De Blasio to nominate BSA chair as head of Landmarks

Preservationist called it "very out-of-the-box choice"

TRD New York /
May.May 16, 2014 10:50 AM

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to nominate Meenakshi Srinivasan, chair of the Board of Standards for Appeals, to head the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The pick now goes to the City Council for final approval. Srinivasan ran the BSA for about 10 years, and worked at the Department of City Planning for 14 years. She is also an architect. Carol Clark, assistant commissioner at Local Legislative Affairs, and Ronda Wist, former executive director of the Landmarks Commission, were considered for the spot.

Real Estate Board of New York chief Steven Spinola said Srinivasan is expected to be receptive to developers’ needs. Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, told the Wall Street Journal the nomination was a “very out-of-the-box choice.”

“It’s an interesting choice because the BSA [Board of Standards and Appeals] has very strict regulations under which it operates,” Bankeoff told the Journal. “The landmarks commission is much more flexible in its discretion.” [WSJ]Mark Maurer

Related Articles

The Strand Bookstore and store owner Nancy Bass Wyden (Credit: Getty Images)

Over owner’s protests, city landmarks Strand bookstore

Revamped design for 550 Madison receives Landmarks’ approval

The Top 10 preservation fights of 2018

The Strand’s building could become an official landmark despite owner’s opposition

550 Madison is now a landmark

Beyer Blinder Belle exec Fred Bland to serve as interim Landmarks chair

Developers, good luck trying to go all out in Central Harlem

City declines to landmark church in Flatbush, clearing way for demolition