14-16 Fifth Avenue: Community Board Rejects Plan, Landmarks Preservation Commission Hearing Tues. March 9

14-16 Fifth Avenue today (l.) and proposed.

On Tuesday night, Community Board #2’s Landmarks Committee voted to disapprove demolition of the historic and landmarked 170 year old former townhouses at 14-16 Fifth Avenue, and to urge that if the demolition plan is approved by the City, the height of the planned replacement tower be reduced. This is exactly what we and hundreds of neighbors urged them to do, so we are deeply grateful.

The proposal would destroy an extremely important part of our neighborhood and our city’s history (see here and here), and allow demolition of landmarked structures that clearly contribute to the Greenwich Village Historic District. The fate of the proposal will be decided by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has announced it will hear the application on Tuesday, March 9. As soon as the exact time of the daytime hearing is announced, we will let you know.

You can also use this letter as a basis for your testimony on March 9 (which is limited to 3 min. for verbal testimony; written comments can be any length).

February 18, 2021