A tiny new Tribeca condo building that looks old and replaces an empty lot. Sound like a perfect fit? Well hold your horses, because the 137 Franklin Street proposal is in a historic district, and there are rules to be followed. Like genuflecting to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which yesterday didn't approve the seven-story, brick-and-steel Studio MDA design, but didn't dump on it, either.
The commissioners supported the project but asked for some changes, like a bigger cornice, shorter windows (up top), taller windows (on the bottom) and less flimsy metalwork. Even preservation group the Historic Districts Council was largely on board, though the group's testimony asked for "more than a watered down reflection of surrounding structures," given the prominence of the Franklin and West Broadway corner. After a quick trip back to the drawing board this one should be up and at 'em soon enough.
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