BY: EVAN BINDELGLASS ON NOVEMBER 26TH 2014 AT 7:00 AM
Big changes are in store for a lot fronting West 18th Street and West 17th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in the Flatiron District. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the restoration of existing buildings at 40-42 West 18th Street and 45 West 17th Street, as well as plans to construct a new through-block building at 38 West 18th Street and 41-43 West 17th Street. This is the Ladies Mile Historic District, hence the LPC involvement.
The project was first presented by architect Morris Adjmi back in September, but failed to pass muster with the commission. The changes made for this presentation did the trick.
The last time around, the 18th Street building was concrete. This time, it was buff brick. Last time, the 17th Street building was 18 stories tall. This time, it was 16 stories tall. That’s a reduction of 19 feet and it’s now eight feet shorter than the adjacent building.