Developers want to tear down a small commercial building at 466-468 Columbus Avenue between West 82nd Street and West 83rd Street and replace it with a new mixed-use building. Because the building is in an historic district, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is weighing in, and the commissioners weren’t sold on the design after their first look at the building, according to a report in NY YIMBY.
The three-story building on the site now (pictured at right) once housed the vegan restaurant Blossom, which has since moved to Columbus and 84th. Developer Roe Corporation and BKSK Architects want to construct an eight-story mixed-use building on the site, with retail on the ground floor and full-floor apartments on the other floors. But the commissioners were concerned about the height.
LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, as said before, had no problem with demolition of the existing structure. Of the new building, she said “the general approach to this is appropriate.” She was not, however, 100 percent sold on the height, particularly the greater heights for the top three floors (12 feet).
The architects will have to bring the proposal back to the LPC for another review.