Leaderless LPC Doesn’t Bode Well for Lower East Side Historic District?

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 at 5:05 am by

Broome St, August 2017

With the resignation of chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is now leaderless. This absence at the top currently has preservation groups around the city scrambling for a more preservation-minded replacement. Ironic, given the mission of this office.

For the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Friends of the Lower East Side, the three-year struggle for an historic district south of Delancey Street (orbiting the Tenement Museum) is also called into question. Any potential progress made during the last regime is now likely in limbo.

The grassroots groups are urging supporters to call and write the mayor and local councilmembers to appoint a “new Chair committed to the agency’s core values – the designation of new and protection of existing landmarks – as well as to ensuring the preservation of the historic Lower East Side.”

“It is imperative that the new LPC Chair be committed to quickly moving forward with this district, which has been under review by the agency for the last three years without significant progress toward designation,” the email appeal reads.

Richard Moses from LESPI quips that this should be priority “before there is nothing left to designate.”

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