Mayor Appoints ‘Preservationist’ LPC Chair

Posted on: October 2nd, 2018 at 5:04 am by

Landmarked Beth Hamedrash Hagadol burned to the ground in 2017

It took more than five months, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission has a new leader.

Last Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio appointed, and City Council confirmed, Sarah Carroll as the new Chair, replacing predecessor Meenakshi Srinivasan. Local preservationists appear cautiously optimistic with the twenty-four-year LPC vet, as she’s apparently the first LPC head in decades with a background primarily in historic preservation.

“Having dedicated my career to protecting the heritage of the city I love, it is a dream realized and an incredible honor to be appointed by the Mayor and entrusted by the Council to lead the Commission,” said Carroll. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Commissioners and staff to preserve and celebrate sites that reflect the diversity and rich history of our city and to partnering with property owners, elected officials, preservationists and communities to ensure these sites remain relevant for generations to come.”

Meanwhile, Caroll has already received an earful from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, which urges the appointee to raise ongoing issues of concern, such as the Union Square Tech Hub, out-of-scale development, and ongoing demolition of historically significant buildings.

Former LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan resigned back in April amidst controversy over a proposal that would effectively remove public input from decisions regarding approval of work on landmark-designated property.

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