Landmarks Commission rejects Kushner’s plans for Puck Building expansion

October 05, 2011 10:49AM

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Jared Kushner, a principal of the Kushner Companies, and the Puck Building
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected developer Jared Kushner’s application to build atop the landmarked Puck Building in Soho yesterday, Crain’s reported, saying he will need to rethink his plans for rooftop additions to the 203,000-square-foot, mixed-use building at 295 Lafayette Street. They commented on a variety of concerns, a spokesperson said, including the bulk, scale and design of the proposal.

Kushner’s plan had involved redoing the top floors of the 10-story Romanesque Revival-style building and creating energy efficient penthouse units, Crain’s said.

Kushner said he would continue to refine the design in accordance with the commission’s advice.

“We look forward to continue working together to achieve the right outcome for the building,” he said.

Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, said he was satisfied with the decision.

“Few buildings in New York are more iconic, more beloved, and more worthy of the designation ‘landmark’ than the Puck Building,” he said, “and thus any proposed changes must be held to the highest level of scrutiny.” [Crain’s]