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Today at the LPC: St. Vincent’s, Fillmore Place & More

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The LPC’s agenda today is full of projects MAS has been following.  This morning, the agency addressed the St. Vincent’s hospital and new residential development projects, and this afternoon the Commissioners are scheduled to vote to make Fillmore Place in Williamsburg a historic district. More designations are taking place this afternoon too – keep reading for details.

In another split vote, the LPC today voted to approve a “notice to proceed” with the demolition of St. Vincent’s 1960s O’Toole building and the construction of a new hospital on the site. This was the final step of the hardship process, which started about a year ago, allowing the project to move forward to seek other required land use and State Department of Health approvals. Despite its name, the “notice to proceed” does not allow for the immediate demolition of the Modernist icon. The LPC’s approval came with three stipulations before the demolition can commence: 1. St. Vincent’s must aquire all other land use approvals required by the City Planning Commission and other city agencies; 2. the hospital must recieve its required approval from the New York State Department of Health; and 3. the Chair of the LPC must deterimine that St. Vincent’s has all of the financing for the construction of the hospital in place.  Until these stipulations are met, the O’Toole building will remain.

In addition, the LPC today looked closely at the design of the residential development that is to replace the existing hospital on the east side of 7th Ave. between 11th and 12th St.  Although the original proposal was to demolish all 8 of the hospital buildings, the residential project was revised after the LPC indicated last year that the demolition was not appropriate.  The revised residential design includes retaining and adapting for residential use the Nurses and Smith buildings on 12th St., Raskob on the corner of 7th and 12th, and Spellman on 11th St.  New apartment buildings will replace the 1953 Reiss Pavillion on 12th Street and the 1980s Cronin and Link buildings on 7th Ave.  The 1961 Cronin building on 12th Street is to be replaced with 5 rowhouses.  Although the Commissioners thought the development’s design had improved over the original design, they requested more information and some changes to the project and did not grant their approval today.

In other news, the LPC is scheduled to make Fillmore Place Brooklyn’s newest historic district today. In 2005, MAS, in partnership with the Waterfront Preservation Alliance of Greenpoint and Williamsburg identified and nominated this collection of residences as part of our Williamsburg and Greenpoint historic resources survey. The LPC also plans to designate this afternoon the Fort Washington Presbyterian Church and the Audubon Park Historic District, both in upper Manhattan.

Lastly, the LPC is “calendaring,” the first step in the designation process, several other buildings in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The Manhattan buildings include three cast-iron buildings (315 and 321 Grand Street and 97 Bowery); four Federal-style buildings (143 Allen Street, 138 Second Avenue, and 145 and 147 Eighth Avenue); the former Germania Fire Insurance Co. at 357 Bowery; the Hebrew Actors Union building at 31 East 7th Street; the Sire Building at 211 West 58th Street; and the Immaculate Virgin Mission 55th – 56th Streets and 10th Avenue. In Queens, the LPC is calendaring the Lydia Ann Bell and J. William Ahles House at 39-24 213th Street. Finally, the LPC is calendaring the house at 63 William Street in Staten Island.