One-third of South Village still not landmarked
Op-Ed BY ANDREW BERMAN, Executive Director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation October 16, 2014
Word that an eight-story building is planned for 134 W. Houston St., next to the MacDougal Sullivan Gardens, has refocused attention on the unfinished fight to preserve the historic South Village, and to protect it from overdevelopment.
We’ve made incredible progress since the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation first started pushing the city to preserve this area 10 years ago: Two historic districts containing nearly 500 buildings on more than two dozen blocks have been designated, protecting a huge slice of our neighborhood’s history and preventing high-rise development by New York University and others.
But these recent plans highlight the fact that a large chunk of this historic neighborhood has still not been landmarked, including the entire section south of Houston St., and that much of this area has zoning that would allow new developments as tall as 250 feet, or even greater.
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