Community Board 7 on Tuesday will consider the future of the landmarked West Park Presbyterian Church at Amsterdam and West 86th Street. A developer wants to demolish the 19th century red sandstone building and replace it with a residential tower that would also include space for the church – which currently has just 12 members. The project has generated extensive opposition within the community, including from City Council Member Gale Brewer.
Last month, a community board committee voted to recommend that the church remain landmarked (which would kill the development project but without resolving the issue of how to finance badly needed repairs to the building and its façade). That recommendation comes before the full board at its 6:30 p.m. Zoom meeting Tuesday. To join the meeting, register here. To file a comment on the issue, submit statements in writing before noon Tuesday. Those who wish to speak can register in advance but the number of speakers and time allotted to each is likely to be limited.
Whatever position the board takes will be forwarded to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which will have the final say on whether the church remains landmarked or can be torn down for a new development. The developer will address the commission at a June 14 meeting, Information on how to testify or join that online meeting will be posted on the agency’s website, under the “Hearings” tab on the Monday before the public hearing.