LPC weighs landmarking 40 UWS blocks

June 28, 2011 12:49PM

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From left: 333 West 86th Street and 235 West 75th Street (building photo credit: PropertyShark)

The Landmark Preservation Commission is holding a hearing today to decide whether to create a historic district spanning West End Avenue from 70th Street to 109th Street, DNAinfo reported. The district would encompass more than 800 buildings, and quell growing concern over the recent destruction of architectural detail on two Upper West Side buildings. In the last two months ornamental urns were removed from 333 West 86th Street and marble columns were detached from 235 West 75th Street. Though both incidents were licensed with proper permits, residents of the buildings were surprised and angered by the changes. Residents of the neighborhood want the elegant buildings to remain intact, as they help the neighborhood’s appearance and property values. But Mike Slattery, senior vice president of the Real Estate Board of New York, worried that the huge area of the proposed district would include many buildings unworthy of landmark status and stagnate economic growth in a notable Manhattan neighborhood. [DNAinfo]