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Landmarks commission shoots down West Village parish plan

Church of St. Luke in the Fields told to revise proposal before building 15-story addition
March 18, 2014 01:02PM

The Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected a proposal by the Church of St. Luke in the Fields to construct a new building in the West Village last week.

The proposal to build a 15-story, 153-foot-tall tower atop a parking lot at 487 Hudson Street — a plot of land delineated by Hudson, Barrow, Christopher and Greenwich streets — has garnered a lot of opposition from local elected officials and residents, according to past reports. At the public meeting, LPC asked that the plan be revised, citing concerns about the scale of the project and the materials that would be used.

In particular, the Historic Districts Council called the building “overwhelming,” and called out its “unnecessarily ‘fussy’ use of many different materials to draw attention to itself and its ‘bland’ brick articulation,” Curbed reported. The tower, which was designed by Barry Rice Architects, would contain market-price rental units and affordable units to create and 80/20 building, the proposal stated.

The LPC also rejected another plan by the church to build a two-story addition to the adjacent St. Luke’s School. [Curbed] – Sasha von Oldershausen