12 Commissioners decide the fate of what gets landmarked and preserved for the future and what changes are allowed – yet all but one are serving on expired terms.
UPDATE! Executive Director Sarah Carroll has been tapped to become the next LPC Chair. A Committee Hearing was held on Thursday, September 20th. Confirmation by the City Council was confirmed on Wednesday, September 26th.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is the smallest of the City’s Agencies, yet is the “largest municipal preservation agency in the nation”. Its ~80 person staff stretches across several departments: Research, Preservation, Enforcement, Archaeology, and Environmental Review. The Chair of the Commission is appointed by the mayor. The remainder of the Commission is an assembly of representatives from each of the five boroughs as well as a Planner, an Historian, a Realtor and Architects. The current commission:
Sarah Carroll, Chair; Confirmed Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Fred Bland, Vice Chair; Term expired June 28, 2016
** On Tuesday, May 29th, Fred Bland was elevated to Vice Chair and will serve as interim Chair **
Adi Shamir Baron, Historian; Term expired June 28, 2016
Diana Chapin; Term expired June 28, 2015
Michael Devonshire; Term expired June 28, 2012
Wellington Z. Chen, Architect; Term expired June 28, 2017
Michael Goldblum, Architect; Term expired June 28, 2014
John Gustafsson; Term expired June 28, 2017
Jeanne Lutfy, Realtor; Term expired June 28, 2017
Kim Vauss, Architect; Term expired June 28, 2017
Anne Holford-Smith, Architect; Term ends June 28, 2019
Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair & Planner; Term expired June 28, 2016-Resigning as of June 1, 2018
Among legacy projects from the Srinivasan era are a revamp to the rules which the Commission operates according to. After much push back, although changes to the rules are continuing for consideration, but there WILL BE a second public hearing on the proposed changes–this is all thanks to joint advocacy efforts! Details on the latest proposed changes HERE, with FULL TEXT HERE. It is also hopefully a harbinger of a new era of leadership–on wherein the public again has a voice. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on the future hearing and changes in store.
Read LW! blog posts for more history & news on the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Last week, LANDMARK WEST! co-sponsored a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Penn Central v. City of New York -- the U.S. Supreme Court case that helped protect Grand Central Terminal -- and upheld New York City’s (at the time recently minted) Landmarks Law as...read more
At the start of Tuesday's Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting, Chair Srinivasan announced the mayor had appointed Fred Bland to take over as Vice Chair (and thus Interim Chair) when she steps down. Today, June 1st, is Srinivasan's last day, and so effective from...read more
Taking Exception to the Rules Public Impact on the Proposed LPC Rules Changes The Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing room was busy, hot, and brightly sunlit yesterday afternoon. One rumbling A/C unit tried, and...read more
BATTER UP! LANDMARK WEST! GETS READY TO HIT HOME PRESERVATION IDEALS AT THE LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION THIS TUESDAY For many, this weekend may bring Memorial Day parties and parades. But LANDMARK WEST! is looking ahead to Tuesday the 29th, when a plethora of...read more
In the wake of Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan's announcement of her resignation as the head of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, preservationists, developers, and concerned citizens have cast their thoughts to the...read more
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