The Landmark Preservation Committee has tremendous influence on Real Estate Development, building modifications in landmarked districts and landmarked buildings in non- historic districts.
We usually blog about LPC reviewing and approving plans from developers whose initial plans were rejected and how developers adapt and conform their plans more closely to the contextual look and feel of other neighborhood structures to get their plans approved.
Greenpoint is a booming Brooklyn NY neighborhood with manyresidential and mixed use development projects being planned, already in the works or successfully completed and on the market for sale or lease. However, the LPC has put a stop to the demolition of an 1850’s wood frame house located at 111 Noble Street in the Greenpoint Historic District.
Real Estate investor Roei Paz has plans to replace the 1850’s house with a larger, taller residential brick building.
At a hearing last week, several LPC commissioners heard testimony from a structural engineer who inspected the house. The commissioners were not convinced that the 162 year old house needs to be torn down. The LPC’s position is that the owner may need to think about restoration and adding an extension to the rear of the original house.
Peter Ehrman, a Noble Street homeowner called the demolition plan “a Trojan Horse threatening every building in the Greenpoint Historic District and the integrity of the concept of landmarks”.
Patrick Waldo, a member of the Historic district’s Council said the demolition plan “seeks to erase 160 years of neighborhood history for one person’s financial gain”.
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