Developers plan to transform the 111-year-old Crenshaw Church on the corner of 96th street and Central Park West into condos, and have been building a mock-up on top of the church to show the Landmarks Preservation Commission what the additions would look like.
Hearings to debate the project have been set, according to Landmark West, which appears to be wary of the project.
“Landmark West will be watching this carefully, and when (not if) the time comes to evaluate a proposal for further building on the landmark site, we’ll be ready. Please contact your neighbors and elected officials about this proposal.”
“Architects representing the owner, 361 Central Park L.L.C., have applied to the commission for permission to replace the windows and add others. A spokeswoman for the commission, Damaris Olivo, said the application also sought permission for a new metal-and-glass entrance on West 96th Street and an addition on the roof. Whether replacing or adding windows constitutes an alteration to the building’s exterior remains to be determined.”
A lawyer for the developers said their “prime motivation and goal is to restore this building and preserve it and keep it beautiful” but noted that the project is quite complicated and “will require some alteration to the building’s facade.”
Landmark West says the meetings are set for the following dates (we added some info on expected timing):
1) Community Board 7 Preservation Committee Meeting: Thursday, November 13 at 6:30pm (discussion of the church is expected to start at 8 p.m. Community Board 7 Meetings are usually held at the Board Office, 250 West 87th Street (West of Broadway).
2) LPC Public Hearing: Tuesday, November 18, time to be determined – the ONLY opportunity you will have to speak before the LPC. It is crucial that you show up for this hearing since the LPC’s decisions are legally binding. LPC Hearings are held at the Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor North.