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

The change follows Meenakshi Srinivasan’s resignation

Interim Chair Fred Bland (Credit: Twitter)
Interim Chair Fred Bland (Credit: Twitter)

Fred Bland will take over as the interim chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission until a new chair is appointed.

Bland will conduct the commission’s public hearings and meetings, the agency told Brownstoner. A commissioner since 2008, he was recently appointed vice chair.

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Former chair Meenakshi Srinivasan announced her resignation in April and her last day was June 1, the report said. She was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014 — and has overseen 3,800 building designations for historic protections.

Preservationists have complained the group is not doing its job, the report said. In March, two dozen neighborhood groups signed a letter calling for the replacement of Srinivasan and halting the agency’s proposal to change operating rules.

Bland is currently a managing partner at architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle. He’s served on the board of the Brooklyn Historical Society and as president of the Brooklyn Heights Association. [Brownstoner] — Meenal Vamburkar