Tuesday, January 13, 2009

District 35 Landmarking Update

On October 28, 2008, the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) held the first Public Hearing on the proposed Prospect Heights Historic District, the first step in the designation process. This proposal, involving 15 blocks and over 500 buildings, will serve to protect the character of this neighborhood. It is hoped that designation will be completed within the year.

Other neighborhoods in our district that are also working towards landmark protection include: Crown Heights North (part two is in the works); Wallabout, north of Myrtle Avenue (which is being considered by the LPC); and Crow Hill, between Franklin and Bedford north of Eastern Parkway (in the very early stages of gaining community support).

We are working to seek landmark protection for the Sisters of Mercy Convent, located at Willoughby and Classon Avenues. This 146-year-old complex has become a burden to maintain, and there are plans to re-locate the nuns and sell the property. Many would like to see the buildings saved and Council Member James has asked the LPC to consider landmark designation. Stay in touch for more information on this issue.

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