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MAS Submits Testimony to Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Church of St. Luke-in-the-Fields’ Development Proposal in the Greenwich Village Historic District

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On February 4, 2014, the Church of St. Luke-in-the-Fields presented two development proposals for their complex within the Greenwich Village Historic District before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The first proposal was for a new 15-story residential building at 100 Barrow Street designed by Barry Rice Architects. The second proposal was for a 2-story rooftop and rear addition to an existing school building at 657 Greenwich Street designed by Andrew Bartle Architects. MAS submitted testimony regarding the appropriateness of these proposals.

While the MAS Preservation Committee understands that sacred sites must find new ways to fund their missions, they find the two development proposals to lack a cohesive design scheme and lack appropriateness for the Greenwich Village Historic District, one of New York’s earliest designations. The Landmarks Preservation Commission did not come to a decision on the proposal at the hearing.