Park Slope Historic District may get bigger
by Andrew Pavia
Oct 16, 2013 | 540 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A map outlining the current Park Slope Historic District and the proposed extension in phase II.
A map outlining the current Park Slope Historic District and the proposed extension in phase II.
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The Landmarks and Land Use Committee of Community Board 6 threw its support behind phase II of the proposed extension of the Park Slope Historic District.

This proposed plan would include select properties from Sterling Place to St. Mark’s Avenue and Berkley Place between 5th and 6th avenues. Also included would be select areas along Plaza Street West and Sterling Place between Flatbush and 7th avenues.

Overall, the extension would include approximately 287 buildings adjacent to the northern portion of the already existing Park Slope Historic District.

The city's Landmarks and Preservation Commission (LPC) broke up the Park Slope Historic District extension into phases due to size of the proposal.

The committee held a public hearing on the proposal to gauge the community’s reaction of the plan on Thursday before their vote on the same night. In attendance was Peter Bray, Chair of historic district expansion committee, who gave a presentation on the proposal of phase II to the CB 6 members.

“The LPC is charged with considering buildings of historical and architectural merit and integrity,” said Peter Bray, chair of the Historic District Expansion Committee, at a meeting last week. “And this area clearly is both. These have many of the oldest building in Park Slope.”

Bray brought a map to the meeting that provided an outline of the extension that LPC had already agreed upon to include in the district and to be reviewed by the community.

The expansion has the support of one local councilman.

“I strongly support the extension of the Park Slope Historic District, as have the residents of Park Slope who have made it clear that they care deeply about the need to preserve the history of the neighborhood,” said Councilman Stephen Levin.

The expansion would include some newly built apartment buildings that are not the traditional brownstones associated with the Park Slope neighborhood.

“I support most of the expansion and I think it’s great,” said Park Slope resident Robert Minsky. “But what worries me is the inclusion of the apartment buildings in the district. I think it is a mistake to lump these 20th century high-rise apartment buildings in with the Park Slope Historic District.

“You’re adding a new building type into this district and now saying that high-rise apartment buildings are an appropriate building type within the Park Slope Historic District,” he added.

Although he voiced opposition at the public hearing, Minsky did state that he is favor of the expansion overall.

“The notion that buildings are not presently landmark worthy does not mean that they will not be in the future,” responded committee member Roy Sloan.

After a unanimous vote in favor by the committee, the proposal now heads to the full community board.

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