CB2 Backs Merchant’s House in Denial of Zoning Change for Adjacent Hotel
The Merchant’s House Museum scored a victory last night, garnering support from Community Board 2 over the proposed hotel on its western flank.
In front of a packed house, the Land Use subcommittee yesterday voted to deny the zoning text amendments required for the hotel developers to proceed. However, this determination is simply a recommendation, and the decision that matters comes from City Council and the City Planning Commission. To that end, the zoning change is unlikely without the backing of the local councilperson. In this case, Carlina Rivera, who appears skeptical.
As previously reported, the hotel would rise on the site of a one-story brick warehouse at 27 East Fourth Street that currently acts as HQ for area food cart vendors. (The garage was built in 1945-46 by Herman Kron.) Then, as now, local preservationists are concerned about the impact this major construction will invariably have on structural integrity. This classic construction dates back to 1832, and is considered New York City’s only 19th century family home that is preserved intact. Engineering and architectural experts have reportedly warned that the fragile site could potentially suffer irreversible damage if the hotel moves forward.
Also, for what it’s worth, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the plans.