Landmarks Drops Proposal to De-Calendar Nearly 100 Historic Sites After Public Outcry

Posted On Fri, December 5, 2014 By

Posted On Fri, December 5, 2014 By In Historic Homes, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Policy

Green-Wood Cemetery via wallyg via photopin cc

Major controversy ensued earlier this week between preservationists and city officials when the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) released a proposal to de-calendar 94 historic sites and two historic districts. The plan would have left these locations, including Long Island City’s Pepsi sign, Manhattan’s Bergdorf Goodman building, and Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, completely unprotected and ripe for alterations or even demolition. Opponents of the plan can breathe a sigh of relief, though, as the LPC has withdrawn its controversial proposal.

Many sites on the list have been there for up to 50 years, but LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan assured the public that they would be dealt with sooner rather than later. “We remain committed to making the Landmarks Commission more effective and responsive in its work, and clearing a backlog of items,” she said in a statement.

[Via NY Times]

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