Landmarks To Hear Troubling Plan For 44-54 Ninth Avenue/351-355 West 14th Street Tomorrow — WRITE TODAY
The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hear a troubling application (click here to view) tomorrow for major changes to the buildings at the northeast corner of 14th Street and 9th Avenue in the Gansevoort Market Historic District. While the plan involves some welcome elements of restoration to these nine highly altered 1840s houses that hug this corner, it also involves demolition of virtually all of these buildings besides the street-facing facades below the roofline, and construction of a large, approx. 135 ft. tall glass tower behind, about 55% of which would lie outside the Gansevoort Market Historic District boundary and therefore is not subject to landmarks review.
This is an unacceptable compromise of the historic district we proposed and fought so hard to secure, and too high a price to pay for the restoration of parts of the facades of these buildings. This row of houses, among the oldest in the district, are located at a highly visible corner and help define the scale, sense of place, and history of Gansevoort Market.