Manhattan beep unveils plan to speed up landmarks process

Proposal sets 90-day limit on responses to applications

TRD New York /
Apr.April 08, 2015 06:17 PM

Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer unveiled a plan Wednesday to speed up and simplify the landmark review process.

The legislation, to be co-introduced with council members Dan Garodnick, Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, calls for a public web database of all actions by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and would allow online applications for landmark status.

The proposed laws would also put a lid on the length of the application process. It calls for a 90-day limit for responses to applications for landmark status and a 180-day limit for historic districts applications. Moreover, unresolved landmark cases could no longer be shelved for more than five years.

While the proposed changes could help simplify the famously onerous landmark process, they are unlikely to satisfy developers’ demands. Real estate executives have long complained about the growing number of historic districts and landmarked buildings, a phenomenon they argue impedes the creation of affordable housing.

Gale Brewer has long been a champion of landmarks reform, although her proposals have rarely made developers happy. Last year, she proposed that the LPC automatically consider every building slated for demolition for landmark status.


Related Articles

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

Over owner’s protests, city landmarks Strand bookstore

Over owner’s protests, city landmarks Strand bookstore
Revamped design for 550 Madison receives Landmarks’ approval

Revamped design for 550 Madison receives Landmarks’ approval

Revamped design for 550 Madison receives Landmarks’ approval
The Top 10 preservation fights of 2018

The Top 10 preservation fights of 2018

The Top 10 preservation fights of 2018
“They are an insular, arrogant group”: Borough presidents have harsh words for DOB, City Planning

“They are an insular, arrogant group”: Borough presidents have harsh words for DOB, City Planning

“They are an insular, arrogant group”: Borough presidents have harsh words for DOB, City Planning
Borough leaders will talk reopening on TRD Talks

Borough leaders will talk reopening on TRD Talks

Borough leaders will talk reopening on TRD Talks
Essential workers at two luxury Manhattan resi buildings have walked out on the job, citing poor work conditions and harassment. (Credit: SEIU 32BJ)

Service workers strike at two luxury Manhattan buildings

Service workers strike at two luxury Manhattan buildings
Gale Brewer proposes women’s jail at Lincoln Correctional Facility (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Gale Brewer wants to turn “prime, trophy real estate” into women’s jail

Gale Brewer wants to turn “prime, trophy real estate” into women’s jail
Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer (Credit: Getty Images)

Why Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer didn’t pay her mortgage for 5 years

Why Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer didn’t pay her mortgage for 5 years
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...