Thursday, October 30, 2014

Landmarking CPW / 97 St. church (being made into condos) ?

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has scheduled a 
public hearing
on Tuesday, November 18, time to be determined, 
for the First Church of Christ Scientist (now known as Crenshaw Church, 361 Central Park West (a.k.a. 1 West 96th Street), an individually landmarked church designed by Carrère & Hastings from 1901 to 1903). 
In addition, the proposal will go before Community Board 7's Preservation Committee on Thursday, November 13 at 6:30pm.

For the past month, the developer has been constructing a mock-up (photo enclosed) of a structure on the existing church.  The photo was taken from 50 West 97th Street.  Other Central Park West buildings and the iconic Central Park West skyline have been threatened before.  The developer has filed plans for a residential conversion of the church (see the New York Times article, "A Difficult Passage From Church to Condominium," from Sept. 26, 2014 and an article in The Real Deal from Aug. 8, 2014), potentially affecting the CPW skyline.  The applicant will present their plans to the LPC on Tuesday, November 18.  LANDMARK WEST! will be watching this carefully, and when (not if) the time comes to evaluate a proposal for further building on the landmark site, we’ll be ready.  Please contact your neighbors and elected officials about this proposal.  If you have any questions, please call us.

1) Community Board 7 Preservation Committee Meeting: Thursday, November 13 at 6:30pm

2) LPC Public Hearing: Tuesday, November 18, time to be determined - the ONLY opportunity you will have to speak before the LPC.  It is crucial that you show up for this hearing since the LPC's decisions are legally binding.

3) Call your neighbors and your elected officials!

Showing up at these hearings is the only thing that counts!  Please call LW! for any additional questions or information.


Community Board 7 Meetings are held at the 
Board Office, 
250 West 87th Street (West of Broadway)

LPC Hearings are held at the Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor North