you oppose this project!]
Dear Chair Srinivasan –
The revised plans submitted by Aurora Capital for 46-74 Gansevoort Street fail to meet the conditions that you and the other commissioners set forth during the February 9th public meeting. The Landmarks Preservation Commission should require the applicant to submit a proposal that is consistent with your explicit comments on February 9th.
I strongly urge you to require that the height of the proposed buildings at 74 Gansevoort Street and 60-68 Gansevoort Street be further reduced, per your own instructions.
Regarding 74 Gansevoort Street:
• The developer has ignored the commissioners’ directive that in addition to removing the penthouse, the height of this building should be significantly lowered. The revised building (exclusive of the penthouse) is a mere 2 feet lower than the previous proposal.
• Furthermore, the commissioners were explicit that the height of this building should be evaluated in the context of the LOFT buildings in the district. However, the developer attempts to justify its size by referring to various large WAREHOUSE buildings in the district, which are in general considerably taller than the loft buildings specified by the commissioners.
The existing loft buildings in the district average about 55 feet in height. By contrast, the developer’s revised building is 82 feet tall (97 feet tall when the large array of mechanicals is included). The proposed building at 74 Gansevoort Street should be lowered to about 55 feet in height so as to be comparable with the average loft building.
• Additionally, it should be noted that 7 individual records from the Department of Buildings show that the pre-existing tenements at this site were between 50 and 55 feet tall; the developer’s proposed building is thus nearly double the size of the previously existing structures.
Regarding 60-68 Gansevoort Street:
• The commissioners were clear that the new building at this site should be no higher than the previously existing tenements. 20 individual DOB records show that the tenements at this location were between 50 and 55 feet tall. However, the developer is now proposing a structure that would be 62 feet tall (70 feet including mechanicals). The proposed new building at 60-68 Gansevoort should be lowered to a height of no more than 50-55 feet.
I am disappointed that LPC has arbitrarily reached back to an earlier stage in the district’s history to justify replacing existing low-rise market buildings with massive new construction. Nonetheless, if the rationale is to return Gansevoort Street to its earlier tenement configuration, then the new buildings at 60-68 and 74 Gansevoort must conform to the size of their predecessors.