827-831 Broadway Oversized Addition Hearing Next Tuesday 1/9

The developer’s proposal to add an oversized, four-story glass addition to 827-831 Broadway, the 1866 loft structures which GVSHP recently led the successful campaign to landmark, is scheduled to be heard by the Landmarks Preservation Commission next Tuesday, January 9, starting at approximately 2pm.The developer claims that the proposed addition would be a tribute to Willem de Kooning and the many other artists who lived and worked (and in some cases still do!) in the building over the last six decades. We strongly disagree. The proposal was rejected by Community Board #2, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission will decide its fate.
Aside from the visually overwhelming nature of the proposed addition, there are several disturbing elements to the developer’s arguments for it. The developer claims that the building is a “cultural landmark only” and therefore does not warrant the same type or level of consideration regarding changes to the building that other landmarks do – a patently false claim. It also appears likely that the developer will seek permission from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to demolish all but the façade of the building, even though the application does not specify this. The developer claims he is entitled to do so and the LPC would have no authority to prohibit such demolition – another disturbing and false claim. 

We saved these uniquely significant structures from the wrecking ball.  It’s critical that we send a strong message to the Landmarks Preservation Commission that they not approve this proposal.

Please also attend and speak at the LPC hearing on Tuesday, or just come to show support. Use the above letter for sample testimony (verbal testimony is limited to 3 minutes; written comments can be any length).

January 4, 2018