Public Hearing on Park Slope Historic District Expansion

Public Hearing on Park Slope Historic District Expansion

I'm pleased and proud to announce that the Landmarks Preservation Commission will be holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion of the Park Slope Landmarks Historic District on Tuesday, October 26th at 12:30 p.m. on the 9th floor of the Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street in Manhattan. Additionally, CB 6 will be holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion on Thursday, October 14th at 6 p.m at Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street. I encourage you to attend both of these events.

Over the past 18 months or so, The Park Slope Civic Council has moved to expand the current Historic District, to give more of Park Slope Landmarks protection. After extensive surveying of the neighborhood, the Landmarks Preservation Commission proposed to expand the district (PDF). The proposed expansion includes about 600 buildings over 8 square blocks in the South Slope.

The decision to hold this hearing was in response to many months of organizing by community residents, led by the Park Slope Civic Council. As chairman of the City Council's Landmarks Subcommittee (which will eventually hear and vote on the proposed expansion), I congratulate everyone involved on this important step.

The current Park Slope Historic District was created in the 1970s, and includes most of the brownstone blocks on Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West, and additional blocks in Northern Park Slope. The proposed expansion would add the blocks between Seventh and Eight Avenues, from Seventh Street through 14th Street, as well as areas adjacent to Bartel Pritchard Square (the full proposed boundaries are available on the LPC website (PDF)). The Park Slope Civic Council and others began organizing for this expansion in the spring of 2007, out of concern that too much new development was undermining the distinctive architectural character of the community, and placing treasured buildings at risk. The LPC then conducted field surveys, and held their own public meeting in the community June, which was attended by several hundred local residents.

While a historic district asks a little bit more of building owners, it helps make sure the neighborhood retains the architectural character that makes it a great place. I look forward working with the community to support this and future efforts to strengthen preservation in Park Slope.

For more information on the Historic District, and plans to landmark other parks of the neighborhood, please visit the website of the Park Slope Civic Council (PDF). For more information on the City’s Landmarks process and for detailed maps, please visit the LPC’s website (PDF).

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