Foster and Rosen get Madison Avenue building approval

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The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a less formidable expansion of a six-story building at 980 Madison Avenue between 76th and 77th streets, two years after rejecting a proposed 30-story glass addition to the building, according to the New York Times. Architect Lord Norman Foster and landlord Aby Rosen had faced a firestorm of controversy over their proposed changes in 2006, receiving a scathing review from New York Times critic Nicolai Ouroussoff. Later alterations to the plan were also denied by Landmarks. The most recent plan, approved by a 7-to-1 vote, includes an addition limited to 108 feet.

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