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 served 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.
LW! Testifying in Support of the Designation of the Central Harlem West – 130th-132nd Street Historic District
Tomorrow, LANDMARK WEST! will be speaking at the Landmarks Preservation Commission to offer our support in favor of the proposed designation of the Central Harlem West - 130th-132nd Street Historic District. We will be adding our voices to those of our friends at Save...read more
A Day of Public Outcry at the Landmarks Preservation Commission The community was out in full force yesterday at the hearing on proposed changes to the Landmarks Law. The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s hearing room was packed beyond capacity, with many forced to...read more
Don't Rule Out the Power of the Public In advance of the LPC's proposal to revise their rules--up for hearing tomorrow--we wish to share our our full testimony with you, our neighbors. We will additionally be submitting to the Commission a detailed,...read more
We Need YOU! Your Neighborhood Needs YOU! Action is Needed on 3 Major Preservation Issues: NY State legislators want to raise the FAR Cap meaning even denser developments. After years of attempts, this time it's written into the State Budget draft. The Landmarks...read more
Echoing the position of LANDMARK WEST! and several colleague organizations, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced his opposition to the proposed LPC Rules changes that LANDMARK WEST! informed you about. In his letter to Chair Srinivasan, (Full text linked)...read more
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