Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and partner Joshua Lehrer want to renovate an eight-unit townhouse at 36 Riverside Drive into a one-family mansion. But they need approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and it’s not yet clear whether they’ll get it.
The community board has already recommended denial of part of the plan, according to NY YIMBY, which had a reporter at a Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting on Tuesday.
Lehrer presented the renovation plan to the LPC with preservation consultant Ward Dennis. The townhouse, which they bought last year, was built between 1888 and 1889. The renovation would expand the structure from 8,997 square feet to 10,375, according to YIMBY.
“The basement, or ground, level would be reconstructed with a centered entrance. The stoop would not be restored, Dennis said, because it would end up abutting the new apartment building to the left. The first floor would be built out on the rear, raising the yard by one story. The first floor would also be regularized, new windows would be installed on the second floor, the non-original bay on the third floor bay would be replaced with a new one clad in copper, and the fourth floor balcony would get new doors.
The fifth floor would also get new windows, as well as replacement of its terra cotta to match existing copper on the mansard. The fifth floor would then be built out to the full depth of the house and an addition constructed on top of that for roof access and an elevator bulkhead.”
The West End Preservation Society objected to a new glass bay and Landmarks West objected to a change to the entrance. The applicant is likely to come back with some changes.
Images from LPC presentation.